Did you know?
TVs, DVD players, hi-fis and computers tend to be made mostly of glass, plastic and metal, with small amounts of many other substances, some of which may be harmful to the environment. Reusing and recycling is the best way to reduce the environmental impact of these products. If your electrical item:
- has a mains cable
- has replaceable batteries
- needs charging
you should be able to recycle it!
If the item is still in good working order, pass it on to someone else who could use it. There are a whole host of websites that you could use to sell or give away things you no longer want. You could sign up to your local freecycle list and advertise it free to people in your area (but there are plenty of websites you can use to swap or sell your unwanted items.
Repair and Reuse
There is a reuse project called Rework operating at the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Details of the project can be found here. The items received are repaired, if in need of repair and it is possible to repair, and then passed on to various London charities for resale. If it is not possible to repair them, the items will be recycled instead.
You can take most items to the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre where they can be recycled. If you live in Hammersmith and Fulham you can also bring your small electrical goods to be recycled at the libraries or council offices.
Retailers and distributors who supply electrical and electronic equipment to householders must ensure that old electrical and electronic items can be returned on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis, free of charge. As such some offer a free in-store take back facility or by paying into a fund to provide alternative sites to accepts waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Further information on the recycling of electrical equipment can be found here.