Since July 2007 the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations have applied. The regulations were introduced to reduce the amount of untreated waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) going to landfill and to ensure that equipment collected separately is dealt with properly.
If you have any piece of electrical equipment you want to recycle, you can either:
- Bring your old product into any of our Currys/PC World/Currys.digital stores or Megastores
- We can collect and recycle your old TV (when you buy a TV of 40” or above) or large domestic appliance for free when you have your new product delivered.
PLEASE NOTE: If your new product is being delivered directly from the manufacturer and not by our KNOWHOW delivery service, it may not be possible for them to collect your old product (or to collect it without an additional charge). Please check with the manufacturer prior to your delivery. If the manufacturer is unable to collect your old product you can bring it into any of our Currys/PC World/Currys.digital stores or Megastores for free recycling.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are recycling a product that holds personal data (i.e. PC, Laptop, Mobile Phone, etc) you will need to have removed the information from your old product prior to us receiving it as we will not carry out any data removal. Where items are delivered direct from the manufacturer and not by KNOWHOW, different terms and conditions apply.
If you’ve purchased one of our KNOWHOW™ installation services, we’ll disconnect your old large screen TV/large domestic appliance for you as part of the service.
Before we arrive, we would ask that you ensure that the old appliance is in a fit state to be taken away by the KNOWHOW™ team. For a refrigeration appliance, for example, that means that it should be:
- free of water
- fully defrosted
If you haven’t opted for an installation service, no problem, we just ask that you make sure you’ve safely disconnected your old appliance before we arrive (built-in/integrated appliances should be disconnected and completely removed from their housing).
Please use a qualified individual where required – please note gas and dual fuel cookers should be disconnected and emptied, if applicable, by Gas Safe Register approved engineers.
We certainly do not want to damage your floor covering during collection so in some circumstances we are not able to disconnect old products. This would be the case for the following:
- appliances that are hard wired into a fused spur
- appliances that have seized up tap connections
- appliances that are unable to be moved
All new electrical and electronic equipment we sell at Currys can be recycled! You can tell because our products include a ‘crossed out wheeled bin symbol’ like this.
Even if your old product doesn’t have the ‘crossed out wheeled bin’ symbol, the good news is we’ll gladly accept and recycle your old electrical and electronic equipment to the best of our ability.
Recycling unwanted electrical products is better for the environment. Lead and other toxins contained in electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a very harmful effect on the natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. When situated near populated areas these toxins can cause problems to communities as their water and soil is polluted.
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
All the products sent into our recycler environcomaway for recycling undergo a series of assessments to determine whether they can be reused. Over 25% of the products received will pass the inspection tests, some most of which many are then we arrange for them to go to British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Stores to sell to raise vital funds for patient care and research in to heart disease. Products in poor shape or that fail the function tests are shredded and the materials produced are then sold to markets across the world. To find out more click here.
DSG Retail Limited, is responsible for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries. You’ll find recycling bins for batteries in all Currys, Currys.digital and PCWorld stores and all of our Megastores, so that anyone and everyone can deposit their used portable batteries. Batteries we accept:
- AA or AAA batteries
- Batteries used in mobile phones or laptops
- Batteries fixed to the motherboard of a personal computer or laptop
- Batteries found in wristwatches
- Industrial batteries
- Automotive batteries
If you require information on how to recycle these types of batteries you should contact your supplier or your local council.