The tech giant Currys have launched a ‘Cash For Trash’ scheme that will run from now until 15th April, 2022. The new scheme is a trial and will enable consumers to get rid of any unwanted old, broken or unwanted technology they have. Anyone in the UK can take their unwanted technology into any Currys near them for an exchange for a voucher or trade-in deal. As part of its ‘Cash For Trash’ trial, Currys said that if the item has a trade-in value it can potentially be traded in for a higher value product, cash or a Currys voucher. The voucher you will receive will be a minimum of £5.
Any technology like TVs and other small domestic appliances can be traded in for hundreds of pounds off new products at Currys, the retailer said. At the moment Currys is offering £100 off any TV over £1000, when a customer trades-in their old one. Customers can also currently get up to £40 off selected small appliances when they trade-in their old gadget. The recycling scheme is being launched on the back of research from the Environmental Audit Committee which found that 527 million pieces of unused tech are being hoarded in homes all across the UK.
Currys revealed it collects around 5,500 thousand tonnes of tech a month, adding that it was hoping to surpass this via the ‘Cash For Trash’ trial this month. Currys said: “The tech collect will then be screened and recycled or repaired and rehomed, saving old tech form going to the landfill.”
Ms Lindsay Haselhurst, Chief supply chain officer at Currys said: “Currys will be accepting any tech, regardless of where it was purchased and condition of the item.” She also said: “Even if it’s broken, it might look like trash, but it isn’t to us.” “We are already helping thousands of customers recycle unwanted tech every day, but Cash For Trash aims to take it to the next level. This trial is all about making recycling easy and rewarding.” “We’re urging the nation to look in drawers, under the sofa and up in the loft-as these unused tech devices that have seen better days could be repaired, rehomed, or recycled into something new.”