How to Dispose of Your Old Electronics

So you’ve bought the latest and greatest television, the top-of-the-line cell phone, or the newest and highest-power computer. That’s fantastic, and so long as you take care of it, you can expect several years of enjoyable use. But as with any electronic device, over time it slowly loses that state-of-the-art status and becomes outdated. Eventually, these devices wear out, parts stop working, and you have to get rid of them to make room for the new model. Unfortunately, throwing these devices straight into the trash is a pretty big environmental hazard, so it’s strongly advised you avoid doing this. Here are a few ways you can get rid of your old gadgets while keeping them sustainable.

Donate Them

If your electronics still work perfectly well, you may actually find a lot of thrift stores or donations centers love getting these devices as donations. Thrift store shoppers are always on the lookout for old electronics, especially ones that are outdated because they often contain parts that can be salvaged to repair a different one. Likewise those who have never been able to afford one of those particular devices may be thrilled to find it on the cheap. The expression “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” applies greatly to old electronics.

However, if you plan on getting rid of them this way, you’ll want to take one critical step to protect your identity: destroy or completely wipe the hard drive. There are some programs out there which are designed to completely wipe hard drives clean, but that isn’t enough to stop some super-hackers. You’re better off physically destroying the drive itself.

Salvage Them

You might be surprised how many electronics use the same parts year after year. If something breaks, you might be able to use parts that are still intact to repair the replacement device if that one also breaks. For example, if you’re throwing out an old computer, consider cracking it open and taking out things like cooling fans and old power supplies. These parts could be used to repair a different computer later on, which could actually save you money.

Recycle Them

If your electronics just flat out don’t work anymore and can’t be salvaged, it’s a good idea to take them to your local recycling center. If you pay attention to the local news, you’ll probably notice that around twice a year most cities run a hazardous waste disposal collection, where residents can bring their old trash that they can’t (or shouldn’t) throw away so it can be disposed of safely. This is a great place to take your electronics so they can be appropriately broken down, recycled, and then be used to make more new electronics!

If you’re facing a problem with the electricity in your home, call a Marietta electrician from Lightning Bug Electric today at (404) 471-3847 to schedule a repair or maintenance service!
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