Benefits of recycling old electricals

There are many benefits to recycling your old electronics – also known as e-waste, electronic waste and WEEE.

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Key benefits of reusing and recycling unwanted electronics

Discarded electricals are one of the fastest growing sources of waste – and a big threat to the environment and human health. Recycling old electronics is better for the planet and your pocket, putting valuable resources back into the economy.

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Cleaner environment

Recycling old unwanted electricals uses less energy and creates less waste than making new products. 

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More from less

Precious materials in old electrical items can be recycled into life-saving equipment, bicycles – and even new electricals. 

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More cash

We’re hoarding billions of pounds worth of electricals that we could be reselling or passing on – imagine the extra cash and shelf space.

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More jobs

Recycling all our old unwanted electricals would create hundreds of new jobs in electrical reuse and recycling.

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In the bag

How Megan took the hassle out of recycling old gadgets

‘My old games console stopped working – so did the hair dryer. I didn’t want to throw them away, but recycling seemed such a pain. Then a friend said why not collect them all up in a bag? Now we just put old electricals in a separate carrier bag until it’s full enough (for my dad) to take to the recycling centre. Simple as that.’

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Did you know?

Recycling your electricals is good for the planet

We could save a whopping 2.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions if we recycled all our small unwanted electricals instead of binning or holding on to them. That’s like taking more than a million cars off the road.

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