So your computer has slowed down to a snail’s pace; what do you do next? Shockingly, 62% of British citizens who got rid of their old machine failed to either recycle or repair their computer.

In the last five years, more than a fifth (21%) had thrown away at least one working computer in favour of a newer model, according to new research from Crucial.

This means that more than 13.87m computers have been binned in the last five years by Brits.

Why Bin It?

Out of all those questioned, 45% of those that binned their PCs did so because it had slowed down, a third said it took too long to turn on and 29% said that their computer kept freezing.

Just 18% of those who upgraded, gave their old computer to someone else, whilst 14% recycled it and 6% either repaired or upgraded their current machine.


E-waste, such as computer hardware, has become one of the leading contributors to landfill waste in the UK.

The population’s reluctance to recycle could be due to a number of things, but we imagine it’s primarily due to the convenience of simply throwing things away as opposed to seeking out someone to recycle the machine.

If you have old and unused computer hardware in your home or office, regardless of whether it is in working order and you are looking to dispose of it then call our office on 0161 777 1000 to discuss recycling your old I.T.

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