Leave the Museum of Technology to someone else. You've got something better to do than collect dust on the creaky old laptop, the old flip-phone, or a camera that you thought you might one day save for your kids. Whatever the technology may be, when it's finally time to say goodbye there is a right way to dispose of your old equipment and many wrong ways. We will help you.
Why can not I just throw away my old devices and batteries?
When your electronics land on a landfill, they not only leave wires and plastic a big problem). In case of improper disposal you and the environment can be damaged by electronic waste.
Most electronic devices contain toxic substances such as lead, flame retardants and chromium. These materials can damage the human kidneys, blood and nervous system, said Ilene Lubell, president of Mayer Metals Corporation, which recycles old electronics for businesses.
According to Lubell, if electronics are disposed of incorrectly or thrown away, these toxins can end up in landfills, groundwater, and the atmosphere when heated.
There are a number of environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your old electronics, which may possibly help people in need or in underserved communities. It is important to note that the disposal protocol may vary depending on the device.
Behind the scenes, devices are recycled, overhauled or redistributed. Sometimes they are mined or melted down to extract the rare earth materials they contain. Apple's Material Recovery Lab in Texas uses robots for disassembling iPhones ($ 1,000 at Amazon) at a rate of 200 devices per hour.
OK, I'm sold. What should I do before disposing of my device?
When you're done with batteries or a device, make sure you're done with it. Even though it may be old, someone just needs a charger to reboot their old phone or computer and get their personal information.
The moral of this story: Make sure you back up all the data you want – photos, videos, titles, etc. – and then do a factory reset. Do not worry, we'll give you advice. Wipe your device from phones, laptops, and cameras in the following sections.
All These Empty Batteries
There are several ways that you can properly dispose of disposable and rechargeable batteries such as AA, AAA, and D-Cell batteries that are common in flashlights, toys, and other household electronics.
Best Buy, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Lowes, and Staples all have vacant dispensaries where you can remove dead batteries from your hands. We recommend that you collect and store your used batteries in a container when they are full.
Also visit Earth911, a website where you can find the nearest recycling facility based on the type of battery to be disposed of (eg alkaline, button cell, lithium, zinc air, etc.). Call2Recycle can also help you find places to recycle your batteries.
How to Recycle Phones
Smartphones and their batteries are one of the easiest electronic components to recycle, according to Call2Recycle.
Remember to transfer data and photos on your old phone to a new phone, or to save your photos in other ways before resetting to factory settings. Remember to remove the SIM card if it still exists.
The company accepts all phones and batteries, regardless of size, brand, model or age. Call2Recycle can prepare the device for resale or recycle the materials for a new device. If you look closely, you can even get paid for recycling your phone.
If your phone is up to date enough, you may be able to exchange it with a network operator when you buy a new phone or sell it on the open market. Otherwise, recycling may be the best option if you want to remove a dusty phone from your hands.
Read : How to Sell or Recycle Your Phone for Cash
Best Buy accepts three phones per household per day, Lowes has recycling centers at each site, Home Depot takes cell phones up to £ 11, and Staples also accepts phones.
Whole Foods uses Secure the Call to receive 911 emergency numbers. Only phones for seniors and emergency shelters for domestic violence. Just make sure you bring the charger with you.
You can also donate your gently used cell phones to cell phones for soldiers. The program helps troops to call their families home for free. Local communities can also accept donations as part of a citywide campaign.
We also recommend that you check with your employer how to handle electronic waste. You may be able to add some items to the collection.
Laptop Recycling Made Easy
Before you discard your old computer, you should ask yourself if it can still be used. If it's less than five years old, TechSoup may find it useful for someone else. Newer laptops can be redecorated to local charities or libraries. You can find a program in the Registered Refurbisher directory of Microsoft.
If the device is too old or in dispensable form, you can recycle it. Our Earth911 friends make it easy for you: just search for "laptop computers" and enter your zip code to find the nearest drop off point. Dell's Goodwill Reconnect program also accepts old and defective hardware.
Make sure that the program you used to leave your old hardware on the EPA Certified Electronic Recyclers website is reliable and contact the Refurbisher or Recycler for verification.
When installing the laptop, consider all the extras that came with it: keyboard, mouse, printer, modem, and any software. As a rule, renovators can repackage everything. Remember to delete your data first!
You can also get a tax break by donating your laptop. Keep an eye on what you donated for the case. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, find out more in the Sage BlueBook or in Section 170 of the Federal Income Tax Code.
Chargers and cables can also be recycled.
If you are like my husband and keep crates of cables, chargers, and cables in your basement (in case you ever need one), this may be the time to let go. The kind of wire you have lying around could be worth something. You can search Capital Scrap Metal for prices. For example, from April 19, copper will cost $ 2.45 per pound.
You can also submit your cables to Best Buy, Staples, and other locations. Chargers can also be used for other purposes. When a cable with one device stops working, it can sometimes work with another device. Economical!
Otherwise, donate your old cables, wires, chargers, and wires to the MINT (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Google MINT, National Electronics Recycling Center, or Earth911 local school programs.
Yes, you should recycle your old camera.
If you are still holding on to the camera-lobbies from the early 2000s, we have some places where you no longer need them.
Best Buy and Home The depot accepts cameras and camcorders. Lowes also takes cameras. And of course Earth911 and Call2Recycle are options for the width of your used electronics.