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Computer and ink cartridge reuse and recycling

Find out what to do with unwanted computers, computer peripherals printers and toners and ink cartridges.

If your computer still works

You can sell it, donate it to charity, or give it away. For ideas, try the website links on the right.

We strongly recommend that you remove all personal data from the computer to prevent identity fraud. To do this, either:

  • ensure the storage disk is completely overwritten a number of times using specialist software. You can do this yourself or ask a reputable company to do it for you.
  • remove the hard disk altogether before sending your computer for recycling.

If your computer doesn't work

Take your computer to our reuse and recycling centre on Landmann Way in New Cross.

We reprocess computer parts such as monitors, motherboards, hard disk drives and keyboards in line with government legislation. We do not wipe data using software applications or methods such as magnetic wiping.

Old computers can also be taken to four libraries within the borough:

  • Crofton Park
  • Grove Park
  • New Cross
  • Sydenham

It is your responsibility to make sure any personal data is removed before recycling.

Printer toner and inkjet cartridges

Most cartridge manufacturers provide free postage bags inside new cartridge boxes, so you can send the old one back to them.

You can recycle them at stores such as Ryman and Cartridge World.

You can also recycle them from home by using online recycling websites, including some that will pay you for recycling them. Search for printer cartridge recycling online or go straight to the Recycle Aid website.