Inspector Gadget Had His Day…(what to do with my old computer)

RECYCLING OLD GADGETS: La Pomme Verte

1.)Make smart purchases to begin with and support manufacturers who have take back programs to repurpose old products. 

 2.)Get paid to recycle.  If your “gadget” is in working order go to MyBoneYard.com, GreenPhone.com, and eBays trade-in site, eBay.EZtradein.com (which gives you reward points toward purchases or pays you).

 3.)Donate it. Schools and non-profits often use “retired” gadgets. Police dept’s and shelters have cellphone donation bins.  ReCellular.com helps consumers donate old cellphones (added benefit Tax write-off!)

4.)Freecycle” it. The online community at Freecycle.org connects donors with recipients to reduce land fill waste and strengthen communities! Local pickup only, no shipping.

  5.)Recycle it. If you can’t reuse, donate, or freecycle it, head to Earth911.com, they can give you drop-off locations to recycle your e-waste.

E-Waste ready for shipping

MAKE SURE TO WIPE ALL INFO OFF YOUR HARD DRIVE AND CELL PHONE!Go to Techsoup.org for more information.

Information from USA Weekend, Kelly DiNardo, and Josh Dorfman, author of The Lazy Environmentalist. 

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One Response

  1. Great information! Thanks for including the URLs, too. I was unaware of most of these programs. Many tech poducts have all kinds of toxic nastiness in them, so keeping them out of landfills is critical. I rarely have this problem, though. I find uses for old PCs (thanks to Linux), and if they’re too old to sell, I’ll give them to someone who couldn’t obtain one otherwise.

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