In today’s digital age, it’s inevitable that someone’s eventually going to have to replace old tech with new, just as it’s inevitable that, eventually, they’re going to need to figure out what to do with that old tech. In lieu of simply throwing in the trash, why not think about recycling it? There’s a number of ways to dispose of hardware you don’t want anymore, and most don’t even involve a trash compactor.
Got an old computer or gaming console you don’t want? See if there’s a school, or doctor’s office, or dentists office, or library that wants it. While you certainly could look into donating it to a thrift store, I’d do a bit of fact checking first- while many thrift stores recycle e-waste, many more simply toss stuff they’re unable to sell in the trash. Goodwill’s one store I know 0f that will first try to sell the electronics, and then, if they can’t do that, send it off to be processed and recycled.
Of course, you could just skip the middleman, too.
Take it to be Recycled
Likely as not there’s plenty of e-waste recycling services in your city. Organizations like Ecycling solutions have made a business out of helping people to recycle their waste in a safe, efficient, and secure fashion. Do a bit of research, and see if there are any such organizations in your area. Some recycling depots even include e-waste sections now, to boot.
You’ll need to do a bit of legwork, either way, though- it’s not as easy as just tossing your stuff in the trash.
Post a Personal Ad
You’d be surprised how many people look around on sites like Kijiji or Craigslist for old, free electronics. If you post an ad saying you’ve got hardware you’re looking to get rid of – and that money is no object- you’re pretty much guaranteed to have someone eventually come along and take if off your hands.
Again, the Internet is your friend here. Check around and see if there’s a market for the hardware you’re trying to get rid of. Who knows? There’s a good chance there might be a collector willing to take it off your hands for a nice sum.
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