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Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

Much of the UK’s electronic waste ends up in landfill sites, where toxins put communities at risk. Failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site (buried in the ground in the UK) or being incinerated.

The UK WEEE Regulations require that businesses involved in the supply of electrical equipment take an active role in its collection and recycling.

The aim of the legislation is to:

  • Make good use of the materials that make up old electrical equipment by recycling rather than disposing in landfill.
  • Prevent the negative enviromnental effects of sending often hazardous electrical equipment to landfill.

So that you can get your old electrical products recycled, Superdrug has made a financial contribution toward the development of improved recycling collection points (known as ‘Designated Collection Facilities’) throughout the UK through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme.

You can recycle your electrical equipment

recycle binTo remind you to recycle, all new electrical products are marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol.

Customers can take any old electrical equipment to participating civic amenity sites (often known as ‘household waste recycling centres’) run by their local councils. Please remember that this equipment will be further handled during the recycling process, so please be sure to remove any non- electrical product (for example food waste).

The following materials are collected:

  • Hairdryers
  • Beauty Electricals
  • Fridges
  • Other large kitchen appliances
  • TVs and monitors
  • Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs
  • All other waste electrical and electronic equipment

You can locate your closest participating recycling centre at: or by calling our Customer Services Help line on 0800 096 1055. Please remember to have your postcode to hand.

Did you Know...?

UK households dispose of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year. This is the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses and would be enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium 6 times over.

Are you wondering what to do with your used batteries?

Recycle Batteries type

Recycling made easy

If you require further information about battery recycling or recycling in general, please contact any of the following:


your local authority

your local household
waste and recycling centre

local battery retailers

To help make it easier for you to be able to recycle batteries, collection containers are available throughout the UK. Keep an eye out for them in a variety of locations, including in all Superdrug stores. Use the store locator to find your nearest store here.

Why recycle batteries?

The UK throws away 600 million household batteries every year. At present only 3% are collected and recycled with the remaining batteries being sent to land waste. These will eventually breakdown and the dangerous chemicals may leach out resulting in soil and water pollution, in turn causing damage to our natural ecosystems and wildlife.

The materials held within the batteries can be recovered and reused. This will reduce the demand for raw materials required each year and help preserve the resources. As some of the materials are heavy metals such as lead and mercury, it is important that they do not end up in the waste stream.

Guide to household batteries

Alkaline and carbon zinc batteries

description: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, non-rechargeable, Carbon Zinc batteries are labelled general purpose or heavy duty
formats: AA, AAA, D-cell, C-cell, 9-volt, button cells
common uses: cameras, toys, watches, handheld electronics

Lithium (primary) batteries

description: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, non-rechargable
formats: button cells, AA, AAA, 9-volt, small-cylinder, custom sizes.
common uses: watches, cameras, hand held electronics, tyre pressure sensors, alarms, memory backup, remote car locks, pacemakers, high tempertature applications

Lead acid gel batteries

description: small-medium, dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
formats: rectangular, custom sizes in hard plastic case
common uses: wheel chairs, scooters, golf carts, ride on electric toys, boats, portable tools and instruments

Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries

description: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
formats: custom sizes in hard plastic case, small-cylinder, button cells
common uses: mobile phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras, hand held electronics