Electrical items are banned from landfill sites and should be should be disposed of separately to your other waste. The manufacturers, producers and retailers of the equipment will pay for it to be recycled.
Where to take household WEEE
The seven waste recycling centres in Oxfordshire are registered as collection points for household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). This means you can take electrical items (anything with electrical or electronic parts, or a plug or battery) there, including:
- computers and laptops
- electric heaters
- fluorescent tubes and lamps
- fridges and freezers
- lawnmowers (electric)
- shaving equipment
- vacuum cleaners
- washing machines/tumble dryers
...and place them in the appropriately-marked container.
Some district councils also collect small electrical items from the kerbside, or have containers around the county. For more information please visit:
- Cherwell District Council
- Oxford City
- South Oxfordshire District Council
- Vale of White Horse District Council
- West Oxfordshire District Council
Collection of large items
Your district or city council is able to take away fridges, freezers, washing machines and other large items through their own bulky waste collection schemes. Contact them directly for more details, including charges.
What happens to WEEE?
WEEE items are broken down so that the different materials they are made up of can be removed and recycled.
Some companies offer an in-store take-back of electrical items on a like for like basis. If you purchase a new electrical item, these stores will dispose of your old item for you.
Businesses - how traders can recycle their old electrical items
Waste recycling centres are for use by householders only and cannot accept waste from commercial sources. However, small businesses and traders have a duty of care under this scheme, which means they also have to comply with the WEEE regulations.
Read the duty of care to find out how to comply with the new regulations and make financial savings for your business.