It may not be obvious what to do with old, unwanted electrical goods, but if they still work then there are many options.
Some charity shops or used furniture stores will accept electrical goods to sell on, these charity shops generally have a member of staff who is trained to test and certify electrical goods to ensure they are safe for resale to the public.
If you don’t have a local charity shop, you can look to the internet, with groups such as Freegle and Freecycle available in most areas, there is almost always someone who can make use of your old items – you can also post furniture and other items on these groups, although it’s worth checking the rules before posting.
Facebook groups are more and more common, there are local selling and freebie sites on Facebook for most areas, and everybody loves a freebie, you won’t be short of takers.
Do you have a friend in need, or a friend of a friend? Helping out others with your unwanted goods is always satisfying. Perhaps a friend’s child is moving into their own home and needs the essentials, your free item could be a great help.
Try looking for local events where people swap unwanted goods, you might just find something you need, in place of something you don’t need – and you’re saving 2 items from the landfill!
You can also check out local high street stores such as Cex, Cash Generator, and cash converters, if your item is still in good condition, you may get a little money in return for your unwanted item(s), and again, you’re saving it from the landfill and getting something back in return.
If all of the above fail (very unlikely!) or your item is broken beyond repair, then taking it to your local recycling centre is your best bet. If it’s something such as a washing machine or cooker, the shop which delivers your new item may take the old item away free of charge – it’s worth asking the retailer.
Remeber, if you’re getting rid of a phone, laptop or other device of this nature, ensure you wipe the device clean (factory reset or similar) before passing it on to ensure no personal data is left in place
If you have any recycling tips for unwanted electrical goods, let us know and we’ll add them to our list!…