Waste Electrical Equipment and Battery Recycling

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

WEEE can take it off your hands…

Electrical items can be recycled at your local household waste and recycling centre (HWRC). From the biggest TV, to the smallest electric toothbrush.  This could include:

  • Kettles and other kitchen electricals
  • Broadband routers
  • VHS players
  • Old computers
  • Games consoles
  • Digital cameras
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Children’s toys
  • Mobile phones

Remember: you don’t always need to throw your electrical items away when they become unwanted or broken.

  • There are repair cafes located up and down Cornwall offering to extend the life of your equipment. Whilst helping you get the skills you need to fix things yourself in the future.
  • Could your item go to a new home? Charity shops would happily take and sell on your working electronic items, with the proceeds going to a good cause.


In 2014, the UK threw away 620 million batteries.

In Cornwall specifically, 123 tonnes of batteries are thrown away each year. Whilst the weight sounds minimal, this actually equates to 5.35 million batteries. That’s approximately 20 thrown away per year in each of Cornwall’s 270,000 households.

Batteries can cause problems when processed with rubbish through the Cornwall Energy Recycling Centre.  They are also poisonous to our natural environment. 

Some advice on batteries:

  • Reduce: We would primarily recommend not using products with replaceable batteries.
  • Reuse/Recharge: If you need to, then please use rechargeable batteries.
  • Recycle - Battery Boxes: Fill up a box with “dead” batteries. Once its full, take it to your HWRC or battery recycling point. More information about your local recycling points can be found at the battery bank recycling point finder.

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