Published on: 3 Sep 2019
We all have at least one mobile phone, digital camera, or other electronic device that’s just gathering dust in a drawer or cupboard. In fact, Britons hoard around 40 million devices that are just not used at all anymore. But is there a way to cash in on your forgotten tech?
The Royal Society of Chemistry warned that the rare earth elements in these devices are wasted instead of being used to build new technology. Also, many electronic devices can harm the environment and people if the toxic substances in devices such as phones, music players, and cameras end up in land fills.
Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of the tech you’ll never use again and make some money out of it or at least help protect the environment and declutter your house.
According to This Is Money, specialist recycling firms offer competitive prices for older mobile phones that you’ve stopped using years ago. Some of these firms also buy digital cameras, smart watches, tablets, and MP3 players.
Some high-street shops such as CeX also buy and sell second-hand laptops, game consoles, home appliances, and other technology.
Local councils will take unwanted electronic items at recycling centres. You won’t get any money for it, but at least you’ll get rid of stuff you don’t need and you can be certain they will dispose of your unwanted items properly.
There’s also the option to donate your old electronics to charity shops, with all the proceeds going to a good cause, such as helping those in need or funding research.
Back to news