What to do with small electrical goods and batteries

You can dispose of small electrical goods in one of two ways:

  • arrange a kerbside collection for them
  • put them in pink bins at the recycling bring sites.

Small electrical items include:

  • irons
  • kettles
  • toasters
  • DVD players and video players
  • electric fans
  • cameras
  • hairdryers and hair straighteners
  • hand blenders
  • radios.

Arrange a kerbside collection

Call 020 8921 4661 to arrange a collection.

Once you've made an appointment, leave the items on top of your black bin lid or by your bin or rubbish sacks on your normal collection day for us to collect. Make sure the items don't block the footpath.

Recycling bring sites 

There are currently four public bring sites in the borough where small electrical items can be taken. The locations of these sites are:  

  • Reuse and Recycle Centre, Nathan Way, Thamesmead, SE28 0AF
  • Calderwood Street (behind Sainsbury's), Woolwich, SE18 6QW
  • Orangery Lane, Eltham, SE9 1HN
  • Orchard Estate, Russet Way, SE13 7ND 

What to do with large electrical goods

You need to book a bulky waste collection for large electrical appliances, including:

  • televisions
  • washing machines
  • fridges.

Alternatively, you can contact the manufacturer of the item you're getting rid of or the retailer of the item you're buying to see if they can take your old appliance away.

Disposing of other items


You can dispose of batteries in any of the following locations:

You should take your car and lithium batteries to the Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Light bulbs

You can dispose of light bulbs at either of the following locations:

  • the Reuse and Recycling Centre - low energy bulbs and fluorescent tubes only
  • the recycling centre at Sainsbury's in Charlton SE7 - low energy bulbs only.

CDs and DVDs

You can dispose of CDs and DVDs at the Reuse and Recycling Centre or take them to charity shops.