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‘Don’t bin it, bring it!’

It’s that time of year when many of us do a bit of spring cleaning, but that doesn’t have to mean that we have to waste those unwanted electrical items hidden in the back of cupboard or in the garden shed.

Leicestershire County Council has teamed up with Recycle Now on the new 'Don't bin it, bring it' campaign, which encourages people to take electrical and electronic items to one of the County's 14 recycling and household waste sites (RHWS) for recycling.

Visit ‘’ to find out more about the campaign.

What Can Be Recycled?

What can be recycled?
Look out for the crossed out wheelie bin symbol

It can be recycled if it:

Simply take it along to any of our RHWS.

Examples include:

Where Can It Be Recycled?

If the item is still in working order, you can give it to a friend, sell it online or give it away online (freeuse or

But if not householders can take any small electrical items to their local RHWS where dedicated bins for small electrical items are available.

Alternatively, just as some retailers collect your old appliances for recycling, a number of them will also accept your old small electrical items for recycling in store when you buy new ones. For example, mobile phone retailers may take your old phone back or provide you with a post bag to send the phone off to be reconditioned or recycled.

Electrical retailers are also obliged to offer help and advice and many provide recycling take back services.

Click here for a list of stores that take back your electronic items when buying a replacement.*

Why Should I Recycle My Electrical Items?

Recycling those items helps prevent pollution and saves resources by recycling the plastic and metal in the items.

How Is It Recycled?

After checking for hazardous components, the mechanical processing is applied. In this process, ferrous and aluminium material is initially separated. This is followed by the separation of the copper based concentrate in which all precious and other non-ferrous metals are present. During the initial and the final stages of the process, plastics are also separated from the metal fraction for recycling.

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