We are now more and more reliant on electronics than ever before. Mobiles, computers, laptops, and MP3 players are just few of the commonest electronics that we use daily. While the convenience of using electronics is great, we should be more aware of the environmental footprint we impose on Mother Earth. There are, in fact, some simple things that you can do to get rid of used electronics more environmentally friendly.
Donate, Exchange, and Sell
Donation is one of the easiest ways to dispose of the used electronics. Donating electronics to charities or local churches is not only eco friendly, but also a good act. You can also search “electronics donation” or “electronics charity” on the Internet to find other charities that are specific to electronics donation.
If your electronics happen to be something your neighbor, friend, or colleague wants to have, you can propose a swap. It is worthwhile to ask them before throwing away the old electronics. You may be able to get something free in return.
Even though you can’t find a new home for your old electronics through a swap, there is no telling that you can’t sell it online. Don’t underestimate the value of the old electronics. They may be valuable in a way that’s hidden from you. For example, gazelle.com is a place for trade-in. They buy used gadgets and electronics and give you cash after evaluation of your electronics.
You can also sell your used electronics on EBay or Craiglist. They are good places for selling second-hand stuff. Be sure to describe the function and appearance of your electronics on the ad.
Electronics Recycling Programs
Electronics recycling programs are provided by many electronic retailers such as Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, LG, and Dell. Customers can return the used mobiles, cartridges, printers, or laptops to the retailers. At-home pick-up is available for some retailers. Check them out for details.
“Mail Back” Program
With United States Postal Service’s “Mail Back” Program, recycling small used electronics becomes much easier. The free envelopes are available in 1,500 post offices. You can mail back your electronics without paying the postage.
Use a creative mind, and you can turn used electronics into something interesting and useful. See this example of an environmentally friendly floppy disk notepad. You may call it cliche, but thinking out of the box can actually help you be more environmentally friendly.
There are many ways to dispose of the used electronics in an environmentally friendly way. All these, however, fail to address the cause of the issue: consumerism. If customers still cling to impulse shopping and buy every model on the market without thinking about their impact on the environment, no method could solve the problem. Stop buying the unnecessary.