If you’ve decided to recycle a laptop or desktop computer, here’s how – in three easy steps
Bag up your unwanted computer and accessories until you’re ready to take them for recycling. Recycle the battery pack with your other batteries if it’s removable – they are a fire risk if mixed in with other recycling.
Find your nearest electricals recycling or donation point by using our locator. If you’re buying a new computer you can now hand over your old one in store for recycling.Electrical Recycling Locator
Your laptop or desktop computer could live on. Here are your options.
Instead of buying a new computer, a repair could save you money. So check with your manufacturer, retailer, local PC repair shop or Repair Cafe.
Charities can refurbish your computer for someone who needs it, or recycle or sell it to raise funds. More on donating electricals.
Your old computer may be perfect for someone else. Try online market places to see if you can make a little cash towards your next computer.
There are 10,000 new recycling points across the UK
And some larger stores take back your old gear for recycling even if you’re not purchasing from them.
Pop in your postcode to find your nearest reuse and recycling point
That includes old laptops, their batteries or power packs, power leads and accessories like trackpads, additional monitors – and USB, thunderbolt or firewire cables.
And especially the mouse.
That’s how many unwanted laptops are estimated to be sitting idle in homes across the UK.
When we recycle them instead, the metals and plastics in them can be made into medical equipment, bicycles – even new laptops.