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Recycle your electronics!

Posted: 07 March 2019

Do you have any broken devices?

We want to recycle your broken tech during Build and Break sessions at the National Museum of Scotland, as part of this year’s Festival between Saturday 6 April and Sunday 21 April.

Build and Break is a free, drop-in activity for people of all ages to enjoy. Unlock your creative spirit in BUILD IT and build magical, massive structures with super-sized construction blocks then head over to BREAK IT to our pile of discarded electronics with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers to investigate the inner workings of common technology. Tonnes of old electronic items end up in landfills every year but many component parts could be repurposed. We want to show you, through the process of dismantling old pieces of technology, what everyday items are made of and which parts we can be reused even when it seems like the item is broken.

What we need:

Games consoles


CD, DVD or VHS players

Electric alarm clocks

Digital cameras

Landline phones

Wifi and broadband routers



Dropping off your goods:

You can drop off your items at our office in Leith - Harbourside House, 110 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6NF

From Sunday 15 to Friday 19 April between 10am and 4pm

To arrange collection:

If you are unable to drop off your items at our office or have a large quantity you would like to donate, we can come and collect.

To arrange this, please contact Leigh Ward, Production Officer, or call our team at 0131 553 0320