Thanks to the age of planned obsolescence, just about everyone has at least a few unwanted electronic relics taking up space in their homes. Whether it’s an old flip phone tucked away in a drawer, or a small museum of old computer towers and CRT monitors in the basement, you probably don’t have to look far to find the stray electronics of yesteryear in your home. Unfortunately, many of these electronics contain toxic components that can be harmful to the environment if disposed of improperly. Throwing out some pieces of old tech – hard drives, for example – can also constitute a personal security risk. Fortunately, there are a number of recycling options available that allow consumers to safely and responsibly get rid of old electronics. Today, we’ll look at a few of your options.
Retailer Drop-Off Programs
A number of electronic retailers such as Best Buy and Staples offer in-store drop-off programs that allow consumers to recycle items such as old cell phones, batteries and empty print cartridges. In some cases, you can even have larger items such as TVs picked up at your home for a small fee. If you’re in the market for new electronics, why not just drop off your old electronics at the retailer and kill two birds with one stone?
Manufacturer Recycling Programs
Did you know that you can mail just about any brand of computer to Apple to have it recycled for free? Furthermore, if the item has any remaining monetary value, you may even receive store credit to use on new Apple products. Dell maintains a similar program that allows consumers to drop off their old electronics at participating GoodWill centers. This option can earn you a small tax rebate as well – just be sure to get a receipt for the transaction. Other manufacturers such as Canon, Sony, and Samsung have similar recycling programs as well. Do a little research and find the one that best suits your needs!
Donations to Nonprofits
If your electronics are still functional, there are plenty of charitable organizations that would be happy to take them off your hands for you. In some cases these electronics will be donated to people in need, and in others the components will be sold to raise money for charitable endeavors. To begin with, check out an organization such as Recycling for Charities or Free Geek.
Did you know that Whitebox Service is an NYSEDC certified electronics drop-off center? Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you to unload your old electronics and preserve the environment for the future.