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Tech & electricals

Given the world's digital transition, this is the fastest growing category of waste

Electrical engineer working on circuit board

To rent rather than buy:

  • Morden Library of Things: Rent items that you don’t use too often instead of buying them.

  • Did you know that all Merton Libraries lend laptops and tablets to those who need them as part of their Connecting Merton program 

Check out the Restart Project’s Repair directory for repair shops in the area. The shops in the Repair Directory have been chosen for their positive reviews and clear warranty terms.


Learn to take apart and identify a problem and co-fix everyday items like vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, lamps, hand blenders, hair dryers, radios, mobiles and laptops with more experienced fixers at a ReStart party near you. Repair cafes tend to repair a wider range of items like clothing, bikes and furniture.

Ifixit sells tools needed for repair and provides free crowdsourced repair guides for everything!

To donate for reuse:

Laptops & tablets- Dons Local Action Group Keep Kids Connected program 

Other white goods – Dons Local Action Group


British Heart Foundation store in Mitcham.


Little lives charity shop (including free collection) 


Laptops, tablets and desktops- Power to Connect Wandsworth


Mobile phones - Oxfam phone bank

Donate old corporate devices via the National Device Bank  (donations from organisations only)

Reconome a service for business selling low-cost refurbished devices to schools, charities and SMEs (donations from organisations only)

Also see list of local refurbishment organisations on the GLA page or the London Councils' One World Living program for the above resources and more. 



To repair:

IT gadgets

Any high street IT gadget shop (they can now be found on most high streets)


Other equipment (they provide pick up and delivery):

To recycle:

Tech & electrical items (such as laptops, tablets, toasters, kettles, other white goods)

  • Currys (you have to take the item to the local store, recycling collection for old equipment is only included if there is a new item delivery associated with it)

  • Sainsburys (some small items only, will need to ask at the till)


Light bulbs

Robert Dyas (taken at the till, you will need to ask the sales assistant)



Supermarkets (have a plastic tub for batteries collection)


Video & audio tapes

If you happen to have any still!! the Work & Play Scrapstore may take them.

Printer cartridges

Recycle 4 Charity provides a hassle free printer cartridge recycling program to raise money for charity. See Sustainable Merton's website for more info. 

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