What to do with your old cables and wires


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What to do with your old cables and wires


In these climate-conscious times, more and more of us are making lifestyle changes to lower our impact on the environment. Whether it be reducing household energy use, solar panel installations or recycling, many homeowners are opting for eco-friendly alternatives in a bid to protect the planet through sustainable living.

When it comes to recycling, electronic items are often overlooked and sent to landfill, causing e-waste to become a major environmental issue. According to the United Nations, a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2019, only 17.4% of which was collected and recycled. Based on this, the United Nations has predicted that the amount of e-waste produced will rise to 74.7 million tonnes by 2030.

This article will delve a little deeper into what e-waste is, and how you can dispose of your old cables and wires when they are no longer needed.

What is e-waste?

As the name suggests, e-waste is an umbrella term used to describe electronic equipment that is broken or no longer needed. This includes:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Mobile phones
  • Chargers
  • White goods

Electronics such as these are filled with harmful chemicals which can seriously damage the environment, as well as human health, when not disposed of properly. When taken to landfill, these items are often burned which causes toxins to be released into the air, soil and water. So, rather than disposing of your old cables and wires in your general waste where they will be taken to landfill, there are a few other options which will have a far more positive effect on the environment. 

What can I do with my old cables and wires?

scrap cable recycling


As part of their cable recycling services, metal trading companies, such as Synergy, will buy all types of scrap metal for highly competitive prices. The types of cable material companies like Synergy process includes: 

  • Household
  • Singles
  • Low Grade
  • Clean Pyro
  • PVC Pyro
  • Cat.5 Cable
  • Aluminium Cable

With a commitment to helping reduce landfill waste, experienced metal trading companies will ensure all scrap cables they receive are recycled responsibly, while you can reap the monetary benefits!


The copper and aluminium components in electrical wires and cables are highly recyclable, so rather than cramming them into your junk drawer at home, you can make much better use of them through recycling. 

The Recycle Your Electricals website allows you to find out where your nearest electrical recycling point is using their locator; simply enter your address or postcode and pick the most convenient location from the list.

Some shops, such as Currys PC World, offer free in-store recycling schemes for electronic waste, even collecting the appliances from you for a small charge. There are also some UK charities which accept electronic donations from homeowners, businesses and schools for recycling, such as WEEECharity

WEEE recycling pile


What is useless to one person can be valuable to another, so although you may no longer need your old phone, tablet or computer, chances are that someone else out there will. If your family and friends don’t take up the offer, then you can post your electronic items on websites which focus on reuse, such as freecycle.org, so people can receive free items from others in their community to help keep valuable items out of landfill.

If you are searching for cable recycling in and around the Sheffield and South Yorkshire areas, look no further than Synergy Metal Trading. With over 25 years’ experience, our mission is to transform waste resources to reduce our environmental impact. We pay top prices for all types of metals, making same-day payments based on the weight of the materials brought to us. Simply contact us or visit our depot today.

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