People these days have a lot of devices, gadgets, batteries, and cords; more than we know what to do with, sometimes. We are accumulating more electronic waste than we need, and it’s time to reign it in with some ecologically sound actions. Here are eight ways to manage the e-waste in your home.
1. Buy Fewer Things
Ask yourself if you really need that item before you buy it. Do you really have to have the latest iPhone, even if your current one works perfectly fine?
If you don’t organize your DVD or Blu-rays, wires, charging cords, batteries, gadgets, and more, you won’t ever really know what you have. This will end up with you buying duplicates you don’t need.
3. Give Away or Donate
If you have a device or computer you don’t need or want, donate it to someone who can use it. If it isn’t worth donating but it still works, you can even give it away on sites like FreeCycle or a Facebook yard sale group.
4. Return to Store
Many stores offer a buy-back program. If you’re buying a device new in-store, ask about trade-in options where you can get gift cards when you trade in your old stuff.
eBay and Kijiji are two great options for selling your electronics that you don’t want but are still in good shape. The longer you hold onto your old models, the more value they will lose, so sell them fast.
6. Local Recycling Options
Check out the RecycleMyElectronics site for drop-off locations near you. This will show you OES-approved location sites or events where you can take your unwanted electronics. Many stores also have boxes where you can drop off your used batteries to be recycled.
7. Plan Ahead
Instead of buying unnecessary items, really think about something before you buy it. How will you dispose of it when it’s no longer needed? Will it be more hassle than it’s worth? Do you already have a pile at home you need to deal with? Where will you take it?
8. Educate Yourself
Most e-gadgets are made out of toxic materials, so it’s important to properly dispose of them. Do your research; when you learn about the toxins present in your electronics it might help you reduce your e-waste.