Old gadgets gathering dust? How to easily sell, trade-in and dispose of your old tech properly


As every gadget lover knows, most gadgets don’t last forever. They get old, slow down with every update or some just break down completely. As gadget lovers, we also know that just throwing them away into the normal trash is dangerous for the environment, but you either don’t know how to dispose of it properly or just don’t have the time to find out. 

We understand completely, and so we’ve made a fast and simple guide with handy tips on how to sell, trade-in and dispose of your old gadgets properly. In some cases, you can even get PAID for them, so do read on to find out more.


How to sell / trade-in

While you can use popular online marketplaces or platforms for free like Shopee, carousell and Lazada to sell your old gadgets yourself, shipping and dealing with buyers can get irritating. We’d recommend you deal with the e-waste specialists below:

ERTH ~ Awarded Top Authorized Collection Center by Malaysia’s own Department of Environment, ERTH or Electronic Recycling Through Heroes offers FREE pickups for 1 working gadget or 3 non-working gadgets.


This includes smartphones, tablets, printers, monitors, laptops, desktops and more but for bigger bulky e-waste like refrigerators there may be an RM50 surcharge. Rest assured, ERTH will pay you for your e-waste or you can choose to donate them while they take care of the e-waste recycling.


CeX / webuy.com ~ While you’ll have to drop by their locations at IOI City Mall or MyTOWN Shopping Centre, CeX are used gaming specialists and are more than willing to buy or trade-in your used game consoles and games for either cash or shop credit. They also have a good range of gaming stock and used electronics you can use that shop credit with.


They also accept smartphones, tablets, printers, monitors, laptops, desktops, TWS, audio equipment and more. You will have to make a CeX membership though, but it’s not that big an issue.


CompAsia ~ CompAsia focuses more on old but still usable mobile devices but also does pickups from your home and will pay you for them in both cash or CompAsia vouchers. While they deal in both iOS and Android devices, you will be required to download their app and run it on your device first before you call in, or you’ll have to contact their customer service. They’ve also got a whole bunch of old but still gold gadgets you can trade-in or buy.



How to throw away e-waste properly:

SenHeng ~ If you just want to get rid of your old gadget properly, you can go to any participating SenHeng and have them take care of your gadget for you. If it has value, they’ll provide you with free SenHeng vouchers.

Department of Environment ~ Malaysia’s own Department of Environment offers a list and map of all the licensed e-waste collectors in Malaysia, which you can check on their site. If there’s one closeby to your place, you can then drop it off or get contact information. 



Bonus: Clear your data first

Our gadgets could contain important information about us like our bank account numbers, passwords or credit card credentials, so if you can turn on your gadget, always make sure to clear your data first before arranging for any of the e-waste recyclers above. If there’s important data you can’t find anywhere else, you should also backup that data before you lose it forever.

Once you’ve done that, here’s how to do a data clear via factory reset:

  • Android ~ Settings > General management > Reset > Factory data reset
  • iOS ~ Settings > General > Reset
  • Windows 11 ~ Start > Settings > System > Recovery > Reset this PC

Warning! Doing a factory reset will clear your gadget of all data!! However, if your gadget is not working anymore, you can also get the recycler to do a data destruction just to make sure. Some will require payment, while others will do it for free.

We hope that these suggestions will help you to easily sell, trade-in or get rid of your e-waste properly and responsibly but if you need a bit more info on the e-waste situation, do check out the video below from CNA Insider. Did we miss anything you'd recommend? Share your suggestions and experiences in the comments below and stay tuned to TechNave.com for more articles like this.