Recycling batteries and electronics

Recycle batteries

Batteries are a particularly hazardous waste so it is very important to recycle them and not put them in the rubbish (black sack).

Some batteries can be put in a small clear carrier or sandwich bag and left it by your black rubbish and orange recycling sacks on your collection day.

These will be collected and kept separate for recycling.

Please note that this service is not available to residents living in flats that put their rubbish in communal bins.

Alternatively, you can take your household batteries to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre, local supermarkets or large stores. Use the Recycling Locator to find a recycling location near you.

Batteries you can recycle with your sacks on collection day

  • 6V
  • D
  • C
  • AA
  • AAA
  • 9V
  • Button

Batteries you can't recycle with your sacks on collection day

  • Lithium
  • Batteries with trailing wires
  • Corroded
  • Damaged
  • Industrial
  • Car batteries

Household lithium batteries, batteries with trailing wires and car batteries can be taken to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Recycle your small electrical items

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 rather then put them in the rubbish (black sack).

Put your small waste electrical items into a clear or open carrier bag (so we can see what’s inside) and place it next to your orange recycling sack on your day of collection.

In the bag placed by your orange sack you can recycle:

  • small kitchen appliances (such as kettles, toasters, irons)
  • 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 (such as remote control cars)
  • 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 run a series of Havering Restarter Workshops where you get the opportunity to fix your waste electrical items for free. Contact us for more information

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

Still not sure? Use our 'what item goes where' search facility to get information about what to do with your unwanted items.

What item goes where recycling and waste guide

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