Does your unwanted tech 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.
Small electricals that are cheap to buy and easy to throw away are becoming the fastest growing e-waste stream. Here’s why we need to put the brakes on FastTech going to landfill.
The hard reality of easy-come easy-go electricals
From mini-fans, disposable vapes and USB sticks to novelty chargers, decorative lights and handheld vacuum cleaners – we buy one piece of FastTech in the UK every 16 seconds, and bin 90% of those gadgets in the blink of an eye.
All electricals, even small inexpensive items such as cables, contain precious materials – and if we bin them they’re lost forever. That’s a big challenge for the environment and our economy.
An astonishing 471 million pieces of FastTech end up in UK landfill each year. They’re part of over 100,000 tonnes of e-waste we throw away annually, and we still have a staggering 880 million gadgets gathering dust at home.
Like anything else with a plug, battery or cable, FastTech can be recycled. And more and more people are discovering how easy it is to donate or recycle theirs. Find your nearest drop-off point using our handy locator.
Once you’ve decided whether to recycle or pass on your unwanted tech, preparing your electricals is as easy as ABC
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.
Whether it’s disposable vapes or swanky noise-cancelling headphones – inside all electrical devices are valuable, unseen materials that make them tick. Now eye-popping 3D scans by visual tech pioneers Lumafield reveal the treasure in our gadgets: copper, lithium, stainless steel, gold and more.
By recycling anything with a plug, battery or cable we can recover these materials and turn them into new products – from bicycles to life-saving medical equipment.