Many of us have broken or unwanted small electrical items tucked away around the house – so we’re making it easier to recycle them.

Market day roadshows and a temporary library drop-off service is running throughout June to encourage people to recycle broken or unwanted small electrical appliances.

It’s part of our campaign to reduce the number of small electrical items being thrown in the bin or hidden away at home.

Household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) accept items such as kettles, hairdryers, toasters and electric toothbrushes free of charge. Battery-powered items, including calculators, torches and toys, can be recycled, too.

In addition, 20 libraries across the county will temporarily be collecting small electrical items until July 8. Participating libraries will also be giving away tubs to store used batteries, which will be available while stocks last.

The libraries taking part are Catterick, Colburn, Filey, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Leyburn, Malton, Nidd Plus, Northallerton, Pickering, Richmond, Ripon, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Starbeck, Stokesley, Thirsk, Whitby and the Supermobile library.

Battery tubs and information will also be available for collection from a further 10 libraries. These are Bentham, Bilton, Boroughbridge, Embsay, Gargrave, Grassington, Ingleton, Masham, Settle and South Craven. Please note these libraries will not be accepting small electrical items.

The North Yorkshire Rotters will collect small electrical items and give away battery tubs at market roadshows on the following dates and locations:

  • Kirkbymoorside market from 9am to 2pm on Wednesday, 15 June
  • Skipton market from 9am to 2pm on Friday, 17 June
  • Whitby market from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday, 21 June
  • Leyburn market from 9am to 2pm on Friday, 24 June
  • Wildlife Day at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, 26 June

We hope this initiative will increase awareness of our recycling centres as a place where broken and unwanted small electrical appliances can be taken for recycling.

Across the UK, households are hiding 527 million unwanted electricals. If all those items were recycled, it would cut as much CO2 as taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

Recovered plastic and metals like gold, copper, steel and aluminium can be used to make new products – from bicycles and children’s play areas to life-saving equipment. It is an easy way for us all to make a difference by reducing the demand for new raw materials.

The library drop-off service and market day events will make it easier for many people to drop off items that do not work anymore and cannot be repaired. If you struggle to get to a recycling centre, ask a friend or neighbour to take your broken appliance the next time they go. Residents who do visit our centres could ask anyone they know who doesn’t drive if they need help.

Check opening days and times for the libraries taking part.

This project has been funded by the Distributor Takeback scheme to encourage recycling of electrical appliances.