Everything you need to know about recycling electricals

We see it time and time again; you think everything is going swimmingly with your house clearance, until you come to the things you have absolutely no idea how to get rid of appropriately; electricals.

Can they be recycled? Can they be taken to the tip? Thrown in a skip? Donated? If so, how do you go about transferring them when there’s only 2 of you and a hatchback?

Here’s everything you need to know about how to get rid of electricals in a house clearance.

1. Electricals that are still working

If electricals are still functioning properly, don’t throw them away, donate them instead.

We understand that this is sometimes an extra journey/more time, but what’s the point in destroying an item if it works?

When conducting house clearances, Clear and Clean House Clearance will always segment items and donate those still in working order. A huge amount of our collections are donated to an organisation that organises the transferal of them to third world countries to be reused You don’t need to worry about the item’s size, we take care of everything, so you don’t have to.

2. Electricals that aren’t working

Ask yourself if the item has a plug, batteries, needs charging or if it has a picture of a crossed-out bin on it. If so, then it should be recycled. Electricals can’t just be thrown away, you could face a fine under the duty of care if you do.

How you go about recycling electrical items completely depends on what the item is. For example, there are all sorts of legislations involved when disposing of fridge/freezers including the duty of care, removal of ODS and recycling and recovery. One of the most important regulations is the removal of ODS as it states that you must remove Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in a controlled manner before getting rid of the fridge/freezer. If not, you could face a hefty fine.

Not only that, but some scrap yards don’t take fridge/freezers/other electricals, so you’ll need to check before arranging transport and people to help.

At Clear and Clean House Clearance, we will undertake this process for you. Including the decommissioning process, transfer and the donation/recycling of the item. All you have to do is call us and arrange a time.

3. Older electricals

You may face the same challenges with the older electricals as above with not knowing what to do with them. After all, there are lots of rules and regulations for each electrical.

Whilst we’re conducting a house clearance, we take all older electricals to an organisation where the item is broken down so that its components can be used. So you can be assured we’re helping you do your bit to help the planet too.

If you have belongings that need removing from your property or work place, whether it be a full or partial house clearance, make sure you get in touch with us on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a free, no obligation quote. We put the greatest amount of pride into our family-run business and we will be more than happy to welcome you on board.