Where is the electronics drawer in your house? You know, the one where you put all your old phones, wires, batteries, and chargers. The 'just in case' drawer, for any unknown event that means you might need that old phone again one day.
The chances of using your old phone again, or even seeing it are extremely low. Whereas, by taking 10 minutes out of your day, you can turn this old and unwanted device into money.
But it's not just old phones that end up gathering dust. Old and unwanted laptops, computers, and games consoles also are left in the loft, and under your bed. They are taking up valuable space and could be recycled and reused.
You may think that you don't have much tech lying around, but most houses in the UK will have at least 1 device in their home which is unused.
A recent survey
found that the average Briton owns 11 unused devices, including mobile phones, games consoles,
laptops, tablets, smartwatches, and digital cameras.
Although many of these items can be sold to raise cash, apparently 32 percent of
us keep them on hand 'just in case'.
It's time that we looked at our electronic clutter, and realised that the 'just in case' scenario isn't going to happen. You could, of course, reuse an old phone by downloading a suitable app and turning it into anything from a baby monitor to a stand-alone digital radio…there are lots of websites that will tell you how to do this and much more.
But, the reality is, most of us cannot be bothered with this, and would simply buy a device that is designed for the intended purpose.
Basically, if you haven't reused your device by now, passed it onto a family member, or donated it, you're probably not going to.
Instead, you can recycle your old and unwanted devices in exchange for money, that can be put towards something more useful.
if your device is relatively new, and in good condition, it should earn you a reasonable price. However, even older iPhones and Android devices that are still working, or have a few scratches are accepted by many recycling companies, as they contain valuable materials.
Many buyers will refurbish and repair your device and then resell it. Most mobile phones can be reused in this way, but even devices that are quite old and damaged can be reused, and are still worth something. Parts will be removed for potential reuse, metals and other recyclable elements will be removed, and the remaining materials will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
While the example above is for mobile phones, you can sell your gaming console, tablet, laptop, computer, smartwatch, and digital camera in exactly the same way. The recycling companies will even provide free postage!
Compare Prices in One Place
Many companies offer the 'recycle' service, and their price will vary depending on the level of demand at that particular time. Some buyers may only buy phones and laptops, whereas others specialise in one kind of device, and others will take a whole range of devices.
why we set up our comparison website,
which will help you to find the best price for each of your old items. We’ve carefully
checked the credentials of all the companies we partner with, so you can be
confident that anything you send them will be handled in line with the Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. in other words, your
device will be recycled responsibly, and you’ll be paid a
So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present, and the longer you leave it, the lower the eventual price. Get recycling!