22

February

Sell A Laptop To A Reputable Company

While we hope you’ve already chosen Cash In Your Gadgets to sell a laptop to; we know there are lots of ways to do it.

This story is a few months old but with so many ways to recycle your old laptop out there we thought it is worth highlighting the importance of using a reputable company to sell your laptop to.

Always Use A Reputable Company If You Plan To Sell A Laptop

5 months ago the news broke that a lady who lived in Cornwall took her laptop to be recycled; several weeks later she was contacted by a gentleman who had found all of her personal data (including photos).

So how did her laptop end up being sold without her knowledge? When Ms Davies dropped the laptop off at the recycling centre she was advised to put it in the corner with other electrical devices. She assumed they would all be destroyed appropriately which is why they were in a pile.

The gentleman had purchased the second-hand hard disk from a local company who had somehow got hold of the device. The hard drive contained all of her documents and pictures; this potentially exposed Ms Davies to fraud and other crimes.

Keeping Your Personal Data Secure

It’s alarming how much information the gentleman could find on the device, yet its fortunate it fell into responsible hands. Most of us work on our laptops day in and day out; they contain our whole lives from email accounts to personal documents and online banking.

The Moral Of The Story

Always wipe your laptop before you recycle it. If you have devices laying around, don’t just take it to the recycling centre, they may be making money out of your old devices which you could be earning.

Always use a reputable laptop recycling company; at Cash In Your Gadgets we pay for your old devices, we also wipe your device when it arrives to ensure your data is never shared. We know it’s not always easy to know how to clean your device so we act as a back up using military grade software.

We strive to always give you a fair price for your device; this includes the protection of your data so once you sell it, you don’t have to worry about a random person setting up facebook profiles with your 2016 holiday snaps from Ibiza.

15

February

Olympic Medals To Be Made Out Of Recycled Gadgets

While most companies are talking about going green; the Olympics in Tokyo is truly taking it to the next level with medals made from recycled laptops.

All the medals in the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo next year will be made from recycled electronic waste. This discarded waste will include mobiles, laptops, desktops and handheld games consoles.

The news hit headlines last Friday, but with Brexit hogging the limelight it seemed to go quite unnoticed. Officials said they expect to be able to collect enough old electronic devices by the end of March to be able to extract the required amount of Gold, Silver and bronze required to make all the medals awaded during the Olympics.

Starting Your Own Medal Production

Unfortunately, if you have a stack of devices you won’t be able to create yourself a stack of medals any time soon.

Since the plan was first discussed 19 months ago organisers have managed to collect around 47,500 tons of devices which were either recycled or thrown out.

The required amount to create the medals is 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze.

Surprisingly it’s not the first Olympics that this recycling method has been utilized. In 2016 during the Rio Olympics, it’s thought that around 30% of some of the silver and bronze medals were created from recycled materials. In 2020 it will, however, be the first time organisers have utilized old laptops and computers for Gold.

Thousands of Recycled Computers and Laptops result in hundreds of medals

Throughout the Olympics there are around 306 medals distributed; that’s a vast number of electronic devices which are no longer filling up landfills and destroying the planet.

While you may not have enough technology stuffed in a draw to make multiple Olympic medals. You do have the ability to save the planet; by recycling your devices one at a time, you are able to help stop the mining of new materials. You can also make quite a bit of extra cash by selling your old laptops to Cash In Your Gadgets.

23

January

Where Did Your Old Laptop Go?

Ok, so you did the wrong thing, you didn’t sell your old laptop to Cash In Your Gadgets; instead, you threw it in the bin…so where is it now? Probably in a landfill somewhere… it could actually be anywhere in the world.

What Happens To Recycled PC’s

For those of you who did the right thing and used a gadget recycling scheme, parts of it could now be in Shanghai. Here, there’s a sprawling factory complex which deals with the plastic used in PCs. Ground down into tiny pellets, they started their journey to becoming new electronic devices.

If the laptop was quite modern or in a good working condition, chances are it was re-homed like an old dog, with someone who doesn’t ask much from it but needed a new-ish device.

Dell have said they gathered more than 177 million pounds worth of used electronics in 2017; which is a lot of PC’s to break down, and grind up into plastic pellets ready to create new PC’s.

Using Old To Create New

Computer companies have very much changed their attitude in the last 5 years about recycling. Closed-loop-recycling can be quite profitable for these companies; recycling old laptops or gadgets to create new versions with the same materials.

It’s thought by 2021 (in 2 years time) the globe will generate 57 million tons of e-waste. It’s now become one of the fastest growing waste streams which has a vast impact on both the environment and economic opportunity.

We’ve already blogged about the impact of precious metal mining which has decimated the forests and gorilla populations. Alongside the animal populations, we blogged about the ‘Burner boys‘ in Africa who are experiencing health implications from burning plastic off the cabling to sell on the metals. Finally, there are the chemicals leaking into landfills from non-recycled devices…

In 2018 there was only a fraction of the world’s e-waste which was recycled; when you consider many devices are coated in flame retardant materials & chemicals, including mercury, lead and arsenic, it’s no wonder our planet is suffering.

Our goal for 2019 is to encourage as many people as possible to recycle their devices appropriately. Selling your old laptop can prevent new materials being mined and old plastics being disposed of. It can help prevent dangerous substances being left to scorch the earth and reduce the damage to the already damaged world we live in.

Sell your device today at www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk