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Electrical item recycling

Our homes are full of a multitude of electrical items from phones to hairdryers, kettles to speakers, and these items eventually break or are no longer needed. Electrical items contain valuable plastics and metals which can be recovered and reused to make new products. Here's how you can recycle these electrical items.

Small electrical recycling

There are recycling banks in the district for small household electrical items.

The banks are located at the following sites:

  • Bull Beck picnic site (A683 near Caton)
  • Upper St Leonardgate car park, LA1 1QN
  • Household waste recycling centres at Salt Ayre and Carnforth

What can I recycle at these sites?

Small household electrical appliances including:

  • CD players
  • Stereo systems
  • Radios
  • Laptop computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Speakers
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer keyboards
  • Computer mice
  • Printers
  • Set top boxes
  • Table lamps (bulbs removed)
  • Small fan heaters
  • Mobile phones
  • Telephones
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Coffee machines
  • Smoothie makers
  • Blenders
  • Food processors
  • Steamers
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow cookers
  • Hand whisk
  • Electrical tin opener
  • Electric knife
  • Ice cream maker
  • Bread maker
  • Healthy grill
  • Sandwich maker
  • Iron
  • Hand held steamers
  • Car vacuum cleaners
  • Camera
  • Hair drier
  • Games consoles and equipment
  • Hair straighteners
  • Curling tongs
  • Face steamer
  • Foot spas
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Electrical shavers
  • Hair clippers
  • Drill
  • Electrical tools
  • Fans
  • Sat Navs
  • Battery chargers 
  • Electric blankets
  • Keyboards and electrical musical items
  • Walkie talkies and baby monitors
  • MP3 players

The electrical recycling banks have a restricted opening so only small electrical items can be disposed of. For larger appliances such as fridges and washing machines please see disposal options below.

Larger electrical appliances

You can dispose of larger unwanted electrical items free of charge by taking them to the household waste recycling centres at Salt Ayre, Lancaster or Keer Bridge, Carnforth.

They can also be removed by our Bulky Matters collection service for a small fee.

The Lancaster district also has two Freegle groups where you can offer unwanted items or look for pre-loved things you need - all free of charge. If you have items you no longer want, why not see if it could be of use to someone else. Visit for details of your local group and how to offer items and browse for things you may need.

Last updated: 22 October 2021

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