What to do with your unwanted electrical items

If you are replacing or upgrading any of your electrical items or you no longer need the old ones. Here is a handy list of how you can get rid of your unwanted electrical items.

Large electrical appliances

Fridges, freezers, washing machine, cookers

Unfortunately we are unable to accept tumble dryers

Does it still work?

If your appliance is in good working order and in saleable condition it can be donated to Hospiscare. We can even arrange to collect it for free! The money raised from your unwanted electrical can help raise vital funds to care for people living with a terminal diagnosis in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

Call our office on 01392 428823 or get in touch via our website:

If you are a UK tax payer, adding Gift Aid to your donation allows Hospiscare to claim back 25p for every £1 your item raises (at no extra cost to you!).

Find out more about our Gift Aid scheme here:


If it doesn’t work:

Unfortunately Hospiscare cannot accept your donation if the electrical appliance is no longer working. We are unable to sell items that are not in working order and it costs the charity money to dispose of these items.

Broken electrical items can be taken to your local recycling centre. Some councils offer a collection service from your home for large or heavy household items. There may be a small fee for this. Check with your local council for more information.

If you are purchasing a new appliance, some retailers are able take away the old one for a fee when delivering your new appliance. Ask your retailer when you are booking delivery to check if they offer this service.

Small electrical appliances

Toasters, kettles, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, etc.

Does it still work?

Small electrical items that are in good working order can be donated to your local Hospiscare shop. Our friendly team of PAT testers will safety test it ready to be sold in one of our shops. The money raised from the sale of your items helps raise funds to pay for patient care.

Don’t forget to Gift Aid it! Hospiscare can claim back an extra 25p for every £1 your item raises. Find out more information here.

If it doesn’t work:

Hospiscare can’t accept items that are not in working order.

Recycling is the safest and most responsible way to dispose of faulty electrical items. Broken small appliances can be brought to your local recycling centre. Some councils will collect small items with your household waste but be sure to check they can accept it before leaving it out!

Some electrical retailers accept broken electrical items in store to be taken away for recycling. Check with your local retailers for more information.

Try extending the life of the item by taking it to a local repair café. Recycle Devon organises monthly repair cafes across Devon. You can bring along your broken item and their team of volunteers will try to repair it for you. Find a repair café near you on the Recycle Devon website.

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