Tesco launches electrical appliance trade-in scheme


Apparently UK households dispose of more than 1.2 million tonnes of unwanted electrical products every year, which is enough to fill Wembley Stadium six times over.

With that in mind, Tesco is launching its first store-based electrical goods recycling service nationwide, after trialling a pilot scheme in July.

Customers will be able to bring in more than 3000 different products, including MP3 players, games consoles, sat navs, digital cameras and flatscreen TVs.

They'll be given Clubcard points or Giftcards in return.

However, larger electrical items – such as washing machines, fridges, cookers and dishwashers – are not included.

Tesco says a sat nav in good working order could be worth £50, a 32in flatscreen TV £160 and a Canon Eos camera could have a Giftcard value of £190.

All of the electrical goods will be recycled, says Tesco. High-value goods will be refurbished and sold, while spare parts and components from lower-value goods will be re-used.

Tesco electricals senior commercial manager Matt Finch says: "By being thrifty, shoppers can make money and get rid of unwanted clutter around the home."

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.