Does your old electrical contain batteries or bulbs? Remove these before recycling. It’s your responsibility to remove personal data from smart devices and computers, so remember to take out memory cards and delete your data.
It’s time to make sure our old electricals are put to good use by giving more families access to affordable technology.
“If we’re buying so much over Christmas, then we all have a responsibility to do something useful with our replaced items,” says TV presenter Andrea McLean.
Join Andrea and husband Nick Freeney as they get boxing up to stop millions of pounds’ worth of usable electricals going to waste.
“I can pass on my old record player. I know it will be making music with a new owner again someday soon,” says Emma Slade Edmondson.
Kate Thornton asks: “What else do you do on a wet weekend but have a clear out – and all for the greater good!”
“Currently swamped in wires, plugs and chargers!! No better time than now to #recycleyourelectricals,” says Konnie Huq
“Sorting my unwanted items before I donate or recycle. NEVER throw them away,” says Jean Johansson.
“Could you hold all the unused, broken and unwanted electronic items you have at home?” asks green blogger Captain Bobcat (Eva).
If you’re planning to donate or recycle your electricals, preparing them is simple. Be sure to check opening times at your local recycling point for Covid-19 restrictions.
Find a bag that you can use to store old electricals until you can go to your recycling centre – or until collection day if you have one. With Covid-19 restrictions you might not be able to make the trip straight away.
After the Christmas gift bonanza, you could brighten someone else’s 2021 by donating or recycling your older electricals – from Christmas lights to laptops.
A staggering 53.5 million electricals were set to be sold between Black Friday and Christmas – as millions of us planned to buy new products.
People up and down the country said they were planning to throw away nearly 5 million older, unwanted electrical items.
Those electricals would have a value of almost £160 million if used to give families access to affordable technology and appliances.
That’s 573,588 km.
But there are some brilliant solutions – and you don’t have to go far to find them.
As of January 2021, when you buy a new electrical item in-store they should take back your old one on a like-for-like basis.
Recycling after Christmas – it’s not rocket science.
More and more of us are getting ready to donate or recycle our old electricals
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