How can I recycle my computer hardware?


There’s many ways to recycle your computer hardware. The most common methods are as follows:

  • Charities
  • Recycle centres
  • Manufacturers
  • Traders


Although there are many charities out there (check your Yellow Pages), there are very few charities dedicated to recycling computer hardware, however they do exist, and they are as follows…

  • The IT Resource Guide For UK Charities and Non-Profit Organisations
  • Computers for Charities
  • Recycling for Charities

From the above sites you can find a whole load of companies offering to recycle your computer hardware.

Other charities include:

  • Oxfam
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Computer Aid

Recycle centers

There are hundreds of them, ring up your local computer shop (see Yellow Pages) and ask them if they recycle computers for charitiy, or you can check the following lists:

  • - what to do with your unwanted IT equiptment
  • IT for Charities List of Recyclers
  • Waste Online - Computer recyclers
  • Recycle Computers

Specific recycling centers include:

  • Enviro-PC
  • Airdale Computer Recycling
  • Recycle IT 4u


Many manufacturers will have a recycling policy, here are a few:

  • Gateway
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Dell

If your manufacturer isn’t listed above, simply contact them and ask them what their “recycling policy” is.


Never just throw away your computer equiptment, even if its no longer any use to you, it may be useful to someone.

Try and sell or trade it…

  • eBay
  • cex
  • Your local computer shop
  • Your local IT expert

Also see: Recycle, reuse, or donate? What should I do with my old PC?


  1. Cynthia Knapp said,

    November 8, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    Could you tell me if anywhere in west or east sussex takes unwanted computer equipment for recycling. I have a Brother laser printer with not much wrong (perhaps a dirty drum), but otherwise was a £500 machine 8 years ago and not done much work in that time. I’m actually in Worthing. Also need to know if ink cartridges can be recycled locally. Thanks.

  2. Ben Dwyer said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 11:55 am

    Remploy eCycle provide a range of services to help you re-sell, re-use or recycle your end-of-life IT equipment.

    Remploy is a not-for-profit, organisation that works to equip disabled people in the UK with the skills and experience they need to find sustainable employment and economic independence.

    So by taking advantage of the e-cycle service you’ll be helping both the environment and other people.

    Find out more at

  3. admin said,

    August 4, 2008 @ 9:04 am

    try There offer good IT & WEEE recycling services.


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