How to recycle computers, laptops and monitors
Any items that have a plug, use batteries, need charging or have a picture on them of a crossed-out wheelie bin, are known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
These items should not be sent to landfill and can be recycled at household waste recycling centres and selected retailers. Some local councils also collect small electrical items as part of their kerbside collection.
When you replace a laptop or computer the retailer you buy it from is legally required to help you dispose of your old machine;
You can also recycle computers at household waste recycling centres;
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, such as WEEECharity, have technicians who can repair them.
Remember to remove your data
It is important to permanently delete all files and programs on your device’s hard-drive and remove your personal data before you pass it on or send it for recycling – read the Which guide to removing files from your device for advice.