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Recycling electrical items

What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Anything that requires batteries or a plug to operate is classified as Electrical or Electronic. WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams; around 1 million tonnes of WEEE is thrown away in the UK every year. It contains valuable metals, as well as plastics and other materials that can be recovered through the recycling process and then used to make new products.

WEEE includes:

  • hairdryers
  • electrical chargers
  • digiboxes
  • TVs
  • DIY tools
  • remote controls
  • computers
  • shavers
  • irons
  • electric toothbrushes
  • freezers
  • washing machines
  • tumble dryers
  • kettles
  • fridges
  • toasters
  • food processors
  • phones
  • electric cookers
  • radios
  • CD players
  • DVD players and VCRs
  • electronic toys
  • headphones
  • vacuum cleaners
  • game consoles

WEEE Facts

  • WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream; around 1 million tonnes of WEEE is thrown away in the UK every year.
  • By recycling one clothing iron enough steel is recovered to make 13 cans.
  • In the UK we purchase around 22.5 million phones every year. These phones will contain nearly 1 tonne of gold, over 9 tonnes of silver and over 300 tonnes of copper.
  • We achieve a 98.9% recovery rate for all TVs and small electricals sent for recycling in north London.
  • Last year in north London we recycled over 3,000 tonnes of electricals.

How do I reuse or recycle WEEE?

We are working hard to make reusing and recycling WEEE as easy as possible across north London.  Find out below what is the easiest way to reuse and recycle WEEE - there are three options to choose from.

Option 1 – Book a free collection from your doorstep

We offer a free collection service for large and bulky WEEE items which are difficult to handle. If you live in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington or Waltham Forest, you can request a free collection by calling Clearabee on 0330 088 1085 or book online.

Option 2 – Use a small WEEE bank

Working with an organisation called European Recycling Platform (ERP), we have placed small WEEE banks across the area. These banks can recycle any electrical item that is small enough to fit in the chute, such as hairdryers and two-slice toasters. The size of most of the WEEE bank chute holes is 520mm x 510mm.

Use the interactive map below to locate your nearest bank. Please note that the site at Camden Red Lion Square has been removed (6 April 2019)


View NLWA WEEE Bring Banks in a larger map.

Option 3 – Visit a reuse and recycling centre (RRC)

Our reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) take all WEEE items, large or small, as well as many other items.  Use the map below to find your nearest RRC in north London. You can find out more about our RRCs, including opening times and what materials we accept, on our reuse and recycling centres page.


View NLWA Recycling and Reuse Sites in a larger map