Recycling batteries and electronics

This service is not available to residents living in flats that put their rubbish in communal bins. You can recycle your household batteries at Mercury House and Town Hall receptions, and at some Havering libraries. Alternatively, you can take your household batteries to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre in Upminster or to a local supermarket.

Household batteries should be placed in small carrier or sandwich bags and left by your rubbish and recycling sacks on collection day.

Once picked up the batteries are placed within a special battery box that is positioned underneath the vehicle.

The proportion of batteries in the household waste stream is small compared to other types of waste. However, batteries are a particularly hazardous waste so it is very important to recycle them.

Please note that we cannot accept:

  • Lithium batteries
  • Batteries with trailing wires
  • Corroded batteries
  • Car or industrial batteries (please take to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre)

Recycle your small electrical items

You can also recycle small waste electrical items.

Put your small waste electrical items into a securely tied carrier bag and place it next to your orange recycling sack on your day of collection.

Your waste electricals will then be collected and placed into a cage underneath the collection vehicle and taken away to be recycled.

Some waste electrical items contain materials which are hazardous such as cadmium, lead and mercury. Therefore it is really important to collect waste electrical items separately and recycle them.

What you can recycle

  • small kitchen appliances (kettles, toasters, irons etc.)
  • hair dryers, straighteners and clippers
  • clocks, watches, calculators and torches
  • remote controls, mobile phones, cameras and chargers
  • phone and laptop batteries
  • radios, mini hi-fis, CD and MP3 players
  • small electronic toys (remote control cars etc.)
  • hand power tools, smoke detectors and thermostats
 

You can recycle your larger electrical items by taking them to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre in Upminster, or by booking a bulky waste collection.

Restart your electronics

Even better than recycling is to repair and reuse your electrical items. We are running a series of Havering Restarter workshops where residents will get the opportunity to fix their waste electrical items for free.

Learn more about restarting your electronics

Other items

For other items why not check our Recycling locator. You can enter specific items to see where you can recycle them.

Find out where else you can recycle items

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