How To Dispose of Electronics
Here are some options to help you dispose of your old electronics correctly, protecting the environment, and also making some money. But first things first: make sure the device is unlocked, and you deleted logins and personal information adequately, in a way not possible to restore.
Amazon Trade-In Program gives a gift card in exchange for items like phones, tablets, video games, books, DVDs, and CDs. It will provide you with a free shipping label, so all you have to do is pack and mail the items.
Best Buy offers a state-by-state list of all items the store will accept. Just drop off the items at a participating store, or you can schedule a pickup from your house for a small fee if you’re not purchasing any new products.
Staples gives you a gift card that you can use on anything in the store or online when you trade in an old device. You can do it in-store or online shipping for free.
Gazelle pays for your used electronics by check, PayPal, or Amazon gift card. Verify on their website if the item is accepted. Shipment is free.
Recycle Program can be active in your city, which you can find out searching on the internet.
Apple Recycle Program offers an Apple Store gift card for several products.
RLG Americas offers an easy mail-back solution for many brands. Pack, label, and drop it off at FedEx.
You can find more options in this article from Engadget.
And if you want to donate, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other institutions accept electronics.
When nothing else is possible, go to the manufacturer’s website or get in contact with customer service to check for a recycling program.
You can also try a clean installation to give your old computer a second chance.