Reuse or Recycle

Last updated: July 2014



Disposal of Home Appliances


Don't let your perfectly working microwave become useless landfill. We share some recycling schemes and websites where you can donate your old appliances. 


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If it still works, why not give your old machine a new home rather than scrapping it? If you don’t know anyone who wants it, contact your local community recycling scheme such as a Freecycle group. Most UK Freecycle groups now operate under Or you could sell it, or give it to a charity shop but check that they take appliances and electrical items.




Wakefield Appliance Centre




If your old machine doesn’t work, since 2006 all WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) needs to be recycled. Check to see if your council offers a household recycling collection. This may be free or there may be a charge. If not, take it to your local recycling centre. You can find your nearest one on

Retailers must help customers recycle white goods and home appliances by either paying towards recycling facilities at a council site or by offering a free, instore takeback service. Often shops will collect your unwanted electricals when they deliver your new one but they may charge for this service.




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