Don’t throw away your old appliances and appliances. How to recycle it for free
New phones, tablets, and laptops come out every year. You upgrade your technology, and your old device is parked to your homeware graveyard. You probably have a drawer full of old batteries and cables, and somelaptops and desktops, depending on how often you upgrade your equipment.
We all cling to old technology for our own reasons – I still own a firstTucked away for nostalgia. There are also multiple ways to for you and use and more.
Whatever the technology, when it’s finally time to say goodbye, there’s a right way to get rid of your old hardware—and there are plenty of wrong ways. We’ll show you what it is.
What to do before disposal of the device
When you’re done using the gadget, make sure it’s finished with you, too. Make sure to back up anything you want off the device — photos, videos, songs — and then perform a factory reset. Here are some CNET articles to help clarify the finer points of scanning a device:
Here are the best places here in the US to recycle, reuse, or give new life to your old technology.
Smartphone recycling Lets you print a free FedEx shipping label or order a recycling kit. Charge your old smartphone and You may even get paidDepending on the condition and age of the device. Smartphone Recycling accepts devices in bulk, so you need to charge at least 10. Depending on how long you’ve been storing phones, you might meet that quota yourself. If not, check in with friends and family and make this a group effort.
What you can recycleSmartphone Recycling accepts smartphones, cell phones, MacBooks, tablets, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple Watches, as well as batteries connected to or installed in devices.
best buy accept Wide range of technical products They generally consume three items per household per day. Specifications may vary depending on where you live, but you can check the drop-down list of state-specific recycling information on the site.
Best Buy also offers an away option for larger appliances like TVs, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves, treadmills, and exercise bikes. If you have ordered a new product, Best Buy will do it Take your old device for recycling. There is, too Long-distance independent option This costs $200. You can take Two large items have been withdrawn as well as an unlimited number of small itemswith some exceptions.
What you can recycle: Best Buy can take TVs, cables, chargers, media players, projectors, laptops, hard drives, webcams, cell phones, calculators, radios, landlines, headphones, vacuums, fans, ink and toner cartridges, alarms, electronic speaker systems, readers, video game consoles, memory cards, cameras Video, digital cameras, GPS devices and more.
Staples office supply store also offers free recycling options for old tech. Staples accepts up to seven items per customer per day. The company also has various Long distance optionsAnd the Pickup and pallet driver, plus prepaid address stickers Available.
What you can recycleStaples can recycle accessories, adapters, cables, computers, cell phones, wireless, digital cameras, laptops, routers, tablets, webcams, toner and toner, and other office tech items.
Home Depot has an explanation on its website for how to safely dispose of dead batteries, old paint, electronics, and other items, as well as tips for recycling and reusing. according to RecycleStuff.orgServices are for resident customers only.
What you can recycle: according to RecycleStuff.orgHome Depot accepts household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), lithium-ion batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, household rechargeable batteries, cell phones and LED light bulbs.
US Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t handle recycling and delivery the same way other companies do, but they have a handy guide that makes it easy to get the information you need. The Environmental Protection Agency Manual Donate and recycle by electronic device, company name, logo and any additional details.
What you can recycle: Again, the EPA guide connects you to specific companies and their policies, but depending on the list, you can recycle and donate mobile devices, computers, and televisions as well as photography equipment and supplies.
Electronics Recovery Alliance
such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Electronics Recovery Alliance Makes it easy to find recovery software from US manufacturers. You can browse over 25 companies’ recovery program summaries, including leftAnd the appleAnd the DelAnd the HPAnd the LenovoAnd the PanasonicAnd the Sony and more.
The Electronics Recovery Alliance does not deal with recycling, but it can direct you to the right supplier for your needs.
What you can recycle: Depending on the company, you can find places to drop off iPhones, iPads, smartphones, monitors, computers, printers, keyboards, mice, DVD and VHS players, cameras, TVs, and more.
Echo ATM gives you Estimate the price for your old phone You can lock it in the Phone app using the IMEI number of your old device. EcoATM will ask some questions about your device such as brand, model, memory, carrier, and condition before creating a quote. From there you can Visit one of the organization’s boothsfound in stores such as Kroger, Walmart, and Dollar General.
What you can recycle: EcoATM can help with iPhones, Samsung smartphones and tablets, MP3 players, Google Pixel phones, LG phones and tablets, Motorola phones and ZTE phones. You can also recycle chargers and cellular accessories like cases, but you won’t get paid for them.
Earth 911 It allows you to search by device and zip code to find nearby locations suitable for old phones delivery. When you visit the organization’s website, click recycling place at the top of the page to get started. Earth911 works with well-known companies such as Lowe’s and Target, as well as local waste and recycling centers.
What you can recycle: Earth911 helps you find recycling sites, but it will also indicate what materials the site accepts, whether it allows delivery or pickup for residential or commercial buildings, as well as any additional information.
Recycling for charities
Recycling for charities It accepts tech donations, but gives a percentage of the device’s value to the charity of your choice. Scroll through a file Charities Directory, select one, enter the required information and click donate. Receive charities anywhere between 25 cents and $100 of your items.
What you can recycleCordless cell phones and corresponding batteries, iPhones, walkie-talkies, digital cameras, iPods, PDAs, and Palm Pilots.
Call2Recycle It is a battery-focused recycling program. organization progress Download options On sites like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Staples, as well as Shipping boxes For batteries and cell phones. Deliveries are free, but recycling kits and shipping boxes cost between $45 and $115, depending on the size.
What you can recycle: rechargeable batteries Such as nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, lithium-ion, nickel-zinc and small sealed lead acid weighing up to 11 lbs. Call2Recycle also accepted Single use batteries Such as AA, AAA, 9 V, C, D and button cell batteries weighing up to 11 lbs. The organization also accepts cell phone and corresponding batteries regardless of size, make, model or age.
For more information, check out Five Things You Can Recycle (and Five Things You Can’t) andAnd the .
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