Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is an electrical item that is small enough to fit inside a carrier bag. This could include things like:
- electric toothbrushes
- small radios
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.
There are four options open to residents when WEEE items are no longer needed:
- Repair, sell or donate
- Use the WEEE recycling bins located in Essex County Council’s libraries
- Take the item to the nearest Essex County Council’s recycling centre
- Up to four small electrical items are accepted items as part of our paid for Bulky Waste Collection service at no additional cost
Libraries in our District with a WEEE recycling bin:
- Earls Colne
- Sible Hedingham
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.