Small electrical items (hairdryers, kitchen gadgets, mobile phones etc)

Find out how to reduce, reuse and recycle small electrical items.


Before thinking about reuse, recycling or disposal options for your small electrical item, have you considered whether it could be repaired?

There are several repair cafes and groups in Suffolk who offer free help to local communities. Please visit the repair cafes page to find out more.


Offer electrical items in good condition and full working order to charity shops or through an online reuse network.

Donate small electricals in working condition at any Suffolk Recycling Centre (by placing them in the reuse containers at site) where they are tested and sold either at The Benjamin Foundation or by local charities Gatehouse and Ipswich Furniture Project. 

If you are looking to donate computers, laptops or phones please make sure you wipe the hard drives and memory or remove memory cards first as the charities may not do this.


If electrical items are beyond repair you can take them to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and place in small electricals items container. Make sure any batteries are removed and recycled in battery container

  • check whether your retailer has a take back scheme.
  • take items to small electrical recycling banks only if you're in Ipswich or East Suffolk. Find your nearest recycling bank.

Electrical items (mains and battery powered) must not be thrown away in your rubbish bin. They contain small quantities of hazardous material as well as precious metals and should be properly recycled.