It’s important not to put small electrical items that are no longer working in your black bin or in your green bin.


They can present a fire hazard in the bin wagon - and throwing them away is also a waste of precious natural resources. Many small electrical items contain materials that - if they're collected for recycling - can be recovered and used again.

So what can you do? There's more information on the Council website - including a map which shows where there are banks across Leeds for dropping off electrical items for recycling.

Household Waste Sites also have banks for small electrical items - but access to them is limited at the moment - with an online booking system in place.

Longer term, there are plans in place to make it easier for you to return small electrical items to the retailer you bought them from.

But for now you can either find a small electricals bank on the map, or wait until things go back to normal at the Household Waste Sites, and drop things off there for recycling.

If you have a large electrical item, such as a TV or washing machine, and it's still in good condition and in working order, then please think about donating it to a charity shop. There's a list of some of the local charities that take items (and which offer a limited collection service) on the Council website.

None of these charities are currently open, but we will let people know when they're open for business again on our Facebook page.

If you're buying a new item like a washing machine, it's worth finding out whether the retailer will take away your old item, either for a fee or free of charge.

Large electrical items can also be recycled at Household Waste Sites - which are currently operating with a booking system in place.

A limited collection service will also be available from 18 May - but this is primarily for people who are shielding or self-isolating. Information about the service - and how to book - will be shared here.