Today is Earth Day, the time of year when many people pause and take a moment to think about the environment. It also coincides with the time of year people begin doing some spring cleaning and re-evaluate if they really need that 10 year old computer, 3 year old cell phone or 5 year old eReader.
Once you decide to get rid of your old tech, don’t just throw it in the trash. That not only harms the environment — think leaking batteries and corrupted metals — but also robs the device of a second life. Yes, even your old stuff may yet be useful.
Instead of trashing electronics, recycle them. You might even get a little bit of money for your trouble or even do some good.
Those of you who’ve contemplated selling your old iPhone or iPad are probably familiar with trade-in sites that will take your old device for money. Most of them will take more than just Apple devices, most concentrate on small mobile electronics.
Good trade-in sites will pay for shipping, so all you have to do is find a box to send in your device and schedule a pick-up, if available. Some will also take devices even if they have no trade-in value in order to recycle them safely. eBay is great for this.
Many major electronics chains and Goodwill stores do on-site electronics recycling. They’ll take whole devices or just cables, peripherals or batteries. In these cases you may not get any money, but your stuff won’t just end up in a landfill.
Visit Earth911.com to find a recycling center near you.