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Electrical facts


Old and broken Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) items may seem worthless,
but they are full of hidden valuable materials, that can be used to make

other items.

The Caerphilly council tries to encourage electrical recycling by conducting prize schemes, over the last few years the prizes have included Amazon vouchers and High street vouchers.


What can be recycled?

If it has a plug, uses batteries, needs charging or has the
crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it, it can be recycled.

Items include:

  • Hairdryers
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Computers
  • Mobile phones
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Irons
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers
  • And anything else that has a plug or is battery operated

If the item is broken, you can take it for recycling at any of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.


What else could you do with it?

If the item is in good working condition you could:- 

  • contact the Community Furniture Enterprise (CFE), your local reuse centre in Rhymney
  • ask relatives or friends if they would like them
  • swap them with friends
  • donate them to charity


What happens to my electricals when they are collected?

Unwanted electrical items are taken apart at a reprocessing plant where they are shredded into small pieces to be recycled.

Raw materials such as steel, plastic, zinc and gold are all extremely valuable and are made into new things.   


Did you know...?

  • Zinc found in mobile phones can be used in ship building

  • Gold found in games consoles can be made into jewellery

  • On average we accumulate three new electrical items each year

  • Only 1 in 5 of our small electricals gets Recycled

  • Electricals contain valuable raw materials such as Gold and Silver

  • One iron contains enough steel to make 13 steel cans, and enough plastic to make 95 yoghurt pots.

  • Plastic recycled from a kettle can be Reused to make games consoles or hairdryers.