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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

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Every now and then we all have a bit of a clear-out, but that doesn’t mean we have to waste those unwanted electrical items hidden in the back of a cupboard or in the garden shed.

Leicestershire County Council has teamed up with Recycle Now on the 'Don't bin it, bring it' campaign, which encourages people to take electrical and electronic items to one of the Borough’s 3 Recycling and Household Waste Sites (RHWS) – Loughborough, Shepshed, Mountsorrel - for recycling.

Visit to find out more about the campaign.

What can be Recycled?

It can be recycled if it:

  • Has a mains cable
  • Uses disposable batteries
  • Needs charging
  • Has a crossed out wheelie bin symbol on it

Simply take it along to any of our RHWS.

Examples include:

  • Electric toothbrush
  • Electronic toys
  • Remote controls
  • Battery operated watches
  • Power drills

Where can it be Recycled?

If the item is still in working order, you can give it to a friend, sell it online or give it away online (freeuse, freegle or

But if not, householders can take any small electrical items to their local RHWS where dedicated bins for small electrical items are available.

Alternatively, just as some retailers collect your old appliances for recycling, a number of them will also accept your old small electrical items for recycling in store when you buy new ones. For example, mobile phone retailers may take your old phone back or provide you with a post bag to send the phone off to be reconditioned or recycled.

Electrical retailers are also obliged to offer help and advice and many provide recycling take back services.

Click here for a list of stores that take back your electronic items when buying a replacement.*

Why should I recycle my electrical items?

  • Electrical waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK increasing by 5% each year.
  • 2 million working PCs end up in landfill sites in the UK every year.
  • Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill where lead and other toxins (arsenic, bromine, cadmium, mercury, etc) can cause soil and water contamination.

Recycling those items helps prevent pollution and saves resources by recycling the plastic and metal in the items.

 How is it Recycled?

After checking for hazardous components, the mechanical processing is applied. In this process, ferrous and aluminium material is initially separated. This is followed by the separation of the copper based concentrate in which all precious and other non-ferrous metals are present. During the initial and the final stages of the process, plastics are also separated from the metal fraction for recycling.

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Last updated: Tue 21st January, 2014 @ 17:06

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