Virgin Media O2 pays gamers for old consoles

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Gamers can now earn cash rewards for recycling unused consoles, under an initiative from Virgin Media O2.

The company expanded its O2 Recycle scheme to include PlayStation, Xbox, Oculus and Nintendo systems.

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It means Brits can send unwanted gaming tech in for free and receive up to £283 per console.

The e-waste initiative also accepts MacBooks, smart phones, tablets, wearables and earbuds.

Devices will be repaired and either refurbished and resold or recycled – with nothing going to landfill.

Research has shown that four in five gamers are holding on to old consoles despite having no plans to use them. This amounts to about 18 million electronic items gathering dust around the UK.

Since its launch in 2009, O2 Recycle has recycled almost 4 million devices and paid out £341 million to consumers.

Dana Haidan, chief sustainability officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “We’ve powered up O2 Recycle to cover consoles and MacBooks, making it even easier for people to trade in their unwanted tech for cash and to protect the planet by saving their device from landfill.”