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 drop off locations around the district. We will be running this on a 12 month trial. The scheme involves 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.
New Location Added Due to Demand
We are adding a new location to our small WEEE drop off points. Starting from Wednesday 2nd June 2021 Braintree Hockey Club, Church Street, Bocking will be a new drop off point for your small electrical items between 8.30am and 10am on a four weekly basis.
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. All journeys must be essential.
When you come to a WEEE collection vehicle, social distancing measures will be in place. This protects staff and members of the public at collection points. You must remember to remain 2m apart, wear a face covering and wash/sanitise your hands before and after.
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. A partner company then collects any items that are in a good condition. They clean and repair these items before they go to new homes.
We recycle any items that are too damaged or do not pass General Product Safety Regulations.