Clear out your old electricals

Louise Bradley, Waste Development Officer and Dan Rose, Recycling Adviser giving out golden tickets

2 January 2018

Are you having a clear out after Christmas? If you unearth any old, broken or unwanted electricals they could win you a cash prize.

Dig them out and take them to one of our nine household waste recycling centres for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.

From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there's a wide range of household appliances you can take along. From Tuesday 2 January until Sunday 4 February 2018, you can exchange them for a golden ticket − which means you could be quids in.

Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the recycling centres, visit our electric January page and type in your unique ticket number to find out if you're an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you'll get.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said:

"This is a great way of putting unwanted electricals to good use − with the added bonus of a chance to win £100.

"It's a shocking fact that across the UK we throw away more than a quarter of the electrical items we buy instead of recycling them.

"We spend £20 million a year dealing with waste in Derbyshire which residents choose not to recycle.

"But if every Derbyshire household took just one electrical item to one of our recycling centres in January we could recycle an additional 333,000 appliances, saving not only tax-payers cash but also the precious metals and other valuable materials they contain."

The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers − the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.

Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres visit

  • Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
  • Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
  • Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
  • Glossop (Melandra Road)
  • Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
  • Loscoe (Heanor)
  • Newhall (Swadlincote)
  • Northwood (Darley Dale)
  • Stonegravels (Chesterfield)

All electrical appliances are accepted including:

  • coffee makers
  • electric toothbrushes
  • electric garden equipment
  • fairy lights
  • fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • game consoles
  • irons
  • kettles
  • lamps
  • laptops, tablets and PCs
  • microwaves
  • music systems
  • phones
  • power tools
  • printers
  • radios
  • sat navs
  • shavers
  • slow cookers
  • straighteners and hairdryers
  • washers and dryers
  • vacuums

View our recycling centres locations and find out what we can and can't recycle.

Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.