Recycling batteries and electronics
Batteries are a particularly hazardous waste so it is very important to recycle them and not put them in the rubbish (black sack).
Put your batteries in a small clear carrier or sandwich bag and leave it by your black rubbish and orange recycling sacks on your collection day. These will be collected and kept separate for recycling.
Please note: 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 in Upminster, local supermarkets or large stores.Use the Recycling Locator to find a recycling location near you.
The following batteries are only accepted at Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre and not through the kerbside collections:
- lithium batteries
- batteries with trailing wires
- corroded batteries
- car or industrial batteries (please take those 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
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.