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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 can I recycle?

Small electrical and battery items include:

  • Freeview boxes
  • CD players and radios
  • Remote controls
  • Electronic toys
  • Headphones
  • Hairdryers
  • Hair straighteners/Curling tongs
  • Hair trimmers
  • Electric shavers
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Kettles
  • Digital alarm clocks
  • Irons
  • Toasters
  • Sandwich makers
  • Electric scales
  • Blenders
  • 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.

Where are the local collection points?

  • Age UK County Durham Superstore, Mandale Business Park DH1 1TH
  • Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, Blackhall Colliery TS27 4LG
  • Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute, St. Cuthbert's Terrace, Ferryhill DL17 8PP 
  • Escomb Village Hall, High Escomb, Bishop Auckland DL14 7ST (Only open for collections Wednesday's 9.00am to 10.30am) 
  • Glenroyd House, Medomsley Road, Consett DH8 5HL
  • Horden Centennial Centre - Seventh Street, Horden, Peterlee SR8 4LX 
  • MAC Security and Fire Ltd, Hownsgill Drive, Consett DH8 9HU
  • Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Chester-le-Street DH2 1DE (Please contact centre about opening hours)
  • Quaking Houses Village Hall Association, Second Street, Quaking Houses, Stanley DH9 7HQ (Only open for collections Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm)
  • REfUSE CafĂ© 143b Front Street, Chester-le-Street DH3 3AU (Only open for collections Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.00am to 4.00pm)
  • Shildon Alive, 91-95 Church Street, Shildon DL4 1DT
  • Shildon Town Council - Council Offices, Civic Hall Square, Shildon DL4 1AH (Only open for collections Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm)
  • Shotton Community Hub, Bridge Road, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2PQ
  • Spennymoor Youth and Community Centre - Rushmoor, Merrington View, Spennymoor DL16 6PP
  • St John's Church, Crossgate Peth, Neville's Cross, County Durham DH1 4DU
  • The Brockwell Centre, 2 Craghead Road, Chester- le-Street DH2 2NH (Currently closed due to Covid-19)
  • The Fulforth Centre, Front Street, Sacriston, DH7 6JT (Please contact centre about opening hours)
  • The Lisa Dixon Centre, Burt Close, Haswell, Durham DH6 2DA
  • The Robin Todd Centre, Front Street, South Hetton DH6 2TH 
  • Tudhoe Community Centre, St David's Close, Tudhoe DL16 6TA
  • Ouston Community Centre, Iris Cres, Ouston, Chester-le-Street DH2 1RJ
  • YMCA Teesdale Community Cafe, Lipscomb Hall, Bishop Auckland DL13 5DL

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

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. Icon for pdf Terms and conditions (PDF, 125.3kb)   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.

Why 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?

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