How to get rid of your unwanted tech

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

22 Dec 2021

Have you got some tech you don’t need? Whether it’s old tech that’s been replaced by a shinier, newer version - or just a gift that didn’t hit the mark – you should think about getting rid of it responsibly.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 it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few ways you can make sure your old tech gets a new home. 

1. Recycle it the responsible way

If you’ve got old tech you don’t want, you can recycle it responsibly with Currys.

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. If it’s too chunky or heavy for that, we’ll collect it from your home for a small fee.

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.

We’re pretty proud to be the number one tech recycler in the whole UK. In fact, we recycle over 65,000 tonnes safely of waste electronics a year, so you can trust us to get rid of your tech. If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s what happens to your old tech when you recycle it with us.

2. Trade it in for something new

This is a cross between recycling and selling, with the best of both worlds. 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 the 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, to protect your privacy.

Where does your tech actually go when you trade it in, we hear you ask? We’ll usually send it to developing countries, where it’ll be used by the people who need it.

3. Sell, sell, sell

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 MarketplaceeBayGumtree 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. 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. Sorted.

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

 

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