Buying a new electrical item from us? We'll recycle the one you’re replacing for free. Simply bring the old electrical item in within 28 days, show us the receipt for its replacement and we’ll do the rest.
Unwanted electrical equipment is the world’s fastest growing type of waste. Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and human health.
To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, rather than binning it, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin. Everything with a plug, battery, cable can be recycled and turned into something useful.
As part of our commitment to reducing the amount of unwanted electricals being incinerated or sent to landfill sites, we’ll recycle your old electricals free of charge in store when you buy a new one from us (like-for-like). Together we can stop precious resources from being lost forever and help protect the planet.
MKM branches will take back your unwanted electrical appliances of the same type/function as the one you purchase from us regardless of the brand or whether you purchased the old item from us or not.
Did you know you can also recycle your electrical and electronic devices for free at your local recycling centre? Visit Local recycling | Recycle Now or contact your local Council to locate your nearest recycling site for WEEE if you need to recycle an appliance yourself.
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. An item is classed as being WEEE if it needs electricity to do what it is intended to do. The electricity can also come from a battery source. You can get several types of domestic and commercial WEEE, including large WEEE such as boilers and fridges and small WEEE such as multi-function tools and thermostats. The WEEE Regulations 2013 require UK retailers to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of WEEE. As a responsible retailer, we have met these requirements by offering all customers buying new electrical and electronic equipment free take back in store of their old electricals for recycling, on a like for like basis. To learn how WEEE is recycled watch this video: Electrical items | Recycle Now
If you have an electrical item that is still in good working condition, you could consider selling it, passing it on to someone else or donating it - some charity shops accept working electrical items for resale. Find your local charity shop here: Find local Charity Shops by postcode or town. Charity Retail Association
If a battery is discarded into the environment, it can corrode and leak substances into the soil and water table, causing pollution and damaging wildlife and natural water courses.
Batteries also contain valuable resources and metals which can be reused in other items, such as coins, paint and roofing.
Batteries should never be put in the bin.
As part of our commitment to reducing the amount of batteries being incinerated or sent to landfill sites, we’ll recycle your old portable batteries free of charge. Together we can help protect the planet.
Just bring us your old AA, AAA, 9v and small rechargeable batteries from phones, watches, small power tools, torches and razors, and we’ll recycle them through our Battery Take Back Scheme.