Prepare electricals for recycling

You can recycle anything with a plug, battery or cable. Here’s how to prepare electricals.

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As easy as ABC

Could your unwanted electricals be passed on, or fixed? If not, recycling your electricals is the best thing to do. Now preparing them is simple.

ASK

Does your old electrical contain batteries or bulbs? Remove these before recycling. Delete any personal data from smart devices, and take out memory and SIM cards.

BAG IT

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.

CHECK

Check our easy recycling locator to find your nearest repair, reuse or recycling point. Some councils will also collect directly from your home. Otherwise keep your electricals in your bag until after lockdown.

Recycling locator

Watch This

Delete your data

Paul Lewis runs through a simple three-stage process for deleting data from your devices

Or you can download our guide to data deletion below. Remember it’s your responsibility to wipe data from your smart devices before passing them on or recycling them.

Prepare electricals for recycling

How to delete your data from your smart devices so you can part with them safely.

3 easy steps for peace of mind

Step 1

Start by backing up the data from your device and any memory cards. Usually this means saving your photos, contacts and so on to the cloud or to a personal computer.

Step 2

Next, wipe all personal data from your device, and reset to original settings. This is called a factory reset. The manufacturer’s website will tell you how to do this.

Step 3

Finally, remove any SIM and memory cards from the device. Now use our locator to find your nearest repair, reuse or recycling point. Check now.

Recycling locator

Need more help on deleting data from your smart devices?

Remember it’s your responsibility to wipe data from your smart devices before passing them on or recycling them. Check out our FAQ on how to delete your data or hit the button below to download our handy guide.

Download our handy guide

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