What to do with
Your local recycling centre may accept computers, monitors and laptops for recycling, or you can donate your computer, even if it isn’t in perfect working order!
Be sure to read our advice below to ensure that your personal data is removed from your computer before you pass it on or recycle it.
Pass them on...
Community and re-use organisations
Donating your unwanted computer equipment to a charity is a great way to help others. For some charities it is important that the equipment is in good working order; however other groups have technicians who can repair them.
Search online - there are lots of charities that will be able to make use of your unwanted computer equipment.
- Check for any instruction manuals, cables or accessories that you could donate with it.
- If you are also providing software with your computer, make sure you include the software licence and any installation CDs.
- Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle
- Or sell them on websites like eBay and Gumtree
Friends, family and local events
- Ask family and friends - often they can use the things we don’t want anymore
- Sell items locally at car boots, nearly new and bring and buy sales
- Advertise online, in a local paper or on local notice boards
How should I recycle computers?
- Contact your council to find out what items of equipment they can accept and in what condition
- Make sure that you permanently delete all files and programs on your computer’s hard-drive
For peace of mind, remove your personal data
It’s up to you to make sure your personal data has been, or will be, removed from your computer. Take care of your personal data and reduce the risk of it being used by someone else. Check out the latest advice from the independent consumer organisation Which?: