How to recycle laptops and computers

Wondering what to do with an old computer? Read on to find out how and where to recycle laptops and desktop computers.

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As easy as ABC

Recycle laptops: your quick-start guide

If you’ve decided to recycle a laptop or desktop computer, here’s how – in three easy steps


Have you backed up files that you want to keep? Did you remove memory cards, and batteries? Have you erased your personal data? Use our guide to deleting data.


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

Are you sure you want to recycle your laptop or computer?

Your laptop or desktop computer could live on. Here are your options.

reuse or recycle laptops or desktop computers by having them repaired

Repair your laptop

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.

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Donate your laptop

Charities can refurbish your computer for someone who needs it, or recycle or sell it to raise funds. More on donating electricals.

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Sell your laptop

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.

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Did you know?

Retailers will now take your old electricals when you buy new.

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.

Where to recycle old laptops and desktop computers

Pop in your postcode to find your nearest reuse and recycling point

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