Kettles and irons are some of the small appliances that consumers are most likely to throw out rather than recycle.
When Which? asked people what they did with their old electrical goods only half of them knew they could recycle small items and 53% agreed that it was easier to dispose of them with the household rubbish.
The top small electrical items consumers had at home but no longer used were video recorders (31%) and radios (25%), followed by irons, kettles, DVD players and digital cameras, all 22%.
Three-quarters of the people Which? surveyed thought there should be better facilities for recycling old electrical items locally.
According to which.co.uk editor Jess Ross: “Most people have good intentions about recycling, but when it comes to old electrical items, there’s still a lot of confusion about what goes where and when.”
The Which? web page www.which.co.uk/recycle points out: “Some retailers allow you to drop off old electrical items for recycling when buying a new like-for-like electrical product . Ask in stores to find out whether your retailer offers this service.”