Please note Small Electrical collections will commence from the 23 November.
Bin hangers will be delivered with your next scheduled rubbish collection, starting from the 9 November

Currently this service is not available if your bins are located in a communal bin store.

Everything with a plug, battery or cable has the potential to be recycled. If you have an individual kerbside rubbish collection you can recycle old or broken small electrical items at the kerbside.  

Currently this service is not available if your bins are located in a communal bin store. You can find alternative electrical recycling options here

Properties with kerbside collections can download our Small Electrical Collections service leaflet here

How does the kerbside collection work?

Most unwanted or broken small electrical appliances, those items powered by batteries or with a plug, cable or lead can be recycled at the kerbside. Small electrical appliance recycling is collected every two weeks with your normal scheduled rubbish collection.  

Little and Often - Please recycle “little and often” as space is limited on our collection vehicles for the storage of electrical items

Bag It - Simply place the item(s) into a standard carrier size type plastic bag (no larger than 35 x 40cm and not in black bin bags)

Tie It – Securely tie the bag so the items do not fall out

Recycle It - Place next to your black lidded rubbish bin on your scheduled collection day

Preparing your items for recycling

As easy as ABC….

Ask?

Does your old electrical contain any of the following:

Bag it

  • Find a standard carrier sized type plastic bag that you can use to store all your old small electricals until collection day

Check

  • Is your item listed on our kerbside collections checklist? If so, we will collect it from your home
  • For any items not on our kerbside collections checklist visit, please visit recycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find your nearest reuse or recycling point

What type of small electrical appliances can be collected at the kerbside?

If the item you are looking to recycle is not listed, you can find details of alternative electrical recycling options here or email wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk with your query

Entertainment, Toys and Leisure Equipment
  • Answering machines
  • Audio amplifiers
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Cassette players
  • CD Players
  • Chargers
  • Computers for biking, driving, running, rowing etc
  • Digital photo frames (screen size 6” diameter or less)
  • Digital boxes
  • DVD players
  • Electronic toys and games
  • Facsimile
  • Games consoles
  • Games controllers
  • Headphones
  • iPods
  • Microphones
  • Mini Hi fi systems
  • Mobile phones
  • MP3 players
  • Musical instruments
  • Portable fitness equipment e.g. vibration plate, toning belts
  • Portable stereos
  • Radios
  • Remote controls
  • Routers
  • Set top boxes
  • Speakers
  • Sports equipment with electric or electronic components
  • Telephones
  • Turntables
Household Appliances
  • Air purifiers / fresheners (remove perfume or oil and dispose of safely)
  • Alarm clocks
  • Automatic peelers / can openers / jar openers
  • Blenders and smoothie makers
  • Clocks
  • Clothes steamers
  • Coffee grinders
  • Coffee machines
  • De-humidifiers
  • Dictaphones
  • Diffusers
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric knives
  • Extractor fans
  • Extension cable/leads
  • Fans (e.g. small ceiling fans or desk)
  • Fan heaters
  • Food processors/choppers
  • Food mixers (handheld)
  • Food mixers (stand)
  • Fryers/Air fryers
  • Hand held vacuum cleaners / dust busters
  • Hand held steam cleaners
  • Heat pads
  • Hot water dispensers
  • Grills
  • Ice cream makers
  • Irons
  • Juicers and pressers
  • Hot plates
  • Kettles
  • Kitchen scales (remove batteries)
  • Multi cookers
  • Omelette makers
  • Sandwich toasters
  • Sodastreams
  • Toasters
  • Travel adaptors
Household Batteries
  • 6V
  • D
  • C
  • AA
  • AAA
  • 9v
  • Button
  • Mobile phone batteries
Lighting

Small domestic light fittings can be recycled at the kerbside if they comprise an electrical connection. Examples include:

  • Bike lights
  • Ceiling lights
  • Christmas tree, fairy and string lights
  • Desk / table lamps
  • Pendant light cables
  • Torches (remove any batteries)
  • Wall lights

Remove all lightbulbs from their fittings as these need to be recycled separately as some contain potentially dangerous substances. Visit www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find further information including your nearest recycling point.

