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.
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.
Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled. That includes phones and laptops, as well as older entertainment devices such as VHS recorders, DVD/CD players and tape decks. But you might still have home movies, albums and mix tapes on older formats that you’ll want to access after you’ve recycled or donated your device. Check out our pages on backing up VHS, cassettes and DVD/CDs and backing up SD cards, mobile devices and computer files.
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.
3 easy steps for peace of mind
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.
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.