Electrical recycling banks now at household waste recycling centres

This story was published 3 January 2018

People who got electrical items such as mobiles or laptops for Christmas can recycle old ones at household waste recycling centres in North Yorkshire.

person recycling electrical items

New, enclosed containers are now in place at 15 HWRCs owned by North Yorkshire County Council and managed by Yorwaste. These are at Whitby, Tadcaster, Malton, Harrogate, West Harrogate, Ripon, Catterick Bridge, Leeming Bar, Stokesley, Sowerby, Seamer Carr, Northallerton, Burniston, Tholthorpe and Selby

The remaining five HWRCs in the county – Leyburn, Settle, Skipton, Thornton-le-Dale and Wombleton – will have banks installed in the new year.

The new containers are clearly signed to show that they can accept the following small items:

  • laptops
  • tablets
  • games consoles
  • mobile phones
  • digital TV boxes

Other small and large electrical items can still be recycled on site within the open containers, but the new containers allow residents to recycle small items more easily.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said: “Residents have been asking for a way of disposing and recycling their old laptops and mobile phones without putting them in open containers.

“The new containers clearly show the new items of modern technology that can be accepted. We would, of course, always advise people to remove any personal data before they dispose of any items.”

Rachel Stewart, Yorwaste’s HWRC Operations Manager, said: “People may not realise the wide range of old and broken electrical items that they can recycle, even things such as electric toothbrushes and hair dryers.

“They contain components such as plastic, glass and metals, all of which can be recycled, so by bringing items to the HWRCs not only will they be freeing up space in their home, but they will also be doing their own bit to protect the environment.”

You can view all household waste recycling centres and see what else you can recycle at our sites here.