Separating waste: electric appliances

Do you have old or broken electric appliances such as refrigerators or smartphones? Turn them in separately at the shop where you purchased the appliance, a waste drop-off centre or a city farm.

Electric appliances contain valuable raw materials such as steel, aluminium, copper, glass and synthetic materials. These can be used to make new products. Potentially hazardous materials will be treated separately so that they do not pollute the environment.

Turn in electric appliances

Does the appliance have a plug or is it battery operated? Then it is an electric appliance. In The Hague you can turn in your electric appliances for free at various places:

  • In the shop: When you buy a new appliance, you can turn in your old appliance for free. The supplier of your new appliance is legally obliged to take in your old appliance without charging you. 
  • Elektrobakken: These can be found at a number of places in the city. The elektrobakken are special containers where you can dispose of small electrical appliances (such as telephones, electric toothbrushes and cameras). This map shows you where the elektrobakken are located.

Energy-saving light bulbs and LED lamps do not belong in the elektrobak. You can dispose of these at 1 of the waste drop-off centres and at many shops which sell these types of lamps.

    • Waste drop-off centre: You can also dispose of your old or broken appliances at a waste drop-off centre.
    • City farms: At all of The Hague's city farms you can find an elektrobak where you can turn in small electrical appliances. More information can be found (in Dutch) on
    • Recycled goods shop (kringloopwinkel) or repaircafé: You can bring appliances which are still operable to a charity shop. You can have broken appliances repaired at a repaircafé.
    • Dispose of the appliance as bulky waste: Are you unable to use the possibilities above? You can also have large electrical appliances collected as bulky waste. Make a separate appointment for the collection of bulky waste.
    Also see: Waste and recycling

    Published: 24 January 2017Modified: 22 July 2021