Waste electrical and electronic equipment (weee) recycling
Recycle your small electrical and battery operated items at your local collection point and give them a chance to become something new.
What you can recycle
Small electrical and battery items include:
- Freeview boxes
- CD players and radios
- Remote controls
- Electronic toys
- Hair straighteners/Curling tongs
- Hair trimmers
- Electric shavers
- Electric toothbrushes
- Digital alarm clocks
- Sandwich makers
- Electric scales
- Power tools
- Sat Navs
- Digital cameras
- Handheld game consoles
- Tablets and phones
- Extension leads
If the item you are looking to recycle isn't small enough to fit in a carrier bag, please recycle it at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.
We do not offer secure data removal or confidentiality of data, therefore it is your responsibility to ensure your information is removed before depositing any item for recycling or reuse.
There are also battery recycling tubes available at each collection point. The following household batteries are accepted: 6V, D, 9V, C, AA, AAA, Button. We also accept batteries from electrical and electronic equipment including mobile phone, laptop and power tool batteries. Lithium batteries must have both terminals taped over.
We cannot accept car batteries, other industrial batteries, scooter batteries or any battery with a wire connected through this scheme.
Where the local collection points are
View thein a list.
All of our household waste recycling centres also accept vapes.
How to enter the competition
Recycle at your local collection point and enter our free monthly competition to be in with a chance to win a prize courtesy of our partners at AO.com.
To enter our monthly competition, contact us by email with the name of the item you recycled (e.g. kettle) and the collection point reference number (the container at each collection point has a number e.g. number 1). You will then be entered into that month's free prize draw. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email. apply.
Items that are working and in good condition
If you have items that are unwanted but in working order/good condition, these can be donated to your local reuse charity. Visit Reusing furniture and household items or Recycle for County Durham on Facebook for more information.
How to recycle larger electrical items
Larger electrical items such as TVs and laptop computers can be recycled at any of the household waste recycling centres. Visit Recycling centres (tips) for more information.
E-cigarettes and Vapes
You can now recycle undamaged e-cigarettes and vaping devices at one of the following Small WEEE collection points - simply place your e-cigarettes or vapes in the tube provided. You can recycle your E-cigarettes and vapes at:
- Barnard Castle: Barnard Castle Library, Witham Building, 2 Hall Street, DL12 8JB
- Bishop Auckland: Woodhouse Close Leisure centre, Woodhouse Lane, DL14 6JX
- Blackhall: Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, Blackhall Colliery, TS27 4LG
- Chester -Le-Street: Chester- Le-Street Library, Station Road, DH3 3BP
- Consett: Glenroyd House, Medomsley Road, Consett DH8 5HL
- Crook: Crook Library, Civic Centre, North Terrace, DL15 9ES
- Durham City: Clayport Library, 8 Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
- Durham City: Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Freeman's Place, Durham DH1 1SW
- Great Lumley: Great Lumley Community Centre, Front Street, Great Lumley, Chester-Le-Street, DH3 4JD
- Meadowfield: Meadowfield Leisure Centre, John St North, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8RG
- Newton Aycliffe: Newton Aycliffe Library, Leisure Centre, Beveridge Arcade, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4EH
- Peterlee: Peterlee Library, Leisure Centre, Saint Cuthberts Way, SR8 1AF
- Seaham: Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Deneside, SR7 8NP
- Shildon: Shildon Town Council - Council Offices, Civic Hall Square, DL4 1AH
- Spennymoor: Spennymoor Youth and Community Centre, Rushmoor, Merrington View, DL16 6PP
- Stanley: Stanley Library, The Louisa Centre, Front Street, DH9 0TE
All of our household waste recycling centres also accept vapes.
PAT Test Training
We have partnered with County Durham Furniture Help Scheme to provide PAT test training sessions and tips. The sessions will be run by County Durham Furniture Help Scheme and will take place at various locations across County Durham. If you would like more information or would like to express your interest at taking part in a session, contact us.
Why you should recycle
For every item we recycle, we are reducing the need to use raw materials, which helps save energy and precious resources. Metal can be recycled endlessly, without loss of quality. Did you know, recycling just one toaster will create enough steel to make 25 new cans?
Permanent Repair Cafés
There are several volunteer run repair cafés in County Durham. Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they are all about fixing things together. Visitors bring their broken items from home, then together with 'fixers' they make their repairs in the Repair Café. It's a fantastic way to help the environment, prevent waste, save money and learn new skills. Current Permanent Repair Cafés in County Durham are:
- Friendly Fixers Repair Café - Fishburn Youth & Community Centre (TS21 4ED) - First Saturday of the month from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
- Seaham Repair Café - St John's Church Hall, Seaham (SR7 7SA) - Second Saturday of the month from 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Touring Repair Café
Do you have any electrical items that you think could be repaired? Why not visit our touring Repair Café, where there will be repair, reuse and recycling points for small electrical items.
We're working with County Durham Furniture Help Scheme who will have experts on hand to take a look at your broken electrical item to see if it can be repaired. In some instances we may need to send your item away but a lot of the time a simple fix can be done there and then and for free.
Our next repair cafés are:
|Tuesday 7 November 2023||10.00am to 12.00 noon|
Howden-le-Wear Village Hall, 19 Hargill Road, Howden-le- Wear, Crook, DL15 8HS
|Thursday 30 November 2023||11.00am to 2.00pm|
Consett Library, Victoria Road, Consett
|Tuesday 12 December 2023||11.00am to 2.00pm||Shildon Alive, 91-95 Church Street, Shildon, DL4 1DT|
|Monday 15 January 2024||12.00 noon to 3.00pm||Brandon Library, Lowland Road, Brandon, DH7 8NN|
|Friday 26 January 2024||9.30am to 12.30pm||South Stanley Partnership, Saint Stephen's Centre, Holly Hill Gardens East, South Stanley, DH9 6PG|
Set up your own Repair Café
Community groups and venues can receive support to set up their own repair cafés. This does not have to be just for electrical items. Why not set up a repair café focused around clothing, furniture or anything you can think of to fix? These events can also double as community coffee mornings and get togethers.
You may also be able to get help towards the cost of running such activities from Believe Housing, through its small community grant. The County Durham-based housing association created its Bridging the Gap community fund to help local not-for-profit organisations run initiatives addressing the cost of living crisis. Groups can apply for £500 towards a range of projects such as money and energy saving advice, clothing and foodbanks, food provision, community appliances, or improving digital access. Grants could also be used for projects which help people keep warm in their home, for a group to continue activities or launch new ones over winter, or towards the costs of running a welcome space such as activities or refreshments.