Recycle Laptops

Every year it’s estimated that 2 million laptops are thrown in the bin only to end up at landfill. This is still only a small part of the 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste that is chucked away in the UK every year. 1.2 million tonnes is enough waste to fill Wembley stadium six times over and this rate is increasing at a scary 5% every year.

In order to make a laptop, computer manufacturers use 10 times the product’s weight in chemicals and fossil fuels. Even if you have an energy efficient system its manufacturing process has already posed a big problem to the environment. In addition to this many laptops contain heavy metals which are extremely toxic, they also contain flame retardants which are very dangerous when they aren’t disposed of correctly.

Considering the implications that incorrect disposal of PCs, laptops and notebooks can cause to the environment we should all make sure we are doing our bit and recycling correctly.

Where to Recycle Your Unwanted Laptop for Cash

Laptop Recycling Ltd are an electronic waste company based in the UK. They offer money for pretty much any make and models. You can get a quote off them by clicking the appropriate button and filling in the details specifying the screen size, type of processor, the condition and whether there are any defects. If you agree with the price you are quoted then a free courier will pick up your old item and your money will be sent by cheque, BACS or Paypal.

Music Magpie  is used by millions of people every year to recycle unwanted items including laptops, MacBooks, desktops and flatscreen monitors. They also will buy other electronic goods CDs, DVDs and games which you can send all in the same box. They offer extremely competitive prices on all items whether they are in a good, poor or even faulty condition. To get started simply enter the model number of the item you want to sell on their site to get an instant quote. If you are happy with the quote then a courier will come out free of charge to pick up your stuff or you can use their freepost address. Once received your stuff will be checked over and your payment sent within a matter of days by same day bank transfer, cheque or e-voucher.

MoneyForLaptops will buy any unwanted laptop no matter how old it is or in what condition. By selecting the brand and model that you want to sell they will give you an instant quote on their website. If you are happy with the price quoted then fill in your details and a courier will be sent out to pick-up your goods. Once received the condition will be checked and then your money released via either cheque or Paypal. Any that are received by this company will be broken down for their core components.

Dell Trade In will buy your old desktops PCs, notebooks and monitors of any brands. To get started simply fill in the details in order to receive an instant quote. If you are happy with the trade in value then print a free shipping label and send in your goods as advised. Your payment will be sent within 30 days of receipt of your old equipment to a bank account of your choice.

Selling at Online Auction Sites

If all else fails you could always use eBay or any other online auction site. The great thing about using eBay is you know your unwanted laptop will go to another person and be re-used or broken up and used for parts. However with eBay you are not guaranteed to get a fixed price like on the recycling sites above, you will only know how much you are getting for your old laptop once the auction has finished.

If your used laptop is in full working order, you have the original box and any accessories that came with it and you’re willing to take the risk on an auction, then its likely that you will end up with more money than any recycling site could offer you. Recycling companies also offer extremely small amounts for broken laptops, whereas people on eBay will pay much more especially if the parts can be salvaged.

Paypal offers eBay users a few tips for selling high value items online these include:

  • Beware of unusual requests as this could be a sign of suspicious activity
  • Provide clear, detailed descriptions with photographs
  • Make sure your buyer understands any return procedure that you are offering
  • Buyers like any questions answered quickly and efficiently
  • When IT equipment and other electronic goods make sure you wipe the hard disc to remove any personal data

You can sell pretty much any make and model of laptop on eBay including Acer, Advent, Apple, Macbook, Macbook Pro, iBook G4 and G3, Arima, Asus, Benq, Clevo, Compaq, Dell, e-System, Evesham, Fujitsu Siemens, Gateway, Gericom, HP, Higrade, IBM, Lenovo, Medion, MicroStar, Novatech, Packard Bell, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Time, Tiny and Toshiba.

The Charity Option

Of course if you’re feeling generous you could always donate your old IT equipment to charity. Any high street charity shop such as Oxfam will gladly take your unwanted equipment off you. If you want to donate your goods online then Computer Aid is a UK registered ICT for development charity who are urgently seeking donations of laptops and any other IT equiment. Any old laptops, desktops or other items they receive will be refurbished by their specialists and sent to hospitals, schools, universities and not for profit organisations in any one of over a hundred developing countries around the world.

2 comments so far - add yours!
  1. Helene Says:


    Please can you give me a quote for a Asus laptop
    Asus X5DIJ Series

    CPU T4200
    Display 15.6 HD/LED
    HD 500GB Memory 4GB
    OS Vista Premium

    Thanks and regards
    Wireless 802.11n

  2. joanna Says:

    please can you give me a quote for a Asus laptop X58L,thanks

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