How to Dispose of Electronics
As a new wave of electronic devices is constantly being released, your current ones inevitably fall out of use.
When this happens, you have to get rid of them or let them collect dust in a drawer somewhere. It turns out, there are good and bad ways to get rid of your old electronics.
The Safe Approach
Most electronics contain all sorts of damaging chemicals that you can’t see. If you simply throw your old devices away, those chemicals can leach into the surrounding area, impacting the natural habitat negatively.
What’s more, unless you perform a factory reset on all of the devices you throw away, they could contain sensitive personal information; when you toss them out, it’s hard telling in whose hands they’ll end up. For the sake of safety on both accounts, it’s responsible to research the proper ways of disposing your devices.
Getting Rid of The Clutter
Before you decide how you want to get rid of your electronics, think about their condition, as this will determine which method is best for you. If your electronics are in good condition, consider donating them to a local organization—this will mean you need to perform a hard reset before handing them over.
If the devices are old or broken to the point of being useless, seek out an e-recycling program. You could mail in your devices, drive them to the nearest collection point, or find out when a local collection event might be taking place in your area.
It might feel like a lot of extra steps to get rid of your old electronics, but it’s safer for both you and the environment if you take the responsible approach.