Did you know that over six million electrical items are thrown away in the UK each year? What’s more, is over half of them could still be used or repaired.
It’s important to dispose of electrical items both safely and correctly. By doing this, it helps to minimise the risks to peoples health and protects the environment.
But unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know how to dispose of electrical items properly. This leads to unnecessary waste and ultimately costs money.
But don’t worry because in this article, we’ll outline the correct ways to dispose of electrical items, so you don’t make common mistakes.
What Electrical Items Can You Recycle?
It’s beneficial to recycle unwanted electrical items to prevent them from going to landfills. When you recycle items, they can be broken down and turned into brand new goods.
An electrical appliance can usually be recycled if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:
- Does it have a plug?
- Does it use a charger or batteries?
- Does it have a picture of a crossed-out wheelie bin on it?
If you can’t answer yes to any of the above questions, then the appliance cannot be recycled.
How to Dispose of Electrical Items Which Are Small
Most of the electrical items you’ll throw away will likely be small. Small electrical items are generally appliances that can fit into a carrier bag. These are typically things such as:
- Household batteries
- Mobile phone and laptop batteries
- Mobile Phones
- Electric Toothbrushes
Different councils have different rules and procedures around disposing of these electrical items.
Household batteries can usually be collected curbside as long as they’re placed inside the correct bag. Usually, this is yellow and needs to be placed on top of your recycling bin.
Some councils also collect the other items if you place them inside a carrier bag and separate them from your household recycling. But, you should always check on your local council’s website before attempting this.
Other ways of safe disposal include visiting your local recycling plant or taking them to an electronics retailer. For example, if you buy a new kettle at Curry’s, they’ll have to dispose of your old one for you.
How To Dispose of Large Electrical Appliances
For larger items such as fridges, freezers, televisions etc, you have a few options.
Just like small items, you can take them to your local recycling centre. Also, you could contact the council and see whether they offer a collection service.
But be aware that you may have to pay for this service, so ask questions before committing.
Why You Need to Dispose of Electrical Items Correctly
We hope our guide on how to dispose of electrical items has been useful to you.
We encourage you to find out the rules and procedures in your local area before disposing of items. Also, never leave them in unsuitable areas like on the side of a road. If you do, you may have to pay a fine.
If you’re ever unsure or need support working with electrical appliances; you can contact our electricians in Milton Keynes.