Does your old electrical contain batteries or bulbs? Remove these before recycling. It’s your responsibility to remove personal data from smart devices and computers, so remember to take out memory cards and delete your data.
“A beautiful initiative to demonstrate the value in objects we might consider waste.” – Lily Cole
Recycling our unwanted electricals could see gold, silver, platinum and palladium worth over £850 million salvaged and reused.
Handcrafted by sustainable jeweller Lylie’s, in gold and silver from recycled electricals.
“I hope Five Gold Rings inspires a new perspective on the ‘junk’ most of us have hiding in our drawers.” – Lily Cole
From a dusty cupboard to the sparkle of the catwalk and more – recycled electricals are the gift that will keep on giving.
In homes across the UK we’re hoarding an incredible 527 million unwanted electrical products. And we throw away 155,000 tonnes of electricals a year.
Old electricals contain tiny amounts of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and other valuable materials that can be salvaged and used again.
The precious metals in each gadget quickly add up: one brand new gold ring could be made from the idle electricals in just 30 homes.
Recycling the UK’s 31 million unwanted laptops could yield enough aluminium to make 159,000 bicycles, or enough plastic for 5 million defibrillators.
That’s the astonishing haul of gold, silver and palladium that could be salvaged from the unwanted electricals in the UK each year.
And all you have to do is recycle your electricals.
That’s how many gold rings could be made every year by recycling the UK’s unwanted gadgets.
Could there be a happier ending for your old tech?
Could you repair or sell your old electricals, or donate them to a charity? If not, anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled – and preparing them is simple.
Find a bag that you can use to store all your old electricals until you can go to the recycling centre – or until collection day, if you have one.