On this page you will find information about recycling small electrical items.

What can be recycled?

Everything with a plug, battery or cable (including loose cables themselves) can be recycled and transformed into anything from children’s playgrounds to life saving equipment.

Small electrical and electronic items (toasters, kettles, vapes, hairdryers) can be recycled through your kerbside recycling collection – but the item has to fit inside a standard carrier bag (not bin bags).

Larger items

For any larger electrical and electronic items (TVs, fridges, washing machines), you can either:

How can I recycle my electrical and electronic waste?

There are several options to recycle electrical and electronic waste.

Along with your recycling collection

Small electrical and electronic items can be put out alongside your normal kerbside recycling collection.

  1. Remove any glass, such as lightbulbs
  2. Put items in a normal sized carrier bag
  3. Place on top of the lid of your recycling bin or box on collection day (not inside)

If you live in a block of flats with communal bins, please don’t place electrical or electronic waste on top of the communal bins. Instead, use one of the other options to recycle your electrical and electronic items.

At recycling points

Other ways to recycle

  • Share Portsmouth have created a local map showing where you can repair, donate, sell or recycle your unwanted electrical and electronic items in Portsmouth.
  • Some retailers offer to collect and recycle your old electrical items for free when you purchase a new one (e.g., washing machine, refrigerators) – check with the retailer.

Why recycle your electronics?

We have partnered with Recycle Your Electricals (RYE) to make it easier for everyone to reuse and recycle unwanted electricals and electronics and make the most of the valuable materials within them.

Discarded old electricals and electronics are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world – and in the UK. 155,000 tonnes of electricals are discarded every year, instead of reusing or recycling them. That creates electronic waste – and that poses a major threat to the environment and to human health.

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