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How to Responsibly, Effectively and Affordably Recyle Your Old Electronics


Richie Braver 2016-07-10

Whether you're a retired professional who was on the cusp of tech innovation throughout the 1980s or 1990s or you're a tech-savvy millennial who needs the latest tech creation, you've likely accumulated a lot of electronics in your lifetime. Simply put: if your storage room is a treasure trove of electronics over the last 20 or 30 years then you've certainly compiled a lot of stuff.

Now that you're looking to declutter your home, get rid of your junk and clear some space for more technology, you will need to recycle your old electronics in a responsible, affordable and effective way. If not then you'll continue to take a peek into the past when phones were heavy.

Electronic waste, otherwise known as e-waste, is becoming increasingly common for Canadian households. Everything from mobile phones to television sets, from personal computers to laptops, a lot of your e-waste needs to be put somewhere, and it can't just be in the trash bin.

One more thing: you can't take that old computer of yours that caused you so much trouble in college and smash it into pieces with a wooden baseball. This isn't "Office Space", you know?

Here are five ways to responsible, effectively and affordable recycle your old electronics:

Find a Certified E-Waste Recycler

You may need to perform a little bit of research to find a certified e-waste recycler. Now, it may not be as hard as you think – you likely won't need to travel to Milton or Barrie to drop off your stuff for recycling. Instead, you can head over to your local Best Buy and recycle your e-waste there. You will notice a bin at the front entrance that allows you to drop off your cellphones, batteries, printer cartridges and so on. This is very convenient for households across the GTA.

Donate Your Stuff to Organizations

There are plenty of non-profit organizations out there that will gladly pick up your e-waste and put it to good use. A simple Google search will list an abundance of groups that recycle your old electronics, which are then donated to impoverished communities, given to those in the military or sold to raise funds for a specific charity (you could even select the charity if you wish).

 Sell Your Electronics (There's a Buyer for Everything)

First, you could always sell your electronics to somebody else, whether it's on eBay or Craigslist. There's a buyer for everything First, you could always sell your electronics to somebody else, whether it's on eBay or Craigslist.

Return Your Products to the Manufacturer

This may surprise some, but you can always return to your stuff to the manufacturer (no, they won't refund you your money after 15 years). Instead, the likes of Apple, Sony and Dell encourage you to provide them with your out-of-date tech gadgets – a handful of firms will even give you a credit to buy anything in the store. Contact the firm that made your stuff and find out.

 

Check Out Public Institutions

Since e-waste is becoming a gigantic problem for many jurisdictions across the country, provincial and municipal governments as well as an array of civic institutions promote certain days of the year when you can recycle your unwanted electronics. Government offices and schools are selecting days of the year when citizens can bring in their e-waste to designated drop-off locations. This is very beneficial for both consumers and governments.

Here are two important statistics to take a gander at: the average mobile device user gets a brand new one every 18 months; and just 13 percent of e-waste is disposed and recycled properly.

E-waste has been an issue flying under the radar for quite some time here in Canada. It hasn't generated national headlines, it hasn't been commented by leaders and think-tanks haven't issued dire warnings about how e-waste is hurting the environment. By properly recycling your e-waste, you can know that you can do your part and ensure you're doing the right thing in the end. For more information on how to get started with your recycling, check out Recycle Your Electronics to learn more!

You're likely going to buy more TV sets, mobile phones and e-readers. So start to recycle!

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