Four Smart Ways to Recycle and Dispose of Old Electronics
Friday, December 28th, 2012
Did you receive a new smartphone, tablet, e-reader or laptop for the holidays? Are you looking to de-clutter your house as the New Year approaches? If the answer to either (or both) of these questions is yes, then you probably have some old electronic devices that you want to get out of the house. The problem is, where and how do you do it without sending them to the landfill?
Fortunately, there are now lots of easy ways to participate in electronic recycling programs. We’ll highlight a few of the ways here so you can get organized and simplified!
Sell Your Cell Phone through The Post Office
Yes, you read that right! The U.S. Postal Service has teamed up with a company called MaxBack to provide a quick and easy way for you to sell your old cell phones. Kiosks located in USPS locations will allow you to use your phone to get an instant quote from MaxBack on how much your phone is worth. If you decide to sell it, you can complete the transaction right at the post office and ship it out. Or, you can go to the USPS website for more details. USPS also has an inkjet recycling program you’ll want to check out.
Take It to Best Buy
Many Best Buy stores now offer in-house recycling programs for everything from TVs to DVD players. In most cases, you can drop off your device at Best Buy, regardless of where you originally purchased the item. Some larger items, such as old projection TVs, do have limitations for drop-off. Make sure you check the Best Buy website for details and restrictions.
Utilize a Local Service
There are many local e-waste recycling programs, companies and charities that will take care of your old electronics for you – but where to find them? The TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) has a great local electronics recycling search tool. You can narrow down your search by state and find recycling programs near you. Each program has its own listing that helps you understand the type of items the recycler accepts and more details about how to work with them.
Donate Your Item to Charity
While you may be done with that old television or computer, chances are that a charitable organization might have a need for what you’re purging. Goodwill, The Salvation Army, church-based charities and organizations that help our veterans are all usually willing to accept donations of electronic items – and in some cases, will pick them up right from your house!
No matter how you get rid of your devices, make sure that you clear them of all personal information before they leave your house. Consumer Reports provides some great resources on how you can protect your personal identity before disposing of your electronics. Happy recycling!
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