How to get rid of your unwanted tech

Got extra tech you don't need? Here are 4 easy ways to get rid responsibly!

23 Dec 2020

We hope you’ve got loads of tech gifts coming your way this Christmas. But, of course, you might not always get quite the present you were hoping for. That doesn’t mean you should head straight to the tip with your unwanted tech though!

Whether you need to ditch your old stuff to make room for the new or you’ve got a well-meaning gift that hasn’t landed quite right, have a think about how to get rid of it responsibly.

In the UK we create about 30% more waste than usual around the festive season.[1] And if you’re chucking unloved tech made from plastic, that can have a seriously negative impact on our planet- getting into the oceans or in landfill where it can’t break down. But there are a few ways you can make sure your old tech gets a new home.

 

#1 Find someone else to love it!

Even if it’s not your kind of thing, there might be someone else who’d enjoy that bit of tech. If that’s the case, why not gift it to them? Just as long as it’s not the person who originally gave it to you… that might be a bit awkward.

And if you can’t immediately think of someone, you can always save it for a rainy day. There are always those moments where you get an unexpected pressie and don’t have time to run to the shops and find something. This saves you the trouble!

It’s a win-win- you win brownie points, they get a great present and the tech doesn’t go wasted!

 

 

#2 Recycle it the responsible way.

We’re pretty proud to be the number one tech recycler in the whole UK. In fact, we recycle over 65,000 tonnes of waste electronics a year! So you can trust us to get rid of your tech safely.

Recycling stops harmful chemicals and metals like lead polluting the soil and water. Plus, it keeps junk away from animal habitats. And it’s easy too- a no brainer, really.

If you're already visiting one of our stores for something else, just bring your unwanted tech along and we’ll dispose of it for you. We’ve got dedicated bins for exactly that. Or if it’s a bit too chunky for that, we’ll take it away for you for a small fee.

 

#3 Open for business.

If you want to make a quick quid or two, this is an easy way to do it. Find an online selling store and list it for the price you want. There are loads of sites to choose from, like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Gumtree or Shopify.

All have different pros and cons, so do a little research before you pick one place to sell your stuff. Think about things like:

  • Delivery costs
  • Listing prices
  • How in-demand the stuff you’re selling is.

 

 

#4 Trade it in for something new.

This is a cross between recycling and selling, with the best of both worlds… although maybe we’re a little biased. We offer trade-in for certain types of tech. So check out our trade-in page to see if you’ve got something that falls under one of these categories.

If you do, we’ll value it in-store then give you a gift card to spend on the tech you really want. You you get the gift card right there and then, so you don’t need to worry about missing out. And, of course, we’ll wipe all your data from it for free, so your data stays safe.

But where does the tech you trade-in go? We’ll usually send it to developing countries, where it’ll be used by the people who need it!

 

[1] https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/eco/a1158/recycle-christmas-waste/

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