You've got all them old tablets and phones and cables, so what do you do with them? Recycle! That's the better option than letting it go into a landfill because a lot of that old tech contains rare metals that can be reused. Here's some ideas on recycling.
- Local programs: Many state and local governments offer guidance on what residents should do with their e-waste on their websites, and some operate sites where you can drop off old electronics to be recycled. You can also tap into databases like the one run by Earth 911 to find local recyclers that would be willing to accept aging and unusable tech for recycling.
- Big-box stores: Some of the same places where you purchased your tech will take them when they’re no longer usable. Best Buy lets you bring your aging tech into certain stores — from there, it gets sent to the company’s recycling partners, which will see if it can be repurposed before breaking it down. Staples’ recycling program works very similarly. Meanwhile, Office Depot and Office Max will sell you a box you can fill with old tech and bring it into a store for shipment and recycling by a third-party.
- Tech companies: In some cases, you can send old devices back to the companies that made them. Apple will accept its own products for recycling, and in some cases will give you a credit that can be applied to new purchases. The computer maker Dell — which shipped more than 12 million new PCs in the second quarter of 2021 — accepts shipments of old electronics of any brand to be recycled. That said, Dell’s track record with recycling isn’t completely free of blemishes.
Source: The Washington Post