Why It’s so Hard to Junk ElectronicsWe find these devices throughout our homes and work-spaces. Televisions, DVD players, office machines, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops and many more, all become electronic waste the moment they are no longer useful. These are joined by everyday appliances, which only add to the logistics of dealing with such waste.
Imagine a 176-pound (80 kilogram) pile of discarded products with a battery or plug in your living room. That’s how much e-waste the average American household of four throws out every year. Around the world, as incomes rise and prices fall, the yearly e-waste mountain is growing, reaching 44.7 million metric tonnes (Mt) in 2016. That includes old refrigerators, television sets, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, mobile phones, computers, and much more. —National GeographicThe fact of the matter is, it’s very difficult to manage so much waste. Even other common household items, like leftover paint has its uses but at some point, must be thrown out. And that’s where many people run into problems. Unlike ordinary household trash, when it comes to electronic waste disposal, appliances and hazardous materials, you can’t simply put it on the curb for pick up.
Top Electronic Waste Disposal OptionsWhen electronics aren’t good for anything to you, trying to rid your home of them can present a big challenge. Here are some electronic waste disposal options you can use:
- Sell it. Yes, sell it. There are places which buy (for very little money), used electronics. While you won’t end up with a windfall, you’ll achieve your goal.
- Recycle it. Some large retailers offer recycling options for electronic waste. Before you cart that stuff to one of these recycling collection spots, be sure to call ahead and ask what is and what isn’t accepted.
- Donate it. If it’s in working condition, you might be able to donate it to a local church, school, or shelter. It’s worth a try and you might even receive a tax write-off in return. Keep in mind, though, it’s got to be in working, usable condition to donate it.
- Give it away. You can also give it away. Just put the word out and spread it far and wide. Someone might find it useful and welcome. Or, sell your e-waste online to hobbyists. For example, if you have several smartphones or tablets, they might be appealing to someone else.