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It’s easy to recycle old electrical items

Publish Date: 23 February 2021

Recycling your electrical items just became easier! You can now recycle your small electrical items on your waste or recycling collection day. 

Please place the items in a carrier bag and place them on top of either your black or green bin. Please do not place items inside your black or green bins.

If the electrical items won’t fit into a carrier bag then it is too large to fit into the compartments on our collection vehicles and you should take it to a Household Waste and Recycling Site. Check the table below for examples of items you can present for collection.

Yes please:

  • Anything with a plug.
  • Anything battery operated.
  • Cables, plugs.
  • Only items that can fit in a standard size plastic carrier bag.
  • Batteries (if removable) in a separate bag please.


No thanks:

(Please take these to a Household Waste Recycling Site)

  • Items too big to fit in a standard size plastic carrier bag.
  • Traditional old style light bulbs, low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.



Batteries are hazardous waste and should never be placed in your black bin or your green bin.    Batteries cause fires within waste collection vehicles and at Waste Transfer Stations.

Please place batteries in a separate bag on top of either your black bin or your green bin.

Please remove batteries and battery units from any small electricals that you are putting out for collection. Integrated or built in rechargeable batteries do not need to be removed.

Alkaline, Silver-Oxide and Zinc carbon and lithium batteries can all be recycled through our kerbside battery collection service.  Rechargeable batteries and power packs can also be recycled through this service.

Lead-acid, mercury and other types of industrial and vehicle batteries cannot be recycled through this collection services.

What happens to small electricals and batteries placed out for kerbside recycling?

Once taken back to depots, small electricals are collected by MDJ Light Bros in Lewes for reprocessing and recycling on its site at Greystone Quarry facility. There, the items are separated into the various different components for recycling. The separated components are then sold to customers depending on demand and market conditions.

Household batteries collected at the kerbside are taken to a facility in Garforth, Leeds, where they are bulked and sent on for recycling.

The bulked batteries are taken to one of two specialist facilities owned by Revatech in Belgium. Here at either the Monsin or Engis facility, the batteries are sorted by type before going through mechanical treatment to crush and screen the material. The material goes through a chemical treatment process before being recycled. Base metals and plastics are recovered. The resources gained from recycling batteries are the very same materials being mined in other parts of the world.


Items for kerbside recycling or that need to be taken to a household recycling site
Yes please No thanks – (Please take these to a Household Waste Recycling Site)
Small household appliances: Hairdryers, irons, clocks and alarms, smoke detectors, electric razors and toothbrushes Refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, dryer
Small kitchen appliances: Food mixers, toasters, kettles, blenders Cookers, ovens and microwaves
Electric or battery powered toys and games Televisions, (including flat screens)
Computer equipment: laptops, tablets, external storage drives, mouses, keyboards, small flatscreen monitors Old style light bulbs, low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
Telephones: telephone handsets, base stations, mobile phones, smart phones Car batteries
Remote control handsets
Household lighting including LED bulbs, desk lamps, garden lights and Christmas lights
E-cigarette tips
Cables, plugs, transformers and charging units for the above
Sockets, switches, dimmers, taps with safety features or sensors

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10/06/1921 – 09/04/2021


Message from Councillor Pam Doodes, Chairman of Wealden District Council: 

“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Councillors and Officers of Wealden District Council are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.”


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sadly, we are not able to have a designated area for flowers and tributes but we are suggesting that people can make donations if they so wish. We understand the financial pressures of the current situation so please do not feel obliged to donate. However, for those who wish to and are able to do so, The Duke of Cambridge has launched an urgent appeal asking those who can, to donate money to the National Emergencies Trust to help local charities, distribute money and support victims in combatting the impact of the pandemic.

Further information is available at www.nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk

For details of arrangements in your area, please visit your Town/Parish website. A list of the Town and Parish details can be found on our website.

Book of Condolence: 

Regrettably, due to the pandemic there will be no public condolence book set up at the Wealden District Council offices but members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence  on The Buckingham Palace website

Church Services: Our local churches are in the process of working through the practicalities of having the church buildings open so that the public may come in to pay respects in this way. We would advise contacting your local church for details.

Please visit The Buckingham Palace website to find further details about what is happening at a national level; details of the funeral arrangements will be available in the coming days.

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