The UK’s first website to offer cash for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has launched today (16 August).
WEEEbuy.co.uk offers customers instant valuations. The main items it trades in are laptops, MP3 players, games consoles, mobiles, digital cameras and satellite navigation systems. But the site will also accept hair straighteners, power tools, vacuum cleaners and white goods.
Website co-founder Chris Rogerson said: “Everyone knows about websites that give you cash for your mobile phones, but we have taken it one step further with WEEEbuy. It allows people to cash in on WEEE lying around their house and they can recycle it all in one go.
“We have set up the website to allow people to recycle their electronics, but it is also about educating people about WEEE, so that is why it is in the name and it also explains what WEEE is on the website.”
Rogerson told MRW that valuations depend on the age and condition of the electrical item but also the manufacturer. A laptop which is in good condition could have a maximum value of £110 but an Apple Macbook Pro could earn £400. Mobile phones can pay out at a maximum of £300, while MP3 players, games consoles and sat-navs will be worth a maximum of £25-£30.
The website has teamed up with the Woodland Trust, donating 25p for each recycled item.