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    How to Dispose of Electronics Responsibly

    How to Dispose of Electronics Responsibly

    September 7, 2018

    how to dispose of electronics responsibly

    If your computer or cell phone stops working or you upgrade to a newer model, your natural inclination might be to throw your old tech in the trash. But electronics are full of toxic chemicals that should never end up in a landfill. Lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium are just a handful of the substances that contribute to this dangerous “e-waste.”

    At 24/7 Electric, we believe in supporting energy efficiency and eco-friendly solutions when it comes to technology.

    Here is our guide on how to dispose of electronics responsibly.

    Erase Your Data

    Unless your electronic device has completely stopped working, it will still contain all of the data you have stored on it over the years. Before you dump it or donate it, you need to protect your information. Download everything you want to keep onto an external hard drive or another computer. Then erase all of your data and personal information from the device. Clear internet history and remove auto passwords from important websites. If possible, simply restore the device to manufacturer settings.

    Donate Your Devices

    If you don’t want to keep your working computer of any age, consider donating it to someone who needs it. There are schools, libraries, and homes that could benefit from your unwanted electronics! Dell and Goodwill have been partnering since 2004 to collect millions of electronics in any condition and repurpose them for communities in need. Locate the nearest Goodwill donation center here. There are countless other charities that will accept used electronics and refurbish them for specific purposes. The National Christina Foundation and World Computer Exchange are a couple of great examples.

    Recycle Responsibly

    If your device is irreparably broken and donation is not a possibility, you still should not throw it in the trash. However, it is important to recycle wisely too. Some recyclers will just dump all unwanted materials in wastelands located in developing nations rather than disposing of them responsibly.

    The office supply store Staples will accept numerous electronic products for certified recycling. Their methods are high-standard and trustworthy. You can also find a reputable recycler through e-Stewards, an organization dedicated to eliminating e-waste. Look for a recycling location near you here.

    Check with Manufacturers

    If there are no Staples stores or other e-Stewards in your area, an alternative solution is to send unwanted electronics back to their original manufacturer. Many electronics companies will take back products and reuse some of the materials inside. Some manufacturers will even offer trade-in value towards your next device when you donate your electronics back.

    Did this guide help you better understand how to dispose of electronics responsibly?

    We hope our tips on how to dispose of electronics responsibly will educate more families on the best recycling methods. Do you have a favorite organization that accepts old electronics? Leave a comment below!

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