Recycle your electrical goods at some Oxfordshire libraries

People can once again donate electrical goods to be repaired or reused at some Oxfordshire libraries, following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Oxfordshire County Council has restarted the scheme, which was suspended while libraries were operating a click-and-collect service only.

Drop-off points are for unwanted small electrical items that are still in good condition are available at the following libraries:

  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Witney
  • Oxfordshire County Library in Oxford’s Westgate Centre
  • Cowley
  • Blackbird Leys.

A crate will be provided at the library entrance for users to donate their unwanted electrical items. The items will be collected by Bicester Green or Orinoco, two local charities who help reuse and recycle waste.

Volunteers at each charity will make minor repairs, test the items for electrical safety and the items will then be sold on to benefit the charities.

The drop-off point is for small electrical items only – such as toasters, kettles and radios – which can be easily carried. The libraries are not able to accept anything large or heavy, including televisions, monitors, microwaves, white goods or fridges and freezers, or anything damaged and beyond repair.

Drop-offs can only be made when the libraries are open – please check opening hours before visiting. To make your donation safely, remember to follow the rules that apply for all library users.

People are asked to ensure any disposable batteries are removed from donations of battery-powered devices. Batteries can be recycled at the kerbside by placing in a clear bag on top of your wheelie bin. If the item has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery – such as the ones in cordless power tools or mobile phones – please leave them in the device when donated.

Small electrical items that are beyond repair can be recycled either at the kerbside or a recycling centre.

To find details of all recycling services, please visit the Waste Wizard online tool: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wastewizard