TechRadar: 10 useful things to do with an old laptop

Freecycle is a grassroots movement for passing on unwanted items to those that have a need for them. The aim is to try to keep useful things out of landfill sites and to give these ‘pre-loved’ items a new home.

There are nearly 500 FreeCycle groups spread across the UK, with a total of over 1.7 million members – see www.uk.freecycle.org.

To pass your old machine on to a new owner using FreeCycle, go to the website and search for a local group. Each one uses a Yahoo Group to organise exchanges, and some carry many hundreds of messages per month. With this amount of traffic, you’re sure to find someone who needs your old stuff more than you do.

Make sure you format the hard disk before passing it on, of course – while keeping old tech alive is a noble pursuit, there’s no point potentially giving away your personal information.

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