A kettle being placed in an electrical waste container.

Electrical and electronic items

What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and includes anything that requires batteries or a plug to operate it. 

WEEE contains valuable materials, as well as plastics and other materials that can be recovered through the recycling process and then used to make new products. By recycling just one clothing iron, enough steel is recovered to make 13 cans.

Last year in north London we recycled over 3,000 tonnes of electricals.

How do I reuse or recycle WEEE?

Option 1: Large and bulky items – book a free collection from your doorstep

Residents within the North London Waste Authority area can book a free home collection for large electrical items from Clearabee. If you are a resident of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington or Waltham Forest, you can request a free collection by calling Clearabee on 0330 088 1085 or book online.

The Clearabee telephone lines are open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

If you change your mind or you cannot meet your collection slot, you can cancel your booking by replying to the confirmation email or emailing Clearabee on info@clearabee.co.uk with your booking reference number.

Please note: Bookings can be made up to four weeks in advanceIf you are unable to book a collection for a large electrical item please contact your local council to arrange a bulky waste collection or you can take your items to one of the NLWA reuse and recycling centres.

Option 2: Small items – take to a local recycling point

Working with an organisation called European Recycling Platform (ERP), we have placed small WEEE banks across north London. These banks can recycle any electrical item that is small enough to fit in the chute, such as hairdryers and two-slice toasters. The size of most of the WEEE bank chute holes is 520mm x 510mm.

Search for your nearest small electrical recycling bank on our Places to Recycle page:

Find your nearest WEEE bank

You can also search on Recycle Your Electrical to find local retailers that collect small electrical items for recycling.

If you live in Camden or Waltham Forest, you might be eligible for home collection services of small electrical items. Contact your Council to find out more.

Option 3: Visit a reuse and recycling centre (RRC)

Our reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) take all WEEE items, large or small, as well as many other items. You can find out more about our RRCs, including opening times and what materials we accept, on our RRCs page

Examples of WEEE include:

  • Hairdryers
  • Electrical chargers
  • Digiboxes
  • TVs
  • DIY tools
  • Remote controls
  • Computers
  • Shavers
  • Irons
  • Electrical toothbrushes
  • Freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Tumble dryers
  • Kettles
  • Fridges
  • Toasters
  • Food processors
  • Phones
  • Electric cookers
  • Radios
  • CD players
  • DVD players and VCRs
  • Electronic toys
  • Headphones
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Game consoles