Technology recycling and disposal

Electrical and IT equipment disposal

Call 0800 061 4321 for computer equipment collection


E-waste and data destruction service

We offer a full ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) service to businesses in Bristol. As part of a Bristol City Council backed scheme, we will collect your old, working IT equipment free of charge. If your equipment meets the specified criteria it will be redistributed through the Digital Inclusion Scheme or Computers For Schools. Otherwise, equipment will be sold through the Reuse Shop or stripped and recycled.

A data destruction service will be included. At Bristol Waste we’re certified to safely and securely collect, wipe, test and re-home your IT equipment. Our data destruction management systems are fully accredited with a focus on security and protecting the environment.

Households can also recycle their waste electrical items and electric-based equipment at Avonmouth Reuse and Recycling Centre.

If you’re a business and need to remove waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and require data destruction fill in our online form or call 0800 061 4321.

Computers in the office to be reused

Business electricals disposal

To reduce the amount of E-waste entering landfill sites, Bristol Waste provides a complete and specialist IT disposition service (ITAD). We supply a free pickup for computers and electrical equipment that fit within the eligibility criteria. As a general rule, free eligibility pickup includes working IT equipment rather than waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The free pickup will include our certified free data destruction service. Your old desktop or laptop computer will be wiped, cleaned and tested before it’s given a new home within the Bristol community.

Fill in our online form here or call 0800 061 4321.

Working IT equipment eligible for FREE collection

  • Laptops and desktop computers
  • Re-usable electronics, not WEEE
  • Mobile phones and tablets
  • Servers
  • Routers, switches and networking equipment
  • Monitors
  • Printers and scanners
Reuse electrical waste in schools

Electrical product redistribution

Computers for Schools and the Digital Inclusion Scheme are Bristol City Council backed projects to redistribute working electrical IT equipment back into Bristol. Disadvantaged communities will be given free IT equipment to access online education and for personal development. Donated electrical equipment will generate new opportunities for the homeless and young families.

Second-hand computers and electrical equipment will also be sold in the Bristol Waste Reuse Shop.

Fixing computers and electrical products

Household computer waste and recycling

If you have an old laptop, we can breathe some new life into its circuit boards. Just drop your old computer off at the local recycling centres and we will give it a nice new home. You can also donate usable computer equipment through our Reuse Shop. This will be redistributed through the Digital Inclusion Scheme and Computers For Schools.

Old computers sold in the reuse shop

Donate your computer

We’re accept working computers and ones that can be fixed up and reused. Your old computer could be given back to the Bristol community to support charities and reduce digital poverty. In truth, the digital divide can reduce access to education and new opportunities.

Reuse electrical waste

Reuse old computers and electrical equipment

If your old computer is suitable to be reused, we will PAT test it, clean it down and delete all your data. We will then either donate it or sell your computer in the Reuse Shop. In addition, the money raised from the Reuse Shop goes back into running Bristol Waste and supporting local charities in the Bristol area.


Our accreditations

Why use the E-waste and data destruction service?

Electrical waste can contain toxic and hazardous substances, including mercury and lead. The UK creates around 1.45 million tonnes of electrical waste each year. In other words, the weight of one thousand Clifton Suspension Bridges! This free service is backed by Bristol City Council and will help recycle electric waste and give IT equipment back to the Bristol community.

Reusing electrical waste

Bristol Waste’s electrical and IT recycling service hopes to rehome 6000 computers within Bristol. Computers will not only be provided with a 12 month warranty  but will also be given 6 months of tech support. We want all of Bristol to be digitally included and give people the skills to navigate their new recycled computer easily. If you donate to the scheme, you can be assured your computer will be put to good use within its last years of life.

Secure destruction of confidential material

We will wipe your data for free. Bristol Waste has been awarded the ISO 27001 and BS EN 15713 certificate. The certification is provided by ISO Quality Services who conducts in-depth analysis and regularly reviews business activities.

ISO Certification

This certification provides the assurance that your data will be securely destroy and confidential information removed.

  • Ensures the destruction of data is compliant to industry standards
  • Provides a formal policy for secure data destruction
  • Enhances corporate social responsibility for safe data destruction
Fixing electrical waste to be reused

How we meet the WEEE directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive reduces electrical waste from entering the environment. This directive includes an extensive range of devices like computers and monitors. If electric waste isn’t managed properly, it can cause serious health implications for Bristol residents.


Electric circuit board

Comply with WEEE regulations

Bristol Waste helps businesses comply with the waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations 2013. UK law states that electrical office equipment needs to be removed from waste destined for landfill or incineration. As a result, we will guide you through every step of removing, wiping and recycling your electrical equipment.

Bristol Waste Company meets the very best standards. Being ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliant ensures we continually meet strong environmental and professional standards.


Book a collection

Complete the collections form or call the IT Reuse Service: 0800 061 4321

Your electrical waste questions answered

WEEE recycling is a specialist process to reuse and recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment. The implementation of the WEEE Directive introduces regularity requirements to effectively remove, treat, reuse and recycle of electrical equipment. This became law in the UK in 2014. Bristol Waste try’s to recycle, sell and donate any unwanted working electrical goods.

Businesses can call 0800 061 4321 or email and Bristol Waste will come and pickup any working desktop computer, laptop or useful electrical items for free. This is subject to certain conditions. Computers must be within 7 years old and have an I3 minimum processor.

Residents and households can take their electrical items to the local recycling depot. Small electrical items that can fit within a supermarket carrier should be put inside untied bags next to your black recycling box.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment includes products that have a plug or a battery. This includes:

  • Large appliances like fridges and microwaves
  • Small household electrical goods including hovers and kettles
  • IT equipment
  • Radios and televisions
  • Lighting
  • Electronic tools
  • Toys and sports equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Smoke detectors and monitoring equipment
  • Automatic dispensers like drinks machines

Absolutely! You can take it to your local recycling depot and we will effectively dispose of it or give it a new life. Bristol Waste will wipe all your data, give it a clean down and donate it to local charities, schools, families or sell it in the reuse shop.