Bring a spark to the festive period – recycle unwanted electrical goods


With electrical goods high up on people’s Christmas wish lists, Suffolk County Council’s waste team is encouraging people to recycle old gadgets

This winter residents are being asked to think twice and recycle their unwanted electrical goods at their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. 

Teaming up with Electrofarm, a company who specialise in refurbishing old electrical equipment, Suffolk County Council want to show residents how worthwhile their recycling efforts can be.

The Electrofarm website sells refurbished electrical equipment back to the public at low prices which means branded items are available at a fraction of the cost.

Even items such as vacuum cleaners which no longer work may still be stripped of working accessories such as tools and brushes, which can then be used to match up with working ones which may have missing accessories.

Suffolk is in the top 10 in the country for collecting household electrical goods and electronic equipment. Over the past six months 1,622 tonnes of electrical items have been processed through Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centres. Last year alone in the UK, there was enough electrical waste to fill Wembley stadium eight times.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste said;

“Many of us will be lucky enough to receive new electrical items from friends and family this year, and it is expected that there will be hundreds of items thrown away as upgrades are received as gifts. 

“We want people to know that our Household Waste Recycling Centres all accept electrical and electronic goods for reuse and recycling. When you’re visiting to recycle your Christmas wrapping and compost your tree, don’t forget to take along those old models of electrical equipment as well.”