Opening the box to some shiny new tech is always a fun experience, but before you go out and buy the latest model phone, tablet, or other gadget spare a thought for what you will do with your old items as they cannot go in the regular trash. In the post below we will look at the best ways to get rid of your old gadgets and tech. Read on to find out what they are.
A note on privacy and the environment
Before we get into the options you have for disposing of your device, it’s vital to note that just dumping them in the trash is a huge no-no. This is for two important reasons.
The first is that our devices contain a great deal of private information about us, and so need to be wiped and then disposed of properly.
Then there is the fact that disposing of electronic items in the trash is incredibly bad for the environment because they contain chemicals that are toxic when released. Therefore you must dispose of your devices in a responsible way.
Your first option is to sell your old tech. Indeed, you will find plenty of people offering used phones, laptops, and tables on sites such as eBay as well as a wide range of other electronics like karaoke machines, headphones, and vacuums.
It’s worth noting that the better the condition, the higher price you can expect online. Also always send items by registered post, so you are covered if they go missing during their journey.
Recycle old tech
Another great option for getting rid of old tech that you no longer use is to recycle it. This prevents it from ending up in the trash, something that can be the cause of toxic pollution in the environment.
The good news is there is a range of recycling options you can consider. The first are websites where you can post on smaller devices like cell phones. They recondition the item, reuse it elsewhere, and will pay you for your used gadget. It’s usually not a huge amount but it can help offset the cost of your newer item.
However, such sites usually do not handle larger tech items like servers and PCs. Instead, you will need to find a local company that specializes in the safe disposal of electronic recycling. They will then be able to come to you, solving the issue of having to move larger, heavier, and bulky items while still ensuring that they are recycled safely and responsibly.
Some tech retailers provide money off your next purchase if you trade in your old gadgets. They will then be broken down into parts to be used again. Apple, in particular, is well known for its trade-in options which give the user credits that can be used against the purchase of any new item.
Donate your old tech
Lastly, you may wish to donate your old tech and gadgets so someone less fortunate will be able to benefit from them. Many cell phone operators like Three have special schemes that enable you to do this. All you need to do is make sure your phone is wiped and factory settings are restored and then you can post it to them.