ECC Recycling Centres

Larger electrical items now accepted for recycling

White goods waiting to be recycled

Essex County Council, working in partnership with the Lighthouse Furniture Project, is now accepting larger electrical appliances for reuse at 10 recycling centres in Essex, including those at Witham and Braintree.

The Lighthouse Furniture Project repairs and refurbishes the items. Once tested, they are passed on or sold at affordable prices in the local community. 

Items accepted include: electric cookers, washing machines, fridges, freezers, tumble dryers and dishwashers. In the first year of the partnership, nearly 1,000 items were saved from landfill.

Councillor Peter Schwier, Climate Czar and Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “With this project we are avoiding sending good quality items to landfill and showing how reuse and repair can work. We are supporting local communities, promoting the circular economy and protecting the environment.”

If you have larger electrical items to donate, look for the signs at your recycling centre or ask a member of staff for help. Remember that you will need to book a slot in advance. 

Find out more about donating items for recycling
11:20, 06 Feb 2024 by Claire Waters