Personal grooming appliances
  • Bathroom scales
  • Ceramic rollers
  • Curling tongs
  • Epilators (hair remover)
  • Hair clippers
  • Hair dryers
  • Hair straighteners/stylers
  • Nail care devices
  • Shavers
  • Stylers
  • Trimmers
  • Toothbrushes/tooth cleaning tools
Power Tools, Gardening and DIY
  • Angle grinders
  • Circular saw
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Extension lead
  • Garden pruners
  • Garden saws
  • Glue and heat gun
  • Jigsaw
  • Mini saw
  • Multi tools
  • Impact drivers
  • Nail gun
  • Power drill
  • Rotary multi tool
  • Routers
  • Sander / planer
  • Sewing machine (small)
  • Shears
  • Soldering iron
  • Tile cutter
Smart Devices and IT

For help on deleting data from your smart device visit www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk

  • Baby monitors
  • Calculators (pocket and desk)
  • Electrical and electronic typewriters
  • Fax machines
  • Go-Pros
  • Headsets
  • Keyboards
  • IT accessories (e.g mouse, dongles)
  • Phones and telecomms
  • Routers
  • Sat Navs
  • Scanners (not if integrated with a printer)
  • Smart speakers
  • Smart watches
  • Webcams
Monitoring and Control Instruments
  • SMART energy screens (less than 6” diameter)
  • Smoke alarms / detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Thermostats / temperature control devices
  • Timers (cooking)
  • Timers (lights)

What can’t be collected at the kerbside?

We are unable to collect electrical items larger than 35cm x 40cm as they won’t fit into the storage cages on our collection vehicles. We are also unable to accept the following specific items:

  • Non-household batteries

The following batteries are not accepted:

- Those left inside an electrical appliance. These should be removed and placed out for collection in a separate bag next to your rubbish bin. (Check the list of acceptable batteries above)
- Batteries with trailing wires
- Children’s ride on toy batteries
- Corroded batteries
- Motorbike batteries
- Industrial batteries
- Sealed lead acid / gel batteries
- 12V leisure batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs
  • Gas cylinders from hair styling equipment
  • Glass or ceramic electrical items (e.g slow cookers or glass kettles)
  • Printers, ink cartridges and toners
  • Microwave ovens
  • Oils, perfumes or other liquids from an electrical device (e.g. diffusers)
  • TVs and computer monitors
  • Laptops, notebooks, tablets and E-readers

Alternative Electrical Recycling, Repair and Re-use Options

Repair and Re-Use

It is always preferable to try and repair something rather than recycling it. There are several Repair Café's within our district where you can take items for free to try and get them repaired. Visit our Community Recycling website page for details www.midsussex.gov.uk/community-recycling   

Bulky Waste Collection Service

We are unable to collect items larger than 35cm x 40cm as they won’t fit into the storage cages on our collection vehicles. For any larger items you wish to be collected please visit our Bulky Waste Collection page.

Household Waste Recycling Sites

Electrical items can also be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Site

Recycling Locator Tool

Everything with a plug, cable or battery has the potential to be recycled. If you would like to explore other, alternative re-use and recycling options please visit www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk for all the latest information and advice and use the ‘recycling locator’ tool to find your nearest recycling point.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will kerbside collections take place? 

Small electrical items and batteries will be collected every two weeks with your black lidded rubbish bin on your scheduled collection day  

I have a communal rubbish collection. How do I dispose of my small electricals?

We are unable to provide a kerbside collection to properties with communal bins at the present time. You can recycle small electrical items at your local Household Waste Recycling Site, for larger items you can also use our bulky waste collection service or alternatively visit the recycling locator www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find alternative recycling options. 

How should the items be presented for collection? 
  • Items should be placed in  a standard size carrier type plastic bag (35cm x 40cm) or smaller, which has been tied to secure the contents and left  next to your rubbish bin
  • Items should not be placed in black bags. Any black bags will not be collected 
  • Batteries should be placed in a separate bag, which has been tied and left next to your rubbish bin  
  • Do not put any electrical items inside your rubbish bin (even if it is raining) as this could lead to the bin being rejected
When should the bags be placed out for collection? 

All bags must be placed out for collection next to your rubbish bin by 7 am on the scheduled collection day  

How many bags can I leave out? 

Collections are limited to one bag of small electricals and one bag of batteries per collection as there is limited storage capacity in the cages fitted to our collection vehicles. Please place items out for collection “little and often” to ensure everyone can benefit from this collection service.  

