Recycle Your Electricals At Bh2 Leisure


Over a third of UK households hold onto at least one redundant small electrical appliance that has the potential to be recycled. That’s a staggering 582,2672 small appliances - that either definitely no longer work or the owner doesn’t know if they work in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Pool area alone.

On International E-Waste Day, Friday 14th October 2022, Recycle Your Electricals is urging the people of Dorset to tackle this e-waste challenge by decluttering their homes of these end of life electricals, bagging them up and bringing them for free recycling here at Bh2 Leisure.

In an ideal world, every hair appliance, toaster, food blender or kettle would be used for as long as it was needed, with safely working products getting the chance of a new life with another owner. Once a product is no longer working it should then be given a new lease of life through an official recycling system. This would allow precious materials to be recovered from these appliances, which can then be made into new products, while reducing the need to mine for virgin materials.

The stark reality is that many small electricals end up hoarded away in our homes, out of sight and mind and their precious materials lost or worse still, discarded in the household waste bin and not being recycled.

This year International E-Waste Day is focussed on those small electrical appliances that we no longer use but keep in drawers or cupboards under the slogan “Recycle it all no matter how small”

According to UK research commissioned by REPIC for International E-Waste Day, UK households are holding on to more IT equipment than any other small appliances and gadgets. A staggering 11.7 million laptops that either definitely no longer work or the owner doesn’t know if they work and 9.2 million Tablets, both featured in in the five most hoarded items in first and third place respectively.

Completing the top five most hoarded items, not in working condition or known working condition, headphones, USB sticks and kettles - which all have the potential to be recycled and contain valuable precious materials such as gold, platinum, copper, and other high-value recoverable materials.

The people of Dorset are being encouraged to look for any small electrical appliances that are no longer working or in use and take advantage of a temporary collection point that is being established for International E-Waste Day. BH2 Leisure, Bournemouth will be hosting this free e-waste collection point from Friday 14th to Friday 28th October.

Opening on Friday 14th October, to coincide with International E-Waste Day and available throughout the UK’s Recycle Week (17th - 23rd October) visitors to Bh2 Leisure will be able to bring along their unwanted household small electricals and drop them off at the centre's collection point in the complex’s car park for reuse and recycling.

Bryan Taylor, Centre Manager at Bh2 Leisure, Bournemouth, comments: “If you plan to make a journey to our centre over the course of our e-waste collection initiative, we encourage each household to make use of this convenient, free of charge collection point and declutter at least one unused or broken small electrical appliance.''

As from our unwanted small electrical appliances, specialists can recover plastic and metals like gold, copper, steel and aluminium, which can be used to make new products – from bicycles and children’s play areas to life-saving equipment. It’s a very easy way for us all to make a difference to our environment by reducing the demand for new raw materials.

Items that the Bh2 Leisure is happy to receive include:


· Small Household Appliances, e.g., Kettles, irons, toasters, personal grooming products such as electric toothbrushes and shavers, hairdryers and straighteners
· IT and Telecommunications Equipment, e.g., PC’s, Laptops, Mice, keyboard, printers/scanners and shredders
· Consumer Equipment e.g., Radios, DVD players, Hifi Systems, musical instruments and cameras
· Electrical and Electronic Tools, e.g. Sewing machines, electric drills and electrical screwdrivers and small electrical gardening tools
· Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment, e.g., Video games, pedometers, computers and torches


· Large Household Appliances, e.g., Washing machines, electric heating appliances, cookers, televisions and fridge or freezers
· Gas Discharge Lamps, fluorescent lighting, LED lighting
· Loose Batteries
· NON-WEEE Items e.g., Packaging, furniture, building waste, general waste

Please remember to:
Bring all items with their cables and plugs
If batteries are removable, please take these out prior to disposal and recycle separately
Remove any packaging and take items out of bags prior to depositing

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