Treadmills Recycling and More!

Recycling Exercise Equipment

Workouts from the comfort of home are great, they get you the exercise you need, and save you time travelling to and from the gym as well as the membership fee. Treadmills, rowing machines and exercise bikes also record the amount of energy you use and the time it takes to complete your workout.

Treadmill Exercise Equipment

As with many electrical and electronic items treadmills and other types of electronic gym equipment, do wear out or get damaged after years of usage. Sometimes old equipment just ends up taking up space that is needed for a new or different priority.

Old or unused exercise equipment like a treadmill, steppers and exercise bikes really should be recycled if no longer in use. Removing these items from homes, apartments and even offices frees up valuable space, especially when the exercise equipment is no longer needed.

Exercise Equipment

There are a number of options to consider including reuse, resale or recycling!

Many people are looking for second-hand treadmills to buy. New models are costly and people might only be starting out on a home exercise plan. Instead of allowing your old treadmill to become out of date why not sell it at an affordable price.

Recycling Treadmills

Consider reuse by donating your old treadmill, exercise bike or stepper to a friend, a local community group or a charity. Remember any exercise equipment for reuse or donation should be in good condition and fully operational.

Ask a local gym to place a notice on the gym notice board or online asking if a member might be interested in taking your treadmill either free or for a small fee. Again the equipment should be in good condition and fully operational before handing it over for reuse.

Treadmill for Recycling at Recycle IT

Before making your final decision, try asking work colleagues, family members, or neighbours, whether they would use your treadmill. Someone in your network may be interested in your old exercise equipment.

Recycling Gym Equipment

If these options don’t work, you can always safely recycle your old metal gym equipment, treadmills, steppers, or any electrical or metal home exercise equipment. Recycle IT accepts dozens of treadmills and bikes each year for safe recycling, some are damaged, parts are missing or their owners are moving house or apartment and can’t take a treadmill or other types of exercise equipment along.

No matter why you wish to dispose of old or unused items recycling is worthwhile. The metal, plastic and electronic components will be dismantled, separated and broken down for future reuse in new products.

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Encourage Recycling

Recycle IT want to inspire all users of electrical items to safely recycle their unwanted, damaged, broken or outdated equipment. Recycle IT offer pre-arranged resident collections, cost-effective personal collections and free drop-off Monday – Friday for households from across the Dublin region and surrounding areas. We like to see an increase in the amount of equipment received for safe recycling rather than an accumulation at home

Please don’t horde items in the hope of future repair for reuse. You should get them repaired quickly and if not recycle them!

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing a community, personal and business collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Dublin and surrounding counties.

During 2019 Recycle IT offered to drop off and collection services to tens of thousands of homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and screens

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal, Dormant Accounts, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

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Office Copier and Printer Recycling


The global printer and copier market was valued at USD 10.9 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at an annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.4% from 2021 to 2028 with the Asia Pacific region predicted as the biggest purchaser.

A growing number of people working from home and rising disposable income are the principal reasons for increased demand for printers & copiers across the globe.

Some History

The photocopier has come a long way since the first model’s produced in the early 20th century with models found in homes and offices across the world!

In 1937 Chester Carlson, a patent attorney in New York invented a process called electrophotography. In 1938, this was renamed Xerography and the first known photocopied document was the “10-22-38 Astoria”.

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The Xerography copying process went on to become one of the most well-known inventions of the 20th century and it’s estimated that Carlson gave away almost $100 million to charity and foundations before his death in 1968. Well done Chester.


In 1955, Haloid – by then Haloid Xerox – produced Copyflo, the first automated xerographic machine and many other companies followed Xerox into the market over the next 50 years.

Companies that manufacture photocopier cartridges and printers began offering recycling services in the early 1990s. Over the years many businesses developed photocopiers and cartridge recycling services as part of their customer sales, returning an environmental policy.  It may take decades to figure out if these policies are good for the environment, but one thing we can say is it’s best to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Over the years photocopiers have developed into a computer with scanners and printers attached. As with other computers and servers, photocopies have a hard disk drive. This hard drive allows scans of documents and images to be stored on that drive.

As photocopiers and printers are replaced or upgraded the older model which has been in your office for years may have a hard disk drive filled with pages that have been copied over those years. Some of those pages will contain all sorts of business and personal information.

Think about what you or your office colleagues might have copied – bank account details, birth certificates, passports, tax forms – As old photocopiers are replaced think about any potential risks which the disposal of the old machine might create for your business and staff.

Desktop Printer


Today technology for printing and copying comes in a variety of sizes, from lightweight and budget-friendly printers to larger standalone multifunction machines. Printers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines are among the most common office equipment in work environments that need to be recycled.

When you dispose of your printer, please do so responsibly, to ensure no toxic materials or e-waste go’s to landfills or is dumped in a remote location.

