A few months ago, one of my computers died, and I had to make a tough decision about what to do with it. Getting rid of old electronics is a serious matter; you should carefully plan how to dispose of them. It would be best to research before disposing of any old electronic device.
Before Getting Rid Of Your Old Electronics, Do This First
Before you get rid of any of your old electronics, be sure to remove any integral parts like hard drives or external devices like flash drives. You don’t want your data to get compromised in any way and removing that first is key.
If you don’t know how to remove the internal hard drives, either hire someone or ask your closest tech friend for some help.
In my case, I pulled out all three internal drives and purchased a Dual Hard Drive Docking Station. This was an awesome idea! I saved all the data and transferred it to my new computer. Yay for me!
Once I removed the drives, recycling the rest of it was easy!
So, What You Do With The Old Equipment?
Over the years, the electronics that we use have changed a lot. Now we have very high-tech gadgets that we use every day. It can be easy to head to the store to replace a broken mobile phone or microwave when yours breaks down. But the big question is, what do you do with the old equipment?
Many people end up just leaving their old electronics lying around their homes. Mostly it’s because they don’t quite know what to do with them.
We’ve got some of your options for you when it comes to getting rid of your old electronics.
Recycle Your Old Electronics
Recycling is critical in this day and age, and you should ensure that you are recycling everything that can be recycled.
You don’t want to throw stuff in the garbage that doesn’t belong there. It depends on the product and what the manufacturer has stated when making it. Make sure to consider recycling all of your old electronics. Doing this will get them out of your hair and to the best possible place.
You should also check first with your municipality. Check if they accept the type of device you’re trying to get rid of. Each municipality has rules and regs you might not be aware of.
Call A Junk Removal Company
If you aren’t sure whether your electronics can be recycled, it is often best to call in the help of professionals. This is why we suggest that you get the help of a professional junk removal company.
They will handle the products and ensure they go where they need to go. Companies like 1-800-GOT-JUNK will recycle, donate and dispose of your junk for a fee. I used this service in the past to solve this issue as well. It was so easy to make a call and not worry about the old electronics afterward.
This is perfect for those who don’t know what the next step is and want to get the junk out of the way as soon as possible.
Sell Them On Or Pay It Forward
Our final idea for those who want to dispose of their old electronic devices is to sell them. You never know until you put it out there for sale.
If it’s still in working condition, you can sell it for a discounted price! If the product is not working, you might still be able to make some cash from it if you sell it for parts.
Some companies online will take your old mobile phone and pay you for it too.
Below, you’ll find some companies with partnerships for donating old electronics.
- Dell Reconnect – They partner with Goodwill and accepts any brand of computers and just about any accessories that can connect to one.
- The World Computer Exchange – This company works hard to diminish the digital divide in developing countries. They promote the reuse and proper recycling of electronics. They also provide used computers, peripherals and other gadgets to communities around the world.
- AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org – They collect all brands of used cell phones. They will also refurbish and resell them too. They are dedicated to responsibly recycling as well and support many good causes.
- eBay for Charity – You can sell all your used devices and old electronics and make some money in the process. You can also donate part of all of the proceeds to any charity you choose.
This won’t be too much if the device doesn’t work properly but it can be a great way of decluttering.
I donated my old mobile phones to my local women’s shelter. They desperately need phones, and it’s a great way to pay it forward.
Here’s an alternative idea; If you are a crafter or love to create works of art, you can upcycle them too.
If you have some old electronics lying around your home, I hope you got some good ideas.
Think about hiring a junk removal company or recycling your electronics yourself. This way, you can have peace of mind that they have gone to the right place. Also, you can have more space in your home for all your new electronics!
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