Electrical items

Anything that requires batteries or a plug to operate is classified as Waste Electronic or Electrical Equipment (WEEE) and cannot be disposed of through household waste collections.

All household electronic and electrical items can be recycled at a Household Waste and Recycling Centre, including smaller electrical items (e.g. clocks, remote controls, games consoles and kettles).

Most retailers will offer to collect your old larger appliances for recycling when they deliver your new ones.

Alternatively larger items such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and TVs can be collected for a fee via our bulky waste collection service.


The batteries that are found in many electronic devices can become damaged and cause fires when not disposed of correctly. Never put batteries in your household waste bins. Only recycle them using a proper battery recycling service.

Batteries can be recycled at a Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

All large battery retailers are obliged to take back used household batteries for recycling.

There is more information on safe battery disposal at the Take Charge campaign website.


Further information

There are several household waste recycling centres (HWRC) across Hampshire, run by Hampshire County Council. They accept garden waste, bulky items  and excess household waste. Hazardous household waste, including batteries, should be taken to an HWRC for safe disposal.

Before visiting the HWRC you must book a slot via the Hampshire website 


Charges apply until 31st December 2023 for some types of material taken to Hampshire's household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). Changes to services are detailed on the Hampshire County Council website.

From the 1st of January 2024, DIY waste charges at HWRCs are being replaced with a per household allowance.

Trade waste is now accepted at HWRCs  for a charge. Waste from businesses cannot be put in domestic waste or recycling bins.

Find your nearest HWRC and check the opening times 

HWRC's are operated on behalf of Hampshire County Council and Project Integra, Hampshire's waste management partnership. Find out more about Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hampshire .