If you need to safely and cost-effectively recycle copier and printing equipment please call 01 4578321 or email Recycle IT.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop-off service for all types of waste electrical, electronic and metal items. Recycle IT offer drop-off and collection services to both homes and organizations in Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of printers and we can help recycle yours!

Our electrical community collection service is provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

To speak with Recycle IT please call 01 4578321 or email us here

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Printer / Copier /Scanner

Free Resident’s Electrical Recycling Collections

Open for Enquiries

As National Spring Clean ends Recycle IT want to, encourage residents groups, tidy town groups, householders, families, and friends to act and recycle any old, unwanted or unused electrical stuff from around the house. This includes kettles, cookers, TVs, washing machines, games consoles, batteries, phones, computers, metals, and electronic toys; the list really is endless.

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Recycle IT work in partnership with Residents Groups across Dublin. Our teams can collect all types of household and small office waste electrical, electronic and pure metal equipment from residents. The collection is door to door, free and our teams collect weekly Monday to Friday.

Presenting Your Recycling for Collection

Once local residents know a collection is scheduled people can easily assemble old electrical, electronic and metal equipment and have it out and ready and out for collection by 9am on collection day. If people need help please do lend a hand to get their items out for colleciton or let our team know in advance?

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Items for collection can be placed at the front of your home within reach of the pavement (e.g., in your drive) but not on the pavement so as to block access.

Your electrical waste should not be placed in refuse sacks or covered. Please ensure electrical and metal waste items are easily accessible. If items are hidden behind a locked gate or a parked car, we may not be able to see or collect your items. Our teams will accept electrical and metal waste at no cost once used in your home or small office.

You can click here for a list of items collected (PDF Files for electrical and metal items)

Mixed Electrical Appliances for Recycling – Recycle IT

In the case of unforeseen circumstances such as poor weather conditions, vehicle breakdowns, roadworks or other incidents, we may be delayed, but we will do our best to keep groups updated and we will work to catch up throughout the day.

On request, we can enter homes at the ground floor level only. Residents should remain at a safe distance from our team. It is preferable if items for recycling are outside

Working Together

Our authorised WEEE collections are offered in association with Residents’ Associations. Each group helps by providing details on the number of homes in the area, names of roads, and promotion of the event to householders through social media, email, leaflets newsletter etc. Recycle IT can provide further information on request.

Please note: Today our resident collections are provided free of charge to Residents’ Associations in South Dublin, Dublin City and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Old Washing Machine for Recycling

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT an award-winning community recycler wishes to build on Ireland’s recycling success story and help increase the 10.9 KG of waste electrical and electronic equipment collected yearly per inhabitant in Ireland. (recorded in 2017)

We are inviting resident associations and community groups including tidy towns to speak with us about arranging a FREE collection in your area over the coming months.

Our team will accept old household electrical items, and office electrical items alongside your garden power tools and pure metal equipment. We can also accept commercial appliances but do call in advance.

Recycle IT as a social enterprise works in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office. Recycle IT are an active member of Community Resources Network Ireland (CRNI).

To learn more about recycling electrical equipment please call Recycle IT at 01 4578321, email us or visit

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Real Computer Recycling

It can be achieved!

The reality is nearly everything in a computer can be recycled. With our recycling initiative, we try to promote reuse first, but most of the computers, laptops servers and communication equipment we deal with are years out of date and beyond repair and reuse. Many have had parts removed or damaged on arrival but they all can be recycled.

Laptops for Recycling

How a standard PC can be recycled:

Keyboards, mice, and other computer accessories are usually made of plastic and are recyclable. The plastic goes through a shredding process and is then sold on the commodities market as mixed plastic scrap.

Some recyclers use optical sorters that create a very clean stream of plastic, with minimal metal contamination. Usually, the plastic is further purified and compounded with virgin plastics and pelletized. This pelletized resin can then be used as a recycled-content plastic.

For example, Recycle IT operates in a supply chain where plastic is processed for reused – to make new parts – a process that has a smaller carbon footprint, lighter environmental footprint and can deliver a cost saving over manufacturing from new materials.

Computer and Laptops

Chassis/Base – these materials are primarily made of metal (PC Chassis) or what’s known as PC/ABS plastics, which are recyclable. Some laptops also feature carbon fibre mixed with polycarbonate plastics to keep the base cool to the touch. This material is not currently widely recycled, but it can be used in waste-to-energy processes.

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), processors, and memory – these are made of multiple types of plastics, fibreglass and precious metals that can be recycled. Scrap copper, precious metals like gold, and some other non-ferrous metals are commonly recovered from computer circuit boards and other components.

Personal Computer System Boards

Once these materials have been sorted out they go through more specialized processes, e.g., circuit boards first into copper recovery, followed by specialized refining of the residues to recover other metals. These processes are usually accomplished through smelting or sometimes through hydro-metallurgical processing via acids or cyanide compounds in order to recover gold and other precious metals.

