When it comes to getting rid of our electronics, we often don’t know what to do with them. Do we throw them in the trash? Recycle them? But, how exactly do you recycle certain electronics? We got down to the nitty-gritty and did the work for you! Here are a few ways on how you can properly recycle those old or broken electronics.
How to Recycle a Computer
What are you supposed to do with an old or broken computer? For some people; Most often, these broken devices end up under a bed or tucked into a corner gathering dust. You might think the easiest option is to just throw your old computer away. But, while e-waste is only about 4% of the total amount of trash, it accounts for almost 40% of lead that is found in local landfills. Here are some quick and easy ways to get your computer ready for disposal.
- Delete all your personal information/sensitive data
- Delete your browsing history
- Wipe your hard drive
How to Recycle a Printer
Ah, the age-old question; how does one get rid of their old printer? Throwing it away is never the option. Some of the components in printers contain toxic materials that when sent to a landfill can seep in to the soil causing hazardous conditions. Take out the toner and ink used in printers, as these components contain very hazardous compounds such as mercury and lead. If you’re getting rid of your old printer, make sure do these two steps first.
- Remove any SD cards or add-ons you have attached
- Make sure your ink cartridges are cleaned out and disposed of separately. If you bought your printer form Staples, there many be another option! Some manufacturers offer buy-back programs where you can get some sweet rewards for trading in your printer
- Don’t forget, you can always just drop it off at a recycling center!
How to Recycle or Sell Your Electronics For Cash
Recycling old electronics is good for the environment but also good for your wallet! Selling your old phone, tablets and MP3 players to an ecoATM will give you quick cash on the spot. Before you visit an ecoATM kiosk, you will need to wipe your personal information. ecoATM will price your device and give you an instant quote based on condition and model of the device.
Recycling your old devices may seem like a hassle, but by recycling electronics and helping to reduce the amount of e-waste currently being produced, you are helping create a better world for future generations! How can you say no to that? Check out iRecycle to find the nearest recycling center to you today. But, if you want to get rid of your devices quickly while also earning some money in the process, ecoATM is the place to go. Don’t wait, the value of your devices decreases daily! Act today for a better tomorrow.