Electrical & Electronic Equipment
When the sparks gone from your old electricals, there are many things you can do to stop them from being disposed of! Whether it’s old mobile phones, busted power tools or simply a broken kettle or toaster, all your unwanted electrical items can be reused or recycled.
Reusing your electrical items
If they’ve got a fault that may be mended, take them to a Repair Café. Volunteer menders (often experts!) will attempt to fix anything from laptops to vacuum cleaners for a small donation. This saves these items from going to waste and saves you money.
Find your nearest Repair Café here.
You can also take items to your local electrical repair shop for more specialist repairs such as phone screens.
If the items are not broken and in good working condition, charity shops may accept them. Also, some furniture charities accept household goods to give to those in need. Find out more about reusing your unwanted items on our Reuse pages here.
Recycling your electrical items
Completely broken household electricals or electronic items can be dropped off at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre so the precious resources, especially metals, in them can be separated and recycled.
Did you know that 1 iron has enough steel to make 13 cans?! Recycle Now have more information on how your electricals get recycled.
Alternatively, some councils offer a small electricals recycling service – find out if yours does here.
Our A-Z of Recycling pages include lots of information about recycling specific electricals.
Also, don’t forget electrical items can also be hired from shops around Devon! Your local area may have access to a Share Shed or Library of Things where you can borrow items you don’t need very often instead of buying new.