Batteries – when computers and laptops come into our facilities, the battery is removed from the system manually. Once removed, batteries are separated, packaged safely, and sent for recycling.  Once they reach their destination, the plastic casing is manually separated while the rest of the material is refined through a thermochemical process at high temperatures to separate various materials). The result is a metal alloy and a stony waste material separated from metals during the smelting: the metal alloys are further treated to recover cobalt, nickel, copper, and iron; lithium is typically concentrated in the stony waste material and is often recovered.

Computer cables

Cables – wire and cable that is not damaged can be reused directly. The high-grade copper can also be recovered by manually removing insulation with simple tools or by chopping wire into small pieces. After arriving at a specialised facility they undergo a hydrological process in which the small pieces of insulation float while the copper sinks. Unfortunately, the plastic insulation from the wire-chopping process is very hard to recycle and is usually sent to a waste-to-energy facility.

Screens – many manufacturers have stopped using mercury and arsenic in flat panel monitors making it easier to recycle display panels at their end-of-life. The recycling approach for LCD panels involves the separation of the glass substrate, polarizer foils, and the elements indium and copper into individual outputs. This process is carried out in Ireland, and we are delighted to be able to supply screens for safe recycling,

IT Equipment

Fans – made of plastics and metals, which can be separated and recycled.

Other parts – there are other things that go into your computer, like screws, springs, small plastic parts, etc. and they are generally made from the materials above, making them mostly recyclable. They typically make up only a small portion of the overall product.

Packaging – As part of recycling we receive a lot of corrugated cardboard, as well as other materials like plastic bags and creates. We try to reuse these items; we bale cardboard for reuse but some of the materials can’t be reused at present and are sent for heat recovery through incineration.

In support of Recycle IT – please recycle old, unused electronics. It helps the environment with reuse, reduces the mining of new raw materials and creates training and employment for people returning to work after an absence.

About Recycle IT 

Recycle IT, is a social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling services through drop-off and collection. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and South Dublin County Council. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

For more information on Recycle IT please call 01 4578321, email or visit our website

Click here to learn more about recycling metal with Recycle IT.

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Recycle IT is Part Funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund

Office Recycling with Recycle IT

Recycling Electronic Equipment Safely

Recycle IT specialises in safe electronic collections and recycling in compliance with the WEEE directive. Whatever your electronic, electrical or pure metal disposal needs, our teams can help you with safe convenient disposal. We follow the principles of, reduce, reuse, recovery and recycle.

Recycle IT – Recycling Cables

At Recycle IT you will find a team that is dedicated, socially driven and environmentally sensible. Our social enterprise specializes in compliant and permitted WEEE recycling and IT disposal, we can be seen daily collecting electronic, electrical and pure metal waste from a range of organizations and properties across Dublin and surrounding areas. Our work helps create real and valuable training and employment opportunities.

The removal of electronic waste comes with many stipulations and guidelines, with which we fully comply. For further details click here


At short notice and within 3 to 6 working days our vehicles equipped with a friendly and reactive team, are available to carry out the collection and recycling of a variety of electronic equipment in our specialist WEEE recycling facility.

All your old equipment will be safely disposed of. If you have a particular requirement just let us know in advance. We can collect from easily accessible locations within your facility and take up a minimum of your time.

We can collect free in Dublin from schools, colleges, training organisations, community groups, and charities.

WEEE for Recycling

Waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling includes:

  • Computer recycling, including safe breakdown & disposal.
  • Server & Network equipment recycling.
  • TV/Monitor recycling & disposal.
  • Physical destruction of Hard Drives or sensitive equipment.
  • Laptop and printer recycling & disposal.
  • White goods recycling.
  • Audio goods recycling.
  • Testing and monitoring equipment.
  • Games consoles and electronic toys.

Businesses large and small can save time and hassle by engaging a professional cost-effective reliable recycling service to collect your waste items for safe recycling. This year we have recycled for legal, accounting, bookkeeping, engineering, management, IT, construction and digital marketing services across Dublin.

We offer small businesses the opportunity to drop off free during the year. Keep an eye out for the dates!

Compliant with the Legislation

On removal of WEEE from your organization, Recycle IT will provide you with documentation including a docket acknowledging the collection. Once the equipment leaves your premises you can be sure it will be dealt with responsibly. If your business needs additional documents for audit or environmental reporting please let us know and we will endeavour to help.

Recycle IT – Mixed WEEE Collection

All of our recycling work is carried out in accordance with legislation. Recycle IT is audited at regular intervals. WEEE recycling is carried out as outlined in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. You can read more at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website here.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing recycling collection and drop-off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Dormant Accounts Fund, Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

For further details about our free and cost-effective services call us on 01 4578321, email or visit the Recycle IT website at 

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