Recycling Electronics Just Got Super Easy
Friday, 16 September 2011
It is a sad reality of the times we live in, but the iPad 2 makes last year’s iPad look like a chunky coffee coaster. And Lord help us when the FlicFlex prototype (shown in the above video) comes to market. Technology moves so fast that it’s created new consumerist problems for those who want to keep up – what do you do with old gadgets? One way to ensure your tech habits have a lower impact on the planet is to make sure old electronics get properly recycled. PCMag.com’s Electronics Recycling Superguide offers a ton of great ways to recycle, trade in, and even make money off your old technology. The guide is pretty super, with more than 20 listed manufacturers, from Apple to Xerox, that will gladly take back their old products to keep them out of the landfill — many with free shipping. Also check out the list of retailers to whom you can hand-deliver your goods and get the scoop on who waives the recycling fee (Radio Shack), who pays for your ink cartridges (Staples), and who won’t accept products containing freon (Best Buy). Looking for a little something beyond the joy of recycling? A bunch of sites pay cash for your pre-owned gadgets, with some boasting an average payout of $115.