With new versions of devices coming out all the time, you may find yourself with a pile of old laptops, cell-phones or music players. However, you should NOT treat your old devices as trash because it can have a serious repercussion on the earth.
Most electronics contain materials that can damage to the earth if they are left to breakdown in landfills. These products are made of metals, plastics, and rubbers that might be useful for other items! In some states, like California, it’s illegal to dump these items into landfills.
But don’t worry, we can help you dispose of those passé devices the right way.
What to Do With Old Electronics: Reduce
You as a consumer can reduce the number of products you have to throw out. It all starts with your buying habits. Determine the right time to upgrade and have a reduce, reuse, recycle plan before you decide to buy the new item on the market. You can donate, repurpose, or recycle your old device before buying the new one.
There are a number of local and national organizations that will accept donations of used cell phones, computers, tablets, or MP3 players. You might as well put your used electronics to good use if they’re still functional, right? Check out this list of charities by Mashable that will take electronics off your hands.
What seems to be the case these days is that your device is used not old. If you know you can squeeze an extra buck out of your used device, consider getting a quote from a site like ExchangeMyPhone, NextWorth, Amazon Electronics Trade-In, or Best Buy Trade-In.
REMINDER: If you plan to donate or sell your old electronics, do make sure to completely wipe the device first.
What to Do With Old Electronics: Reuse
If your electronics are just plain old and not worth re-selling or donating, think outside the box and get creative with the old hardware! Pinterest has a ton of great ideas about how to reuse your old electronics!
What to Do With Old Electronics: Recycle
The one thing you should not do is put your electronics out to be collected with the trash. They will end up in a landfill, which means that the harmful elements contained in batteries and other electronics parts will damage the earth. There are plenty of ways to recycle electronics, including, but not limited to dropping them off at consumer electronics retailers like BestBuy, Staples, and even Apple stores. For a quick and easy search, check the EPA’s website. You can search based on what you need to recycle, and the results will tell you where you can take them. Many of these stores reuse the material in the used electronics. For example, Apple reuses tin and other materials in their electronics. You can be rest assured that these stores have the system in place to responsibly recycle old electronics.
Did we miss something? Let us know your ideas on reducing, reusing, and recycling old electronic devices in the comments!