It’s that time to spring clean your tech clutter and to get organized. Spring is the perfect time to clean and dust your tech drawer clutter. Chances are, you’ve got an old cell phone or two stuffed in a drawer or an outdated TV gathering dust in the basement or a printer that doesn’t really work any more.
Most of these gadgets can’t even be fixed (or in many cases it’s cheaper to buy a new one). Or maybe the kids had to have that new game system and quickly forgot the old one. Unlike the usual cleaning, it’s not as simple as dropping these outdated gadget toys into the trash. Some of the materials, like the cathode ray tubes in televisions, can be hazardous in landfills, and other items that still work can be donated instead of ditched.
Here are my three favorite tips to help you when it comes to your has-been electronics. Many big chain stores (such as Staples and Best Buy) and manufacturers (like Apple and Sony) have created “take back” programs to beef up their “green” game by offering incentives or resources to recycle old consumer gadgets. Check out Engadget to find the most comprehensive list (including stores, manufacturers, and government agencies) for these “take back” programs.
Many gadgets can be recycled. Here are a few sites that can help you find the best options for your area. Earth911.com and MyGreenElectronics.org both allow you to search for a recycling center by ZIP code. ElectronicsRecycling.org is also a great resource to find collection events taking place locally.