How to: recycling electronics
Consumer electronics have different “life spans” – for example, a smart phone is 18 months, while a television is 10-plus years.
If your tech product is still in good condition, you should consider reselling or donating it to your local school, retirement home and/or community center. You might be surprised how valuable your “old” device is to someone else.
Another option is recycling (“eCycling”). GreenerGadgets.org has a ZIP code search tool to help you find a recycling location near you. Here’s a list of several eCycling programs:
∎ Panasonic offers a plan for recycling of Toughbook mobile computers that have reached the end of their life-cycle. The process works the same for all customers and is free of charge.
∎ Digital Links has distributed over 50,000 reused computers to the developing world and provided access to technology for more than 125,000 individuals.
∎ Close the Gap makes reused and refurbished computers available to underprivileged individuals in developing countries.
∎ Staples offers cash for printer cartridges and, in partnership with HP, provides free electronics recycling for all brands of office electronics (excludes TVs) at stores across the United States.
∎ Recyclebank offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.
∎ e-Cycle purchases mobile phones and tablets for reuse and recycling.
∎ Gazelle.com has paid out $25 million for consumer electronics.
∎ Amazon.com offers gift cards through its electronics trade-in program.
∎ Best Buy offers a cash mail-in or in store trade-in program.