Can the items be left on top of the bin rather than at the side?

It is preferable to leave your items at the side of the bin rather than the top for safety reasons. Items could be knocked off by passers by or blown off in the wind 

Why can’t I recycle larger items? 

We are unable to collect items larger than 35cm x 40cm as there is limited space in the storage cages which have been fitted onto the collection vehicles.  For any larger electrical items you wish to be collected please visit our bulky waste collection page  

What if all my items won’t fit in a small bag?

Please store any additional small electrical items or batteries ready for your next scheduled rubbish collection 

What happens if it’s raining? 

If wet weather is forecasted please do not leave bags out for collection, keep them for your next rubbish collection 

What happens if I miss a collection?

Simply store your items somewhere dry ready for collection with your next scheduled rubbish collection

What do I do with missed collection bags?

As no return visit will be made for missed bags, please either:

Why was my collection missed? 
  • If your rubbish bin was collected but the bag of small electricals or batteries was missed this could be due to the cage on the collection vehicle which is used to store the items being full.

To try and avoid these types of missed collections and ensure all residents are able to benefit from this service please leave bagged small electrical items and / or batteries out “little and often” rather than saving a large number of items for collection.   

  • If the items were left out for collection in a black bag next to your rubbish bin they will not be taken
How do I identify a recyclable electrical item?

If your electrical appliance is no longer usable and you want to check whether it is recyclable or not use this checklist: 

  • Are there any plugs in your electrical items?
  • Is it battery operated?
  • Does it require charging?
  • Is there a picture displaying a crossed-out bin on it?

If any of these elements are applicable, then the electrical item is recyclable. Not all small electrical items are able to be recycled using our kerbside collection service. Check the list on our website. If the item is not listed you can take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Site, for larger items use our bulky waste collection service or alternatively visit the recycling locator www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find alternative recycling options.

I am not sure what is wrong with my electrical item? Could it be repaired?

It is always preferable to try and repair something rather than recycling it. There are several Repair Café's within our district where you can take items for free to try and get them repaired. Visit our Community Recycling website page

What items can and cannot be collected at the kerbside?

Electrical items we are unable to take for collection at the kerbside can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site, for larger items you can also use our bulky waste collection service or alternatively visit the recycling locator at www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find alternative recycling options.

Why can’t I recycle laptops or tablets at the kerbside?

We are unable to collect any laptops, tablets, notebooks or E-readers at the kerbside if their screen size exceeds 6 inches. You should take these items to your local Household Waste Recycling Site for recycling or visit the recycling locator www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find alternative recycling options.  

Do I need to remove any personal data from IT devices?

It is the owners responsibility to remove any personal information from smart devices or computers prior to recycling. This will prevent your data from being compromised or used by another person. Visit www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk for further advice. 

Why can't these unwanted items be put into the blue lidded recycling bin if they all go for recycling?

Electrical items are stripped down to their component parts e.g. metals and plastics so cannot be recycled along with the contents of your blue lidded recycling bin which include items such as cans, cardboard packaging and glass. These are sorted by conveyor belts at the MRF (Materials Recycling Facility). 

Why do I have to remove batteries, bulbs and liquids from all small electrical appliances?
  • Batteries need to be presented separately for recycling using our kerbside collection service as they are processed in a different way to the other small electricals we can collect. It is vital you remember to remove any batteries from electrical equipment as this could lead to a fire if left attached to the device.  
  • Bulbs need to be removed from their fittings assome contain potentially dangerous substances. Visitrecycleyourelectricals.org.uk to find further information including your nearest recycling point. 
  • Liquids such as essential oils from electronic diffusers/air fresheners will contaminate the recycling and could also lead to a fire as they are highly flammable. Do not dispose of such liquids down drains or via other methods that can cause the substances to come into contact with water supplies, vegetation or animals. Visit www.westsussexrecycles.co.uk for information and advice on disposal
Can I put car batteries out for collection?

There are several battery types we are unable to collect from the kerbside, including car batteries, as they contain acid. Please check the battery list on our website for details. Those batteries not suitable for kerbside collection should be disposed of safely at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.       

Does the plug need taking off the appliance?

All cables, leads and plugs should be left attached to the appliances  

Contact Us

Waste Management Team
Tel: 01444-477440
Email: wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 09 November 2020