Tech Recycling from your Sofa

by Sarah Ryman Sustainability Waste

Well, almost!

RevaluElectricals is a new online app service aiming to collect 10,000 unwanted electrical items and provide at least 500 reused electricals to residents in its first year of operation.

Brighton & Hove city residents can dispose of small unwanted electrical items while helping charities and the environment. Users simply book online through a special app and their old tech and electricals will be safely collected from their homes.

Goods that are working or can be refurbished or upgraded will be donated to charity. Any items that can’t be repurposed will be dismantled and recycled responsibly putting less of a strain on the environment.

Professionally wiped data

Residents are reassured that any items with personal information stored on them like PCs, mobiles and laptops will have the data completely wiped by professional security experts.

The new scheme follows on from the hugely successful Tech-Takeback service that ran a series of e-collection pop-up events in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council's Cityclean over the last three years. A total of 600 residents donated more than 5300 items of tech at the pop-up events, with over 2500 items data erased and many of these recycled.

Charities benefit

Approximately 250 pieces of tech have been distributed to a number of charities for reuse, repair and upcycling, including the Sussex Homeless Support Charity, the Green Centre, The National Tech4Good Awards, The Bevy Community Pub, Artists at Bloomtown Festival, Brighton Pride HQ and Screwed Sculptures.

Although the pop-ups were extremely popular, it meant people had to take their unwanted tech to a certain place to drop it off. Now, residents don’t even need to leave their homes as items will be collected once an appointment is booked.

Get Recycling and download The ZeroNet app here – all done within Covid social distancing and safety measures.

See list of the items you can recycle here.

Everyone benefits

In addition to helping the charities mentioned, RevaluElectricals will remove a huge number of items that can be repurposed from landfill. A great win for the environment too.

Councillor Amy Heley, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said:

This is a fantastic service and one that benefits everybody involved.

Residents know their unwanted goods are either being donated to charities, to people less able to afford technology or are being recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.That means the charities or other resident’s benefit, as does the environment. The other great thing is people don’t even have to leave their homes to dispose of their unwanted goods.

The service, called RevaluElectricals, is funded by not-for-profit organisation Material Focus and run by Tech-Takeback Ltd and The ZeroNet with support from the council's Cityclean service and the Recycle Your Electricals campaign.

Tech-Takeback managing director Dr David Greenfield and The ZeroNet’s founder and chief executive Paul McSweeney, said:

We’re excited to launch the first app-based collection of end of use electricals in England, known as RevaluElectricals.Residents can now donate unwanted tech for a second life, if feasible, in the knowledge that their data will be securely erased, together with other small household electricals. Reusable items donated will be shared via our reuse partners including Digital Brighton & Hove and Freegle.T he new service makes it easy to donate, with collection from the resident’s home booked via the free to download The ZeroNet app, at a time that suits them.Residents don’t have to worry about travel, parking or queues. Once booked, our driver will carry out a free collection from your doorstep using our electric van, while remaining compliant with COVID-19 social distancing measures.

527 million small items hoarded!

Scott Butler, executive director of Material Focus, added:

This project is vital to ensuring we make good use of our old electricals. Whether they are re-used or recycled, these items contain valuable materials that will otherwise be lost forever. Our research has shown that in the UK we are hoarding more than 527 million small electrical items, an average of 20 per household, which is why we have recently launched our Recycle Your Electricals campaign. We’re delighted to be working with Tech-Takeback. The innovative app is why we chose to work with them as it will be key to making it easier for Brighton & Hove residents to re-use and recycle their electricals.

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