Disposal of electrical items

You can dispose of your old household electronic equipment at Townmead Road Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Separate containers are provided:

  • Large household appliances (like washing machines and cookers)
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • Fluorescent tubes and energy efficient light bulbs (gas discharge lamps) - see the Recycle Now website for other disposal options
  • Other WEEE (commonly called small WEEE) (for example: hair dryers or electric toothbrushes)

If you don't know which container to place your electrical items, ask a member of staff on site who will be happy to assist.

Digital switchover – reusing and recycling your TV

Do I have to throw away my TV?

No, you can convert your analogue TV to receive digital with a set top box. Visit digital UK for more information.

Where can I recycle my TV?

If you do decide to buy a new TV, check with your supplier to see if they offer a take-back service. Some suppliers may take your old TV when they deliver your new one or may allow you to bring your old TV to the store.

You can also recycle TVs and other electrical appliances at Townmead Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, Kew, TW9 4EL.

What happens to my TV when it gets recycled?

All TVs collected at Townmead are recycled in the UK. All the plastic, metal and circuit boards are put back into the manufacturing supply chain and the glass from the TV tubes is separated into leaded and unleaded glass which is sold back to the cathode ray tube manufacturing industry.

Taking back your electrical items to the shop

Some shops are now taking back old small electrical appliances when you buy a new one, check the list of retailer take back schemes.

Large retailers that sell batteries should also have recycling containers for returning them.

Updated: 21 March 2014