5 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR E-WASTE
1. NEVER throw electronics away
This may seems obvious, but only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled each year! There are many alternatives to throwing an electronic away. Earth911.com allows you to search in your area for the item you want to recycle and gives you a donation location. Just type in your zip code and the electronic and they will give you a list of nearby places that accept your product.
2. Donate to Goodwill
Goodwill takes many forms of technology ranging from radios, video games, computer monitors, and almost anything that can plug into a computer! With the wide range of products accepted, Goodwill is a great resource for recycling old electronics.
3. Think before you buy
Before going all in on the latest and greatest product, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” There are many options before buying a brand new product. You can increase the life of current electronics by buying protective cases and installing inexpensive upgrades for increased space and speed. This idea leads to number four…
4. Buy electronics used
You can also find deals online from someone who is switching or upgrading their electronics! If you are worried about the products having problems, check reviews and return policy to ensure the legitimacy of the website and the possibility of return.
There are many outlets for buying used electronics. This ranges from Facebook groups, listings on EBay and Craigslist, or stores in town selling gently used products. By giving an electronic new life you can get a great deal and keep a product out of the landfill. Also, be sure to check out Goodwill’s Computer and Electronic store on 17th and Sumner!
5. Educate Yourself and Others
As you continue to learn about the benefits of e-cycling and recycling in general, spread your knowledge. If you discover a nearby recycling site that takes old electronics, tell your neighbors! If you get a great deal on a used iPhone, share the place or website with friends! Continue to educate yourself on e-waste and e-cycling, then spread the knowledge and we will continue to reduce e-waste in our community and world.