Once I put the garden to bed in November, I start to see my house in a new light. I love this house, but this year it needs a super “de-cluttering.” We aren’t talking about simply re-arranging the pantry which I do every, single year–we are talking cleaning out the closets. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting a series on how to dispose of certain items you no longer want and how to keep them out of the landfill. This post focuses on how to get rid of old electronics. Did you realize that you could donate, giveaway or sell them?
Old Electronics, Who Need a New Life.
I chuckled every time I found old electronics in my drawers. Anything, you buy, seems to be antiquated within six months.
Or my kids break something and the particular electronic lays in the drawer, somehow to be found on day.
So, what did I find in those old drawers?
- A Mp3 player attachment that enables you to hook your Mp3 into your car stereo. Does anyone use a Mp3 player anymore?
- Old smartphones that we are never going to use again.
- Broken earphones. (I own stock in ear phone companies since my kids break them like twigs.)
Items that were simply collecting dust:
- A 10-year-old computer with Windows XP, which is slower than molasses.
- A 45-year-old stereo equipment that still works with huge 70-ish speakers.
- A 15-year-old HEPA filter whose motor died. I was just kidding myself thinking I was super handy, and I could fix it.
- Old huge TV sets. (Yeah, the ones that need three people to move them.)
Most people would simply throw away these items thinking who in their right mind could re-use or re-purpose them. But here is the rub.
Sending electronic equipment to a landfill is hazardous to our environment.
According to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency,
“Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.”
So, what can you do to get rid of old electronics and be kind to the environment as well? (In fact, you might be able to make some dough too.)
Freecycle Your Old Electronics.
You can’t imagine how many people love your old stuff. Why throw it out if someone else can use it? I put my items on Freecycle. With the exception of the old TVs, there were at least 3 to 10 people asking for my old stuff.
I was sad that the TVs were recycled since they worked. No one seems to want old TVs.
Facebook Groups for Buying and Selling.
So, you thought Facebook was simply for keeping in touch with family and friends? Think again!
In my area, there are several neighborhood Facebook groups for buying and selling your unwanted stuff. I even sold my squashes and blackberry plants in these groups.
Plus, you never know who you meet. I found some like minded people to connect with. One person sells her organic eggs!
So, how can you find some groups to sell your unwanted stuff? I started searching for groups under my county in the search bar at the top of Facebook. Once I found a group, I noticed that Facebook suggested several other groups similar to a buy/sell group in my area.
I didn’t realize that there were groups right in my town!
If you can’t find a group, you can start your own.
Did you know that you can sell your old electronics. There is a myriad of places to sell your cell phones and laptops. Listed below are some companies that specialize in buying cell phones and other electronics:
Be sure to check out all of their pricing before choosing a company. Believe me, the pricing from one company to the other is not the same. (Look out for a post on selling my phones.) Check out my detailed post on the do’s and don’t of selling your electronics.
Donate your Electronics.
Schools and not for profits can use your computers, laptop, printers, and software. In the past, I have donated speakers, printers, and other electronic equipment to my local school.
However, if your local schools and religious organizations do not need the equipment, then you can find a nearby match of an organization that can use it. Simply search via your zip code on the National Cristina Foundation website.
To find other organizations like this, search HERE. (This site is run by the National Cristina Foundation.)
Best Buy Takes Mostly Everything with a Cord.
Recycling gift cards, electronics, rechargeable batteries and more at Best Buy
I adore their recycling center. They take back old electronics, gift cards, CDs, etc. Read more HERE. In fact, they take back anything with a cord. (Be sure to check your local Best Buy on what they do and do not take back. Each store is different.)
Recycle Your Electronics.
My last resort is to recycle items that no one wants. I could have recycled my old televisions with Best Buy but instead I took them to my county recycling.
If you are looking for a nearby electronic recycle company, see HERE or check what your county recycling will take. Make sure, your recycling company is a responsible recycler. No one wants their electronic equipment to end up in a landfill in China.
Join the Conversation.
How do you get rid of old electronics?