What can I do with my old games console?

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
8 Dec 2021

Just under a million new gaming consoles are bought every year in the UK. This means many of the previous generations of console will unfortunately become unused and discarded along with some of the games you bought for them.

Here are our top tips on what to do with your old gaming system:

Playstation 5 (PS5) controller playing game on TV.

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Sell it

You won’t make millions doing this but you can still get a bit of money from selling your console on places like eBay, Gumtree and Facebook market place. You can even take them into some gaming and electronic stores to sell straight away.


Donate it

Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from having it? Why not pass it onto them.

You could also donate it to charity or to your local charity shop.

Get Well Gamers UK is a charity that takes donated video games and consoles and passes them onto hospitals, hospices and other healthcare settings to provide entertainment for young people during long stays. 


Recycle It

Non-working consoles can be recycled at House Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) with other electronics.

Check for your nearest electronic recycling point here



Before you have a clear out of old games and give them away, sell them or donate them to charity check out if they are compatible with your new console.  With backwards compatibility at a high you may find that the games you love play just fine on your new console even if, on some, you have to start from the beginning again.


Top tip

When buying new games for your consoles, try and buy the digital copies instead of the physical ones. This is an easy way of reducing waste while saving you space and sometimes can save you money.



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