Recycling Electronics

We love tech. We love the experience of opening the box of a new iPhone or tablet and peeling off the wrapper. We complain about how slow our phones are, about how the newest one has this or that feature. We always forget something when we talk about our tech: for all the flaws our… Read more »

by JoshuaHodgkin 10 months ago

We love tech. We love the experience of opening the box of a new iPhone or tablet
and peeling off the wrapper. We complain about how slow our phones are, about how the newest one has this or that feature. We always forget something when we talk about our tech: for all the flaws our tech may have, it does still function perfectly. They may have lost their edge after a couple of years hard work, but they still do their job.

I know you’re dying to get the shiniest thing but spare a thought for what it replaces. What happens after you cast it aside? Tech is filled with ecological nasties, chemicals which can hurt the planet when sent to landfill. Here’s a few ideas for how to dispose of your old tech this Christmas.

Sell it!

Not only do you get some cash, but you’re doing the best thing possible for the planet. Someone else gets to use your tech, giving it a new life, and you’ve diverted one more item from landfill! That way, you feel good about helping the planet. Sites such as eBay and shops like CeX will help you sell your tech. When it comes to instant cash, companies like Envirofone and Mazuma Mobile will buy them. However, if you can hang on, you tend to get the best money from private sales.

Gift it!

Perhaps you’ve got a younger sibling who needs a phone upgrade. Well, you’ve just got a new phone, right? Why not treat them? By passing your phone through the family, the recipient knows and trusts the person who gave it to them! Not only that, but you’ll feel good about yourself. Just make sure you’ve looked after your device well.

Recycle it!

Earlier, I mentioned companies like Envirofone. When you sell your phone to them, they will often recycle the parts in an eco-friendly way. This makes it a great option when your phone may have a cracked screen, or maybe it doesn’t charge. Whatever it is, they’ll still give you some cash, and dispose of it safely.

Want to put these tips into practise? Pop over to my article on page 90 and find out what the hottest tech trends are this month!