Electrical Appliance Recycling in Guildford

Electrical Appliance Recycling in Guildford

Along with our associated website www.kettyle.com KCS Electrical believes in recycling and sustainability. But according to reports from electricians Guildford Charity shops and similar shops elsewhere are not always able to accept old working electrical items. Even virtually new (and sometimes brand new) items are turned away because of the safety regulations which require them to be certified as safe by qualified electricians. Guildford’s charity shops and charity shops elsewhere often don’t have the facilities or the resources to comply. The first port of call for recycling any working item should be a charity shop. They obtain better prices for used items because of the goodwill they retain and the ease with which they can display them until a suitable buyer comes along. So it’s worth finding one which is able to accept them, perhaps because they have the services of a volunteer electrician. Guildford’s better know charity shops will be able to take such items as they have centres able to test them. But some items are beyond testing or repair by any electricians. Guildford Council has arrangements in place to collect irreparable items and centres to dispose of them. Even items beyond repair are recyclable. Many items contain precious metals. The day is rapidly coming when the world will run out of adequate supplies of copper for wiring

According to local electricians Guildford Council runs a kerbside ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ (WEEE) collection service for certain items.  The items have to placed in water proof bags marked ‘electrical’ and put out on refuse collection day. The items go to recycling facilities where eventually with the assistance of their electricians Guildford’s old electrical items can be recycled into new items. Circuit boards plastics and metals are all recycled. For example there’s enough metal in a clothes iron to make  between 12 and 15 food tins

Recyclable Collectible Small electrical items 

  • Radios
  • CD,MP3 and cassette players
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Telephones
  • Mobile Phones
  • Cameras
  • Electronic Toys
  • Games consoles
  • Chargers
  • Hair Straighteners
  • Hair Dryers
  • Toasters
  • Food Mixers
  • Electric Can Openers
  • Irons
  • Hand-held Vacuum Cleaners
  • Fan Heaters
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Drills
  • Small Hand-held Power Tools

Batteries must be left in a separate sealed transparent bag on top of the other items paved in you green box, or beside of your tied purple sack for kerbside collection. Alternatively if you live in a flat batteries can be left at a shop which has a battery recycling bin

Non Collectible Items which need to be taken to a Recycling Centre

  • Low Energy Light bulbs
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Televisions
  • Microwaves
  • Non-electrical Items
  • Large Items
  • Batteries

Recycling Sites

Slyfield tip

There’s one major Guildford Community Recycling Centre recommended by local electricians. Guildford Borough’s ‘Slyfield Tip’. The Centre is open for residents to dispose of household, garden or hazardous waste including electrical items which have reached beyond the point of repair by electricians. Guildford Borough provides further information and opening times on http://www.guildford.gov.uk/recyclingsites s is information about other smaller facilities

For further details and information about what can be taken to the site or if you have any queries relating to the site, details can be contacted on 01483 532187, alternatively Sita Surrey (the operating company’s) head office can be contacted on 01306 748300

KCS Electricians Guildford PAT Testing

The best way to recycle old appliances is to make them last longer at home in the first place. This is best achieved with regular PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) by qualified electricians. Guildford is served by KCS Electrical and we can PAT Test any items. It’s not usually cost effective to have one small item PAT Tested in a single visit from an electrician. Guildford residents should consider having regular electrical tests for the whole home electrical installation and whilst doing so have the main appliances PAT Tested at the same time. With proper PAT Testing from a qualified electrician Guildford homes gain the advantage of finding out what if anything is going wrong which might be placing undue strain on the appliances. With the benefit of attendance from an electrician Guildford customers may be able to identify problems in the making arising from careless use or inappropriate positioning of appliances. KCS Electricians Guildford’s first choice for domestic electrical servicing can also ensure that the correct safety devices and protection are in place to prevent delicate appliances suffering overload and possible permanent damage. This is particularly important when considering appliances such as computers which may be storing irreplaceable and irrecoverable data.

PAT testing can be made to fit in with, for example, an overhaul of your home electrics to ensure that proper RCD protection is in place. RCD protection is strongly recommended by electricians. Guildford’s homes and homes elsewhere have only been guaranteed RCD protections since 2008 and then only in new built homes. An RCD is a safety device installed by electricians. Guildford homes and businesses benefit from the electricity switching off automatically by the RCD activating if there’s a fault. The device detects electricity going to earth through a person or if a faulty appliance overheats resulting in electricity going to earth. In that respect the RCD acts as its own silent PAT Test in the absence of an electrician. Guildford Fire Service recommends RCD protection wherever possible and RCD protection can save lives. Around 70 people a year are killed by electrical accidents in the home and as many as nearly half a million are injured. The government estimates that as many as 400 electrical fires in the home might have been prevented by RCD protection installed by qualified electricians. Guildford residents can be assured that RCD protection is not expensive and can be installed with an upgrade to your current fuse board (which should be upgraded from time to time anyway). But prices vary enormously. KCS Electricians Guildford’s first choice for home electrical maintenance and installation will give a free no obligation quote on request and advise on any other upgrades necessary to the system   

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