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Tech Takeback

10 January 2020 Guildhall North Wing

11 January 2020 St Giles Cripplegate Church

The City of London Corporation Recycling Team are hosting a Tech Takeback in partnership with Sonecs, Erase my Data and Freegle… and you are invited!

In brief, a Tech Takeback is an event for residents and workers in the Square Mile to bring tech gadgets they no longer want. The data will be securely erased and the item will go off for reuse or recycling.

Residents need to bring proof of address, workers need to bring proof of their workplace (i.e. a work ID card)

You can only bring your own personal tech items from home, not from your workplace.

Tech accepted:

  • PCs
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Hard drives
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Memory cards
  • USBs and USB connected devices
  • Mobile phones
  • Smart phones
  • Games consoles
  • Digital cameras
  • Sat Navs
  • Cables

Give and take days

These events are an opportunity for City residents having a clear-out, to make sure unwanted items are reused, recycled or disposed of responsibly whilst also supporting the local community.


11 January

St Giles Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA

7 March

Green Box, Portsoken Health and Community Centre, Mansell Street Estate, Mansell Street

18 July

St Giles Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA

Drop off

Between 10am-12noon

Pick up

  • City residents* 1pm-3pm
  • Non-City residents 2pm-3pm

*City residents, please bring proof of address.

You can bring

  • kitchenware and bric-a-brac
  • soft furnishings like cushions and curtains
  • clothing, shoes and accessories
  • toys and unwanted gifts
  • books, DVDs, CDs and videos
  • kettles and toasters
  • cameras, phones, printers, screens and computer monitors
  • hair dryers, hoovers, radios and CD players

You can recycle

Batteries, low energy light bulbs and printer cartridges.

We do not collect or accept

Cooking oil, car seats, helmets or any other safety equipment for reuse.

What happens to non-collected items?

Anything that isn't taken will be given to charities or posted on Freecycle where unwanted items are given away for free. Small electrical items brought along that do not work will be recycled.