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Phone and Gadget Recycling

Upgrade to the latest and greatest tech, but don't let your old device go to waste! Instead of tossing it in the trash, do your part for the planet by either selling it or recycling it. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you could also make some extra cash. Find out how to responsibly dispose of your gently-used device today!

How does phone recycling work?


There are many ways how you can recycle your phone. If you think that the phone would not be worth a lot and is not worth passing it on, you can just dispose it at household waste and recycling centres. The right container for phones is the one with marking “small electricals”. If you don’t want to throw the device out, but also don’t want any money for it, you can give it to a charity or pass on the phone online for free. You can give it away in online sites such as recyclenow and Mazuma.

If you think that your phone is still worth a pretty penny, you can sell it to places which recycle electronic devices. Usually you would have to send the phone through post. Then experts would value and test the phone. After that, the company will send you the money. Sometimes the value can be determined online by putting in the phone model and the network which would then generate a quote. If your phone is damaged, you will have to answer some additional questions which would then amend the quote. Some companies offer same day payments and would send a delivery box where you can send your phone to them for free.



Laptop and Other Gadget Recycling


If you want to recycle another gadget – a laptop, tablet or a MacBook, it works very similarly as it does for phone. You can recycle them at recycle points but you can also sell them privately or recycle them online. Places like Sellmymobile offer to sell your gadget, while Compare and Recycle give you the best place where you can sell your gadget (where you can get the most money for your gadget). You can also recycle your gadget at Music MagPie , a well known site for buying refurbished gadgets. You do have to fill in a form to report on the state of your gadget and any damages to it and send it(usually the company sends you a box to put the phone in), but that is pretty much it! Nice and simple!

If you don’t own a Samsung or Apple gadget, it might be a bit harder to find a place where the seller would accept a Huawei tablet or a Sony Smartwatch. You can try at Music MagPie, as they offer to sell various brands or try to sell your device privately.

Best Apple phone and Gadget recycling deals

Apple iPhone 14 Pro 128gb - You'll get £645
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Apple iPhone 13 Pro 128gb - You'll get £470
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Apple iPad Pro 11’’ 64GB Wifi - You'll get £220
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS 400mm - You'll get £75
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Apple Macbook Air 13’’ 2020 - You'll get £170
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How much will I get for my phone?

The value of a phone varies based on its model and condition, with newer models being more valuable. To determine the value of a slightly damaged phone, compare the price of a fully working model and subtract the extent of the damage. The price can also vary between sellers, so research is advised before recycling.

Best Samsung phone and gadget recycling deals

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus 128gb - You'll get £325
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 128gb - You'll get £355
Samsung Galaxy S21 128gb - You'll get £175
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - You'll get £265

Which phone recycling company is the best?

When recycling a mobile phone, it's important to consider different recycling companies and compare their offerings. Consider factors such as ease of process and how much money each company is willing to pay for your device. Doing your research and choosing the right company can help you get the most value for your phone.

CeX or Game stores

Selling your mobile phone is a choice for those who want to get rid of it or earn some money from it. CEX and Game, situated in prime locations, will exchange it for cash or vouchers. However, if you don’t plan to buy games or electronics, you may opt for alternative recycling options for your phone. This will save you from the hassle of selling it, potentially earning you more money, and also ensure proper disposal in an eco-friendly manner.

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Network Providers

You can recycle your phone with mobile network providers like EE, Three, Giff Gaff or o2. They accept devices from all networks and guarantee the best price. If you are able to find a better price somewhere else, o2 and Three promise to match it. Also, o2 and Three offer same day payment while EE sends the payment within three days and Giff Gaff offers payment one day after phone’s arrival. All of these providers offer free phone return – they will send a package where you can send your phone to them, all expenses covered.

Comparison Sites

In addition to mobile network providers, there are numerous online websites that specialize in buying used phones for recycling. To find the best price for your phone, it’s advisable to use comparison sites that compare the offers of different websites. There are three comparison sites that are user-friendly and simple to use. Simply select your phone’s model and the site will generate a list of websites and prices for your device. Here are the three comparison sites:

  1. Mazuma
  2. Envirofone
  3. SellMyMobile
  4. EE Recycle
  5. musicMagpie
  6. GiffGaff Recycle

Biggest phone manufacturers Apple and Samsung also offer trade-in services and they accept devices from most phone manufacturers.


Best other phone deals

Google Pixel 7 Pro 128gb - You'll get £300
Huawei Mate 40 Pro 256gb - You'll get £175
Oneplus Nord 128gb - You'll get £45

Recycling your phone benefits the environment by reducing e-waste, the fastest growing and problematic waste stream globally. Only 15-20% of e-waste is recycled, but by doing so, you can prevent air and water pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and recover valuable resources such as gold, silver, palladium, and copper. For example, recycling a million cell phones results in the recovery of 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium, and 35,274 pounds of copper. The 2020 Olympic medals in Tokyo will even be made from recycled mobile phone gold, as the city has already collected over 80,000 phones for the production of 50,000 medals.