Do you know what e-waste is? E-waste, or electronic waste, is the unwanted or discarded electronic devices that we throw out once they reach the end of their useful life. Unfortunately, according to Earth911, the United States is the largest producer of e-waste, generating 9.4 million tons a year.
At some point in your life, you have likely been in the situation where you are done with your electronic device but are not sure what to do with it. There are many options for safely getting rid of your old devices. However, throwing them out should never be one of them. If you’re looking to get rid of your electronics, try out one of these solutions!
Donating electronics to a worthy cause both keeps them out of landfills and positively impacts another’s life. There are many worthy organizations out there seeking your donated electronics. From helping veterans, to sick kids in hospitals, to needy families around the world, donating electronics can do a lot of good in someone’s life. And if that isn’t enough incentive, most electronic donations are tax deductible.
Many valuable natural resources can be extracted from recycling old electronics. This helps to conserve our limited natural resources. Recycling electronics means that valuable resources such as gold, silver, aluminum, copper, plastics and other metals can be reused in other products. There are also many toxins and hazardous materials inside of electronics that can seep into our soil and water when they’re put into landfills. If you’re looking for a place to donate your used electronics, contact your local community to see if they have an electronics drive coming up.
If your electronics are relatively new or rare, you may be able to make a profit by selling it online. Sites like Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon and Gazelle allow you to easily sell your items online. Before selling your item, always wipe it clean of personal information.
There may be some electronics that you just aren’t willing to part ways with. Whether the item has sentimental value, or you think you will use it in the future, storing your electronics can help to keep it in working condition. Try out these electronics storage tips!
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