Where’s the gadget drawer in your house? You know, the one where you put your old mobile phone after unpacking its replacement, just in case some unknown event means you might need it again one day. The chances are high that you won’t even look at it until you replace your phone again, when you add what was once new and shiny to your growing collection of old tech.
And how about the old computers and games consoles lurking unloved in the loft or under your bed, taking up space and gathering dust? Can you honestly say that you’ll use them again?
You might think you don’t have much old tech lying around, but if that’s true, you’re more organised than most of the population. 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 per cent of us keep them on hand 'just in case'.
It’s time we took a cold hard look at our electronics clutter and accepted 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. However, most of us simply can’t be bothered. So if you haven’t reused your old device by now, passed it on to a family member or friend, or donated it to your local NHS hospital to help patients keep in touch with their families, then realistically you’re unlikely to do so.
Instead, use your latest gadget to research where to sell your old iPhone, Samsung, or Huawei mobile – and whatever other devices are cluttering up that drawer – and put the money towards something more useful.
If your device is relatively new and in good condition, it should earn you a reasonable price. Even older iPhones and Android devices that are still in working order, or newer ones with a few marks or scratches, are welcomed by recycling companies. They will refurbish or repair your device and then resell it. Most mobile phones can be reused in this way, but even devices that are too damaged or old to be reused are still worth something, as they can be recycled for components. Parts will be removed for potential reuse, metals and other recyclable elements will be extracted, 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!
Many companies are offering this service, and their prices will vary depending on what they need at any particular time. Some may only take phones or laptops, whereas others will take a range of items. That’s 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 fair price.
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!
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