Simple Thing No. 23 – Recycle your electrical goods

23 January 2015 | ResolutionPossible

Simple Things; Recycle electronics; wires; cables; phone chargers

Where can I recycle?

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Please let us know about recycling electronics where you are!

Remember before you pass on or recycle your items, ensure any personal data is removed. 

Charity and re-use organisations

If your item isn’t broken, there are some alternative ways to recycle your electrical goods.

  • Some charity shops or furniture re-use organisations accept electrical product as donations -many offer collection services.
  • Check to see if your council offers a service for re-use.


  • Places such as Freecycle and Freegle are great ways to pass on items for free.
  • Search online for companies that will exchange old electrical items for money such as  Cash Converters and CeX.
  • Alternatively you can sell them on websites like eBay, Gumtree and Preloved.

Friends, family and local events

  • Ask family and friends if they would like your unwanted electrical items – it could be just what they need!
  • Sell locally at car boot and second hand sales or put an ad in the local news.

Can I recycle this?

If you’re unsure whether an item can be recycled, simply ask the following questions:

  • Does it have a plug?
  • Does it use batteries?
  • Does it need charging?
  • Does it have a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on it?

If you answer yes to any of these, it can be recycled.

For a detailed list of what you can recycle visit Recycle Now.

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