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Recycle or donate unwanted home Electrical Items

Find out how to donate your unwanted electrical items.

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Basildon Council, in partnership with the Lighthouse Furniture Project, collect unwanted electrical items at our WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) reuse outlet at the Barleylands Recycling Centre. Outlets have also been set up for smaller items at local libraries.

Residents can place all unwanted electrical items that are in good working order into a specific container which Lighthouse will then collect for repair or reuse.

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Items accepted at Barleylands Recycling Centre include:

  • Fridges and Freezers
  • Cookers
  • Washing Machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Microwaves
  • Hoovers
  • Lawnmowers
  • Small Electrical Items
  • All Other Electrical Items

Local Libraries

Small electrical items can be donated at designated collection points in the following libraries:

Items include:

Mobiles phones and chargers, VCRs and Digi boxes, CD players and radios, remote controls, electronic toys, headphones, Hairdryers and hair straighteners, hair trimmers, shavers, power showers and facial saunas, electric toothbrushes, kettles and coffee machines, irons and toasters, bread makers and sandwich toasters, electric scales and blenders, drills and power tools, jigsaws and sanders.

Collection of these items are carried out by:

Lighthouse Furniture Project

Lighthouse Furniture Project are a non-profit, social enterprise and registered charity who collect these items and make small repairs where possible. The furniture and electrical goods collected are then provided to those on low incomes at significantly reduced prices, and in some instances for free, to support their charitable aims.

They work with a wide range of agencies and seek to help those who are struggling to help themselves. Over 40% of their turnover goes to supporting 'at risk' groups'.

Lighthouse can also offer a free of charge collection for certain furniture items as well.

Lighthouse Furniture Project Limited
Unit 27 Tallon Road, Hutton Industrial Estate, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 1TE
T: 01277 222050