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5 Ways to Recycle Electronics

by May Fitzgerald

5 Ways to Recycle Electronics

Even the best electronics eventually reach the end of their lifecycles. As sad as it may be, no TV is going to last forever, and eventually you’ll have to toss and replace it.

But, most electronics – TVs, computers, monitors, and even cell phones – can’t just be thrown out in the regular trash or recycling bin. Instead, they need to be specially recycled. Most people seem to know that, but the question always seems to be “Where can I recycle electronics?”

That’s why we’re here for you. If you have a bunch of old electronics sitting around, or just want to get rid of some clutter before going on a shopping spree, here are 5 ways to recycle electronics.

1. County clutter

Most counties have some type of electronic waste drop-off program. Some even let you schedule pickup, saving you the trip and hassle of having to take the electronics somewhere yourself. That’s convenience, right there.

Check your county website and see what different options are available in your area for electronic waste recycling. You can also check out Earth911 to see what other local recycle options are nearby.

2. Goodwill

Goodwill is another organization that accepts electronic donations, and you’ll even get a tax write-off for your good deed! Check out what Goodwill locations are near you and call first to make sure that that location also accepts electronics.

3. Churches and other local charities

Churches, local non-profits, and other charities often accept electronics, and some may even run electronic drives specifically looking for them over the course of the year.

Online services like Donationtown can also come pick up your stuff and donate it for you, and ComputersWithCauses can take your old computers, as well.

4. Your friends

5 Ways to Recycle Electronics

If your electronics are still functioning and you are just looking to get rid of them because you upgraded – or are looking to upgrade soon -- you can always check with your family and friends to see if anybody is in the market for some hand-me-downs. You never know who might be looking for a TV, so it’s always at least worth putting feelers out there.

And while you’re at it, friends with big trucks that can actually pick up stuff are always worth checking with first. Always.

5. Garage sale

If you don’t want to donate or recycle, and your friends have passed on all your wonderful treasures, a garage sale is always another option. Of course, this is probably only going to be successful if your old electronics are in decent condition, but you never know who might be looking for pieces or spare parts for an older electronic that just happens to be the same model as yours. As a last resort, you can always try the local free giveaway section of Craigslist, too.

Oh, and one final note: Don’t forget to wipe any electronics that contain sensitive information before donating, recycling, or giving them away.

And remember, after you are done getting rid of your old electronics, don’t forget to stop on in and pick out something new to reward yourself. Go you!