Recycling Electrical Items and Household Batteries

How to recycle electrical items and batteries


You can now recycle even more items at the kerbside. We collect household batteries and small electrical items, measuring no bigger than 30cm x 20cm x 20cm, alongside your other recycling. 

Electrical items include:

  • Small kitchen appliances – kettles, sandwich makers, electric scales
  • Small living room equipment – clocks, telephone and answering machines
  • Small domestic equipment – irons, smoke alarms, heat detectors
  • Personal care equipment – rechargeable electric toothbrushes (excluding battery powered), shavers, hair dryers, razors
  • Small DIY/garden tools – drills and sanders
  • Gadgets - cameras, mp3 players and mobiles
  • Electrical wire/extension leads
  • Household batteries such as AA, AAA, button and rechargeable batteries

Please don’t put these extra items inside your Big Bin, instead use a carrier bag and leave them next to or on the lid of your recycling bin for collection on your recycling day.

Electrical items and batteries need to be collected, transported and recycled separately to make sure the heavy metals they contain (for example, nickel, cadmium) do not leak out, causing pollution in the local environment or damage to nearby wildlife and people. 

Electrical items we cannot collect at the kerbside include:

  • Light bulbs
  • Battery powered items. For example, calculators, torches, razors, toothbrushes
  • Circuit boards
  • Food and body scales

Electrical items too large for the kerbside?

You can recycle other small electrical gadgets at our electrical recycling banks in Bournemouth, as long as they measure no bigger than 60cm x 45cm x 20cm in size.

Some of these electrical items include; breadmakers, large toasters, audio speakers, small electric heaters and larger games consoles.

If your electrical item is bigger than 60cm x 45cm x 20cm, please take it to Millhams Community Recycling CentreChristchurch Household Recycling Centre (based on Wilverley Road) or Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling centre. If you can't get it to one of our recycling centres you could have it collected using our bulky waste service.

If you leave large electricals outside the electrical recycling banks, it’s classed as fly-tipping – and you might get a fine. 

Electrical items 

Where is my closest electrical recycling bank?

You’ll find a small electrical recycling bank at:

  • Hawkwood Road car park, Boscombe
  • Littledown Centre, Chaseside
  • Woodside Road car park, Southbourne
  • Durley Road car park, Westcliff
  • Cranmer Road car park, Winton