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14 May

The Ultimate Recycling Invention

One UK father has invented a waste incinerator which enables him, and his family to utilise recycling waste at home.

The Prototype

Nik Spencer, 48, says that his new device is around the size of a washing machine, yet it produces enough energy to heat a house. It is thought that should his prototype work, this will become a common household recycling item found alongside a boiler.

How It Works

General household waste, which is usually taken away by recycling services, is placed within the ‘bin’ which is the size of a washing machine drum.

The incinerator bin can cope with all food, plastic and paper waste. Oxygen is then removed from the cylinder and it heats up to 100 degrees. This dries out the materials by boiling off moisture as steam. This is then used to heat up water in your home, similar to a heat source air pump.

What about dirt from the fire?

There is a small amount of ash produced at the end which can be swept out and kept for winter. Ash like this can be used to melt snow and icy paths on a frosty or snowy morning.

Toxic gasses are filtered out through a specialist boiler ensuring there aren’t any dangerous emissions leaking into your home. One 8 hour cycle from the machine can ensure enough energy to heat a full tank of hot water. It also removes the need for petrol or diesel consuming trucks collecting rubbish which would otherwise end up in a landfill.

What Does This Mean For Tech?

Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be used to recycle old mobile phones, laptops and tablets. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t something like this being developed in the future. For now, recycling your gadgets through companies like Cash In Your Gadgets will ensure your old tech is safely recycled.

Why Phones Can’t Be Recycled

Phones contain high amounts of metal; something the new invention can’t recycle due to the high temperatures required. Mr Spencer’s device recycles most household waste with the exception of glass and metal. Both of which can be recycled in their current form or melted down, sterilised and reused.

When Can You Hope To Buy A Home Incinerator

If you’re keen to start disposing of & recycling your own waste, if trials go well,  you can buy one in 2020.

They will retail for around £3,500 and you’ll still be required to dispose of your glass, metal and electronic devices.

Although it’s quite a pricey piece of kit, with the addition of selling your gadgets to companies like CIYG and the money you save on gas heating. You should break even in just over 4 years with the sale of one modern gadget per year.

To start saving for your incinerator, and to find to out how much  your gadgets are worth visit 

27 April

Designer Of The Sinclair Spectrum Dies

It’s with great sadness we write this blog about the designer of the Sinclair Spectrum, Rick Dickinson who died today.

Who Was Rick Dickinson?

He was a British designer who worked for Sinclair Research and oversaw the development of the famous home computers in the 1980’s. Yep, they were called ‘home computers’ back then, not just computers.

Over his career, he was also responsible for developing technology for the UK company’s touch-sensitive and rubber keyboards.

Rubber keyboards were said to have been a design created to cut costs. Touch sensitive mats were used as they were much cheaper than traditional keyboards with multiple components.

An Inspiration For The Tech Comunity

The machines developed by the company had a reputation amongst gamers, creatives and game makers. Rick Dickinson joined Sinclair in 1979 as a graduate of industrial design from Newcastle Polytechnic.

Although he left the company, he set up his own industrial design consultancy in Cambridgeshire; here he was asked to be  involved in the design of the first Amstrad portable computers.

When we consider early mobiles and games consoles look how they do, thanks to the to the designs of Richard Dickinson; it’s a shame that very few people know his name.

Vintage Technology

When you consider 7.32 million iPhones were sold worldwide in the first quarter of 2018, and how far phones have come since Mr Dickinson designs first hit the market, it’s no surprise he’s an inspiration for designers in 2018.

Although we don’t accept computers for recycling as far back as 1979, the science museum actually has the Spectrum on display. They have not only become an icon of how far technology has come; but also a symbol of design innovation.

Recycling gadgets

If you have any old computers, mobiles or games consoles you’d like to recycle; you can visit our website for an instant quote.

25 April

Don’t Miss Out On The Gold Mine

We’ve said it before but it’s amazing how many consumers miss out on the gold mine which is mobile phone recycling.

What Gold Mine?

Have you ever wondered why we pay you so much for your old gadgets? They are packed full of precious metals and components which can be re-used.

Have you ever seen a gold mine, panning for gold it’s like finding a needle in a haystack, which is why gold is so valuable. So, when you consider how much gold there is in gadgets like mobile phones, you begin to understand why we offer cash for your old gadgets.

You Won’t Get Rich From It

Before everybody goes crazy trying to buy up old mobile phones in a bid to make a fortune, or a necklace. You can get around 1 gram of gold out of 41 mobiles. Depending on the carat (ranging from 9-24) you’d earn between £10.60 and £28.23 for all 41 mobiles.

It’s not just gold that can be found, but it is one of the most valuable metals stored in products like mobile phones. In recent months there has been growth in recycling gadgets; companies are beginning to push to reuse existing resources over mining for new ones.

Urban Mining

This isn’t a new trend, we’ve been doing it for years; however, the world is waking up to recycling realities. It’s vital we consider the importance of recycling gadgets. With the production of mobile phones growing year on year, it’s no surprise as resources run out, producers are beginning to look at reusing the resources held within our previous gadgets.

Why Arent More Companies Doing It?

As you can see by the volume of gold which is in 41 mobile phones, it’s not going to cause a gold rush; but what it really comes down to is the complexity of recycling the gadgets and harnessing the resources.

At the moment, in Europe, there are companies attempting to automate the recycling of LCD screens. Like with mobiles, it’s a highly labour intensive process which provides little monetary benefits.

You’d Like To Cash In And Recycle?

Great news! To get started, all you have to do is visit our main website; enter the details of which gadget you have and we’ll display the price we’d like to pay for it. Not only will you be saving the world’s resources, you could make a little cash out of it too!