5 Easy Ways To Recycle Your Old Gadgets

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Nowadays, we face a dilemma between our greed for electronics and our need to protect the Earth.  On one hand, we have to possess the latest in information and communication technology in order to be part of the goings-on in the world.  On the other hand, we have to throw away the obsolete consumer electronics we possess and, hence, become part of the destruction of the world.

So, what should you, a budding environmentalist, to do?  Well, you can recycle your old gadgets, of course!  And doing so is so easy that you can teach others to do the same, thus, perpetuating the good cycle of environmental conservation.  And did we mention that you can also earn money from recycling your old gadgets?

– Resell for Money

No matter how obsolete your old gadget is, at least where you are concerned, somebody somewhere will be more than willing to take it off your hands for a good price.  For example, you can hold a garage sale for your old gadgets in your yard, sell them on online auction sites like eBay, advertise them in your community and even dispose of them through a thrift shop.

You can actually take back a fraction of its purchase price when you re-sell it, which you can then add to your budget for the new gadget.  Of course, you must be very careful to remove all signs of personal information like bank information for your own safety and security.

– Donate to a Worthy Cause

If you are averse to selling your old stuff, you can always donate it to a worthy cause.  With many poor institutions and people in this country, you ought to find somebody who will be very glad to make use of your electronic cast-offs.  For example, maybe you have a relative who cannot afford your old computer, you can give it.  Or a school needs donated computers for lack of funds, donate your gadgets.  In this recession, you will find somebody somewhere who will appreciate something that’s for free.

– Check with the Manufacturer

Some manufacturers will accept old units for recycling of re-usable parts and for proper disposal of the rest.  Or you can trade-in your old gadget for a newer model, if the policies allow.  Beware though as some manufacturers accepting old units for recycling might have malicious intent behind their programs.  Doing a little research on the company’s environmental record is a good first step in determining whether you should recycle with them or not.

– Ask Local Authorities

Your local government officials should be able to point the way to government and private recycling facilities near you.  This way, you can save on transportation costs while saving the environment from the harm inflicted by your improperly disposed gadget.

– Browse Through the Internet

The Internet is a rich source of recycling organizations that will recycle your old units for you.  Often, you just need to ship it to them and let them take care of the rest.  And if you are lucky, you may even save on shipping and handling costs as some recyclers send vouchers and/or stamps for this purpose.  Look up FreeMesa, FreeCycle and Recycle It America, to name a few.

In conclusion, recycling old consumer electronics is a very noble endeavor indeed, one that we should all take part in now.

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  1. Fred says:

    I used to resell my old gadgets on ebay it’s a good place ever, you will find a person somewhere in the world that need your stuff. By the way you can make some money reselling your stuff. It’s a good way to recycle your gadgets.

  2. claudita says:

    searching for a guide for recycle my old gadgets i find this post. i prefer from the list to donate my gadgets to people out of fund or good cause institutions, i think that this good people will be very happy. thanks guys… i subscribe to your newsletter see ya!!

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