How to Recycle Your Tech Properly

If you’re like most people, you probably have a smartphone, a computer, and maybe a laptop. And that’s just for starters! Chances are, you also have other electronics like a smartwatch or gaming console. But as much as fun as these devices are, none of them last forever. In fact, technology has a very short life – even if you take really good care of it.

So you likely have old tech just sitting around your house gathering dust. You might be tempted to toss any broken electronics so they don’t take up any more space. But did you know that you can’t discard electronics with regular household garbage? Most of your devices contain chemicals you don’t want to be exposed to, like mercury and lead.

So what should you do with your old devices? Here are a few ideas.

  • Return them to the manufacturer:  Brands like Apple, Dell, LG, and Samsung will accept your old tech. Similarly, retailers like Staples and Best Buy offer recycling programs where you can drop off outdated electronics. But check the rules before you drop anything off! Some will charge a fee, while others might provide you with a free mailing label. You can also dispose of old printer cartridges in this way.
  • Check with your phone carrier: If you’re eligible for an upgrade, you can usually trade in your old device. And depending on how old it is, you might be able to receive credit toward your new phone or even your bill.
  • Donate: If you’re doing well enough that you can afford to buy new tech as soon as it comes out, great for you. But since you’re unlikely to be using your older stuff, donate any working technology to organizations like World Computer Exchange, which will give your electronics a new home with underprivileged children.

But before you get rid of your technology, there is one important thing to remember.

  • Wipe Everything:  Before you donate or dispose of anything, scrub it of all your personal information!  Saved passwords in your browsers and important documents should be removed. Don’t forget to empty your Recycle Bin on your desktop, too. To throughly wipe all your data, try a program like DBAN.

Lastly, these rules don’t only apply to old tablets, laptops or phones. Light bulbs, batteries, and any sort of cord with wiring can’t go in to the trash with your leftover takeout. So make sure you check with your local recycling center to see what items they can accept before just tossing everything.

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

 

If you’re like most people, you probably have a smartphone, a computer, and maybe a laptop. And that’s just for starters! Chances are, you also have other electronics like a smartwatch or gaming console. But as much as fun as these devices are, none of them last forever. In fact, technology has a very short life – even if you take really good care of it.

So you likely have old tech just sitting around your house gathering dust. You might be tempted to toss any broken electronics so they don’t take up any more space. But did you know that you can’t discard electronics with regular household garbage? Most of your devices contain chemicals you don’t want to be exposed to, like mercury and lead.

So what should you do with your old devices? Here are a few ideas.

  • Return them to the manufacturer:  Brands like Apple, Dell, LG, and Samsung will accept your old tech. Similarly, retailers like Staples and Best Buy offer recycling programs where you can drop off outdated electronics. But check the rules before you drop anything off! Some will charge a fee, while others might provide you with a free mailing label. You can also dispose of old printer cartridges in this way.
  • Check with your phone carrier: If you’re eligible for an upgrade, you can usually trade in your old device. And depending on how old it is, you might be able to receive credit toward your new phone or even your bill.
  • Donate: If you’re doing well enough that you can afford to buy new tech as soon as it comes out, great for you. But since you’re unlikely to be using your older stuff, donate any working technology to organizations like World Computer Exchange, which will give your electronics a new home with underprivileged children.

But before you get rid of your technology, there is one important thing to remember.

  • Wipe Everything:  Before you donate or dispose of anything, scrub it of all your personal information!  Saved passwords in your browsers and important documents should be removed. Don’t forget to empty your Recycle Bin on your desktop, too. To throughly wipe all your data, try a program like DBAN.

Lastly, these rules don’t only apply to old tablets, laptops or phones. Light bulbs, batteries, and any sort of cord with wiring can’t go in to the trash with your leftover takeout. So make sure you check with your local recycling center to see what items they can accept before just tossing everything.

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

 

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