Electrical waste

Switch off your e-waste!

Nearly 25% of electrical and electronic equipment taken to recycling centres (worth around £200 million a year!) could be re-used.

Have a look at these 5 top tips for reducing your electrical waste:

  1. Re-evaluate. Do you really need that extra gadget? Try finding one device with multiple functions.

  2. Extend the life of your electronics. Buy a case, keep your device clean, and avoid overcharging the battery.

  3. Recycling Centres and some charity shops accept donations of working electricals. Check before you visit on www.charityretail.org.uk

  4. Repair or upgrade - often only one component is actually broken, not the whole thing. Check out www.ifixit.com or www.familyhandyman.com to help you repair your item.

  5. Refurbished items are goods that have been taken back by the manufacture. These are then checked to make sure these still work. These are the put up for sale at a reduced amount saving you money and reducing waste.


Lots of electrical waste, iron, kettle, toaster


If you can't fix or re-use your electricals, remember to recycle them!

You can do this by:

  • Taking them to any Suffolk Recycling Centre
  • In Ipswich and East Suffolk (formally Suffolk Coastal) you can place them in a small electricals recycling banks.
  • Across Ipswich, The Ipswich furniture project offers free collections for large white goods
  • By recycling your electricals all the raw materials can be separated and used again. 

Please do not place electrical items in either your general rubbish or recycling bin as many contain hazardous and precious metals. 

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Find out how your electricals are recycled