High street retailer Argos has launched a new initiative that allows UK consumers to trade in their unwanted technology items in exchange for a voucher to spend in store.

All 788 Argos shops across the UK can provide a quote for people's gadgets and immediate redemption, giving shoppers a speedier alternative to online trade-in services such as Music Magpie and Mazuma Mobile – although consumers are restricted to spending their money with just one retailer.

Initially the service will solely be for mobile phones and tablets, which will then be refurbished in the UK and re-sold. Argos has worked with eco-friendly organisation Wrap to bring the initiative to market, which is hoped will reduce the number of electrical items finding their way into landfill.

Amy Whidburn, head of corporate responsibility at Argos, said: "As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices.

"Our new scheme in conjunction with WRAP offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately. Depending on the response from customers, we may extend the scheme to include other electrical items in the future, such as camera, sat-navs or laptops."

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