Recycle cables and leads

Tied up in knots over what to do with unwanted cables and leads? Not sure if you can recycle cables? Let’s straighten things out.

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Cable recycling near me

How to recycle cables and leads

Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled – including the cables themselves.

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Do you really need all those old cables and leads you have tucked away? Do they work? Could they be repaired?

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To recycle, find a bag that you can use to store old cables and leads until you can go to the recycling centre – or until collection day, if you have one.

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Find your local recycling point. Simply pop your postcode into our recycling locator. That’s it!

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Where to recycle cables and leads

Why recycle cables and leads?

Electrical cables and leads are hidden treasure. And the great thing is they are simple to recycle.

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140 million unused cables

Most of us have a drawer full of old cables and leads. In fact, you could circle the Earth five times with the cables hiding in UK homes.

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Cables and leads are valuable

Copper, aluminium, even gold are used in cables, leads and wiring. These are precious materials that can be turned into new products.

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Dispose of plastics properly

Recycling cables and leads means the plastic coating won’t end up polluting the environment. So don’t throw cables or leads in the rubbish.

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Every cable counts

It’s not just your phone lead. Vacuum cleaners, TVs, lamps, electric guitars, washing machines – recycle all electrical cables.

Before you recycle old cables and leads

Think about repairing, passing them on or even selling them.

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Repair cables and leads

A soldering iron or screwdriver may be all it takes to repair a broken cable or fit a new plug to a power lead. See our page on repairing electricals.

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Donate old cables and leads

Some charities will accept chargers and leads in working order for resale or recycling. See our page on donating electricals to charity.

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Recycle cables for cash

Car boot sales, local networks or online marketplaces such as Gumtree and Ebay are all worth checking out.

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Retailers will take back old cables and leads

Thousands of shops across the UK will now take your old electrical products for recycling if you’re buying from them. And many stores will take your old tech even if you’re not buying.

This includes all the accessories including plugs, batteries – and yes, cables.