27 July 2021

Where to throw away old chargers

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Whether it’s time to upgrade your mobile phone, getting a new, larger TV or swapping your broadband to another provider, many people are often left wondering how to dispose of broken chargers and what to do with old adapters and cables.

As the UK’s largest and Trustpilot’s most-reviewed rubbish removal company, Clearabee’s waste clearance services can quickly and conveniently remove any amount of old or broken phone and laptop chargers as well as adapters, HDMI cables, camera battery chargers and the like.

If you want to jump ahead to your quick and convenient collection, then book your clearance here or get in touch with Clearabee for a quote. Otherwise, let’s take a look at the issues…


Chargers, cables and adapters

It’s nothing new to want to hold on to your old electrical equipment such as those listed above; most people do it with the best intentions and are hoping that they’ll one day need to use them again. This is certainly an admirable trait that has stopped many items from being sent to landfill in the past. However, there have been significant advances in recycling processes which mean that many of these items can be stripped down and reused with relative ease.

All of this means that the box under the cupboard that is full of phone chargers, USB cables and redundant scart leads may actually not need to wait for a rainy day; you could put them to good use by recycling them whilst also clearing up some much-needed space for yourself.

It goes without saying that these electrical items cannot be thrown away alongside your general household waste, but arranging a special collection can often seem like a luxury and not the best use of your money. Which is why they end up sitting in a box for an indeterminable number of years. However, with so many of us using so many different devices these days, it makes more sense to organise a collection and get rid of a whole other bunch of items whilst you’re at it.


How to dispose of broken chargers

The cost effectiveness of these collections is a valid concern and with most rubbish or waste collections, it’s best to build up a bulk of items that you want removing to get the most for your money. Clearabee’s waste collections, for example, cost £89.99 to remove a cubic yard of waste quickly and conveniently from your property. Obviously, this isn’t cost effective if you only want to dispose of a few old phone chargers, but when you start really looking in your cupboards and drawers, you’ll no doubt be surprised at the things that are cluttering up your house.

Picturing the average household in the UK, it seems safe to assume that each may have any or all of the following lying around unused:


Digital cameras

Electronic photo frames

DVD players

Old games consoles


PC towers and monitors

Electric toothbrushes

TV recording boxes


Mobile phones


Sat Navs

Mp3 players

Electronic kitchen scales

Blenders and juicers


There are, of course, plenty more such items and it also stands to reason that each of the above items has a lead, a charger or an adapter or two associated with it. Take into account headphones, Fit Bits and children’s electronic handheld games and you’ll soon have close to a cubic yard which needs removing, if not that little bit more.

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What to do with old chargers and cables

Your best bet for getting rid of old chargers and cables is to find a sturdy cardboard box (or two) and work through your house from room to room (not forgetting your garage, loft and shed). Fill the box with the bulky items such as DVD players and HD boxes and build the box up to the top. If the box becomes heavy, make sure that you follow manual handling techniques so as not to risk personal injury.

Take particular care if you are removing large, flatscreen TVs and get help from a friend or neighbour if there is any doubt about managing it yourself. Having said that, Clearabee’s waste clearance professionals will happily enter your property and remove items from the upstairs or downstairs, as long as it is safe to do so. So perhaps that flatscreen can stay where it is until our team arrives? Either way, we can do the heavy lifting for you.

Alternatively, you could leave your box of electrical items on your doorstep or at the edge of your property and you needn’t be in when we make the collection. We’ll send you an SMS when we’re on our way to your property and you’ll receive a tracking link so you can keep up to date with our progress. We’ll also take before and after photos so you’ll know that your area has been left clean and tidy.

Clearabee ensures that at least 95% of all that we collect is diverted from landfill so you can be confident that you’re doing your bit for the planet as well as decluttering your property. We’ll also issue you with a digital Waste Transfer Note which will form a record of what waste has been collected from your property and the vehicle which has collected it. The note will also let you know which local Waste Transfer Station your items have been taken to and it will confirm the landfill diversion rate. All in all, if you’re looking to get rid of your old electrical items, then you can have complete confidence in Clearabee.

Now that you know where to throw away your old chargers, book your collection here or contact Clearabee and we’ll give you a buzz back.

If you’re interested in removing and getting rid of bigger pieces of eletrical waste, we’ve create a couple of useful guides:


Removing rubbish. It’s what we do.

All information quoted in this article is correct at the time of publishing.

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