Braintree residents urged to recycle unwanted electrical items

RE-USE OR RECYCLE: Radios, toasters and hairdryers are among the everyday items that can be taken to local libraries (Image Credit: Getty)

Submitted by Braintree District Council

Braintree District Council is asking local residents to stop and think before throwing away old small WEEE equipment (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) such as radios, toasters or hairdryers.

With an estimated two million tonnes of electrical items being thrown away in the UK every year, the council is asking people to repair, regift or recycle instead.

Councillor Richard van Dulken, cabinet member for operations and commercialisation, said: “Every family is buying more and more electrical items and when they break it is tempting to just replace the item with a new one.

“We would always encourage residents to have them repaired in the first instance but where that isn’t possible thankfully there are several options to recycle the items so they don’t end up in landfill.”

With local libraries across Essex now offering recycling bins for smaller items, it has never been easier to recycle them.  

Items dropped off at libraries throughout the district will be sorted to see if they can be cleaned and repaired, and any items that are too damaged or do not pass the General Product Safety Regulations will then be recycled in the proper manner.

Residents could also consider repairing, selling or donating the items, taking them to the nearest recycling centre for household waste or adding smaller items to bulk waste collection services at no extra cost.  


During the Covid-19 pandemic, Braintree District Council introduced a small WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling service at drop-off locations on a four-weekly cycle.

With the pandemic restrictions now lifted, the options available to residents have been re-instated and the council’s drop-off service is no longer required. The last collection day for this service will be Wednesday, August 10.

A full list of Essex County Council’s libraries that offer small WEEE recycling drop-off bins is available here.

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