Recycle an Old Phone and Other Gadgets

Gadget Recycling

Recycling is something that is changing every aspect of our lives. From stopping us from using plastic bags at the supermarket to encouraging us to use a more eco-friendly method of transferring our shopping back to our cars.

Unfortunately, gadgets can’t be stuck in your green recycling bin, they require specialist recyclers like Cash In Your Gadgets who know how to strip components, re-use parts and utilise working devices.

If your planning to recycle your old laptop, recycle your old mobile or any other device which holds personal data we recommend wiping the device and restoring it to factory settings. You’ll need to remove your accounts to ensure when we receive a phone we can access it!

If you’re recycling your laptop we recommend wiping your hard drive, removing all of your personal documents prior to sending it to us. This will ensure you don’t forget a document you wanted and regret not wiping it before it’s out of your hands. We wipe all devices when we receive them to ensure any data you accidentally leave on your device never leaves our offices.

If you were to throw your old electronics and gadgets into your green bin, or even your black bin; there’s no way of guaranteeing your data is safe. With the EU going crazy over GDPR it’s vital our customers or potential customers know the dangers of throwing tech gadgets away rather than recycling them.

If you’d like to recycle any of your gadgets, either get in touch or visit www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk to ensure your data is wiped rather than exposed.



Ways to Make Old Gadgets into New Tech

Gadget Book

These days it feels like we’re forever selling our old gadgets, or the alternative, sticking them in a draw until we move house. Unfortunately, this does the gadget and our planet no good unless they are safely recycled by companies like Cash In Your Gadgets.

This week we thought we’d share some wisdom on what your old semi working gadgets can be turned into.

Turn Your Mobile Into A House Hold Gadget

If you’re looking to use your old mobile phone for something other than making some quick cash we’ve got some great ideas. We’re in the business of recycling so it’s no surprise we know some of the tricks to utilising old gadgets.

When you think about it, even the first generation iPhones are essentially miniature computers; this makes them perfect for utilising at home.


Did you know there are loads of apps designed to help you transform your phone? There are also some pretty awesome low-cost accessories to add additional functions.

Security Camera – Manything, Silent Eye (Android), Dormi (Android)

Turn your phone into a security camera connected to wifi. Manything is a free app which means your device c.n be used to keep an eye on things in your home. Watch what’s happening by setting your phone in a position ready to catch a sticky-fingered sibling or a curious cat while you’re away on holiday.

Games Console – Old Android Devices

It’s surprisingly easy to turn your old mobile into an additional games console controller. Connect your phone to your TV using chromecast, or micro USB to HDMI. From here on the app store there are a large number of emulators for some of the classic game consoles including Nintendo 64!

Add your PS3 or PS4 wireless Bluetooth controller and you’re ready to play.

A VR Device

If you feel like you’ve missed out on the Gear VR and VR, in general, you’re not alone. Although virtual reality seems to have fallen a little flat, curiosity still gets the best of us sometimes.

Turning your phone into a VR device is surprisingly simple. Google recently launched something called Daydream. It’s a virtual reality headset which uses your smartphone for the screen and processor. The downside is your old device might not be fast enough to handle the app although a large number of Android devices are.

Creating your VR headset can be as cheap or as expensive as you like; you can buy a £13 kit or make your own with a pen, ruler and knife. Watch this YouTube Video for tips on how to start yours; remember your old smartphone will need to have a gyrometer to function as a VR device.

TV Remote

If you’re someone who is always losing the TV remote then this one for you! If you are also the type of person who’s forever looking for their phone, this probably won’t help very much!

Companies like Virgin Media, BT and sky all have apps which enable the boxes to work in different rooms. These often contain a remote function enabling you to switch channels from your phone or tablet.

The only downside is they control the box and so you’d still have to get up and turn the TV off at the end of the night.

Recycling Your Gadgets

These are just a few of the ways you can recycle your old computers, phones and games consoles. If they all feel like too much effort you can just recycle your old phones or tablets with Cash In Your Gadgets.




Nintendo’s new Labo Vehicle Kit

Nintendo has just released their new Labo Vehicle Kit; created out of cardboard it’s almost totally recyclable!

Created for the Switch games console, they have developed 3D recyclable accessories which come flat-packed ready for you to assemble.

The Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Add-ons include a steering wheel, gas pedal, keys and more. Now the price feels quite steep considering it looks like all your getting is cardboard; however there’s a lot more that goes on inside the flat-pack game.  You’re essentially getting a 3D game, complete with a joystick for piloting a plane, it’s not bad value.

The game you use these with doesn’t have a name, but it looks pretty decent. It’s mostly an adventure game where you can use your buggy or submarine to explore an island. It even features a 2 player mode where you can battle cars and adventure with your friends.

Putting It Together

For anybody who’s put flat-pack furniture together will be filled with dread at the thought of a cardboard version. However, usually, there isn’t a game to play at the end of it.

When you think about how much fun it can be creating something out of lego, it doesn’t sound so bad.

Our Verdict

In the last 10 years tech has become something that is thrown away quite easily at the end of its life, or when a new version is released. We’re quite happy to see something which has more recyclable elements. It’s great to see the industry thinking about different ways to incorporate recyclable elements into an industry which is quite bad for the environment.

For those who can’t wait to get their hands on these devices, it will be on the market to purchase in September!

For those who are looking to recycle an old game console or sell their old game console, visit www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk