Small WEEE is an electrical item that is small enough to fit inside a carrier bag. This could include things like electric toothbrushes, small radios, toasters or hairdryers.
Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items go to waste. All electrical waste contains chemicals, some of which are hazardous. If these are not treated correctly, they bring health risks as well as being harmful to the environment. Due to this, reuse or recycling is the preferred options for disposing of unwanted items.
We want to address the issue of climate change by reducing unnecessary waste. We can help you recycle your unwanted electrical items.
Small WEEE drop off locations
We are offering you a way to recycle your small waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment items. You can take these to convenient drop off points at specific times and locations across the district. The WEEE recycling collection vehicle will visit each location on a four weekly cycle on Wednesdays.
You can find your local drop off point and specific collection date on our calendar.
You should only bring your items to the location at the specified time. We treat any items left outside of these times as fly-tipping.
We encourage you to recycle other items when you visit a WEEE collection point if possible. This would include taking glass bottles, jars, textiles and food and drink cartons to one of our recycling centres. You could also visit a WEEE collection point if you pass it on a journey to do your food shopping.
If you cannot find a convenient drop off location, you can also take WEEE to some libraries in the district. Please check with your local library to see if they have reintroduced their collection following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.
Bulky waste collection service
For larger WEEE items, you can book a collection with our bulky waste service. These are items such as washing machines or tumble dryers.
As part of this service, you can also book up to four small WEEE items at no extra cost.
What we do with your WEEE items
We store WEEE items at our waste transfer station, where they are then collected by Essex County Council who recycle them.