When you're recycling a newspaper or a water bottle, the process is straightforward — place the item in the appropriate bin. But when it comes to recycling electronic waste or "e-waste," it can feel like your brain is short circuiting.
Inspired by the documentary film Terra Blight, which follows the path of broken and outdated electronics, we researched safe ways to dispose of those unwanted gadgets.
1.) Donate or sell your used electronics.
If your devices still have some juice, consider donating or selling them.
Websites like Gazelle will quote a price for cell phones and Apple products, provide free shipping, and then pay you for the product. You can choose a check, an Amazon gift card, or to have the amount credited to a PayPal account.
For donations, check with local schools, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill. Doing so will also qualify you for tax deductions.
Another donation option would be to look at organizations like the National Cristina Organization and the World Computer Exchange. These organizations repurpose old computers for youth, individuals with disabilities, or people who are struggling financially.
2.) Find an electronics recycler near you.