Since technology upgrades fairly regularly, we need to dispose of old electronic devices to make space for the new ones.
The problem is, getting rid of old electronics isn’t as straightforward as disposing of regular junk. There are factors that need to be considered. For example, some electronic devices contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. What’s more, you may be depriving yourself of other practical uses of electronics by simply throwing them out. Let’s look at five ideas of what you can do with old electronic devices.
1. Sell It
If you like to always own the latest gadgets, you may find that you’re collecting quite a pile of tech that you no longer use. Instead of watching them gather dust, or simply adding them to landfill, you might find that someone will happily take them from you, getting you some money back and sending the gadget to a new home. You could sell to a second-hand shop, or you could try selling your item online for a better price.
2. Donate It
If the selling option isn’t for you, a simpler alternative would be to donate your devices. Even if the gadget no longer works, many charities and non-profit organisations can find a use for them. Charity shops and specialist organisations are an excellent way to recycle old technology without the hassle of finding a buyer and negotiating a fee. And you’ll get the extra bonus of contributing to a good cause.
3. Gift It
Just because you no longer have any need for a device, it doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t be happy to receive it as a gift. If you know a friend or family member who would enjoy your old electronic device, you could give it to them as a gift. This would take it off your hands and make someone you care about really happy at the same time. And it just might be a good way to cover your obligations at Christmas or on someone’s birthday.
4. Upcycle It
If you have a few tech skills and a little creativity, you could try upcycling your device. This involves repurposing an object for a different function – for example, a disused spring could be re-purposed as a cable protector. Many ways exist for the creative upcycler to turn old electronics into some other useful item. You just need to think outside the box, and you might come up with a genius idea.
5. Trade it for gift cards
Some retailers have a trade-in option that allows you to exchange old electronics for gift cards. Curry’s, for example, collect, reuse and recycle around 65,000 tonnes of electrical appliances every year. That saves you the trouble of seeking out a potential buyer and opens the door to getting something new for yourself.
These are just a few of the possible ways you can get rid of your old electronics without sending them to landfill. There are various other ideas to discover, but the important thing is to minimise your waste so that you aren’t harming the environment. There will always be someone who would enjoy your old tech, so if you don’t have a way to reuse it yourself then get it to someone who can!