Electricals and batteries

Electrical and electronic items are anything with wires, plugs or that use batteries.

Weekly collection

To recycle your small electrical items put them into a standard size plastic carrier bag, tied up so that they keep dry. Put batteries in a separate bag, such as a clear plastic sandwich bag. Leave them next to your rubbish or recycling bin on your collection day. Please don’t put them in a black bin bag, in your rubbish or recycling bins as they are hazardous.

If you live in a flat your service may be different.


What can I recycle?

Electrical and electronic items are anything with wires, plugs, or that use batteries.

Yes please

  • Headphones
  • E-cigarette tips
  • Electrical toys including games consoles
  • Mobile phones
  • Household appliances like irons, hairdryers, toasters, radios
  • Smoke detectors and monitors
  • Batteries (place in a separate bag)

No thanks

  • Items too big to fit in a standard size plastic carrier bag
  • Low energy light bulbs
  • Car batteries

These can usually be taken to community recycling centres. 

However, following the closure of Surrey’s community recycling centres due to the coronavirus pandemic, ten of Surrey’s CRCs were reopened on 11 May, but only for black bag waste and garden waste. From 1 June more materials, including wood, scrap metal, small electronics and white goods, will be accepted once again.

To find out if your local CRC is open and to find out what restrictions are in place at each site, visit Surrey County Council’s website.

Please do not put waste you may have taken to a CRC in your household bins as it may overwhelm collection services. Similarly, if you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, please don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.

You can also take household batteries back to shops such as supermarkets and electrical retailers that have battery recycling bins.


What if I have larger items or more than one bag to recycle?

There is limited space on the collection vehicles so we can only pick up one bag at a time.

If you’ve had a clear-out, have large electrical appliances or car batteries to dispose of you can usually take them to a community recycling centre for free instead.

Following the closure of Surrey’s community recycling centres due to the coronavirus pandemic, ten of Surrey’s CRCs were reopened on 11 May, but only for black bag waste and garden waste. From 1 June more materials, including wood, scrap metal, small electronics and white goods, will be accepted once again.

The full list of what can be taken will be available from 1 June at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling or by calling 03456 009 009.

Or for a fee you can arrange for a one-off bulky waste collection.