Technology changes rapidly, which means you probably upgrade your electronics every year or so. If you are like most people, you probably have a draw or box of outdated items collecting dust in your house. Why let it continue to pile up when you can choose one of these three constructive ways to get rid of your gear?
1. Recycle Them
Electronics contain a wide range of metals and materials, most of which can be recycled. Look for a facility that offers computer recycling near you. Chances are they will also take some of the other tech gadgets that you have lying around, too. This is a win for you and the environment since it clears up space both in your home and landfills.
2. Donate Them
Tech can get really expensive — whether it’s a PC for schoolwork, a tablet to keep kids entertained or a cell phone to stay in touch with friends and family. The reality is that many families are unable to buy the latest gadgets. That means there are probably thousands of people who would absolutely love to have your outdated electronics. Look for charitable organizations that accept electronics. Many will wipe them clean and refurbish them before getting them to people most in need.
3. Sell Them
While some people might not view this as a constructive solution, your wallet definitely will. Keep in mind that there are a few things you will want to do before you decide to sell any unused electronics:
- Completely remove any personal or identifying information
- Disable Wifi connections
- Make a list of any features, including those that do not work properly
Taking these extra steps can make selling old electronics safer and easier. It allows potential buyers to know exactly what they are getting. That should not include your personal information, which is why it is so important to completely wipe any personal information from every internal drive.
If you have outdated electronics laying around, recycling, donating or selling them can clear up space and give them new life.