Say "NO" to Landfill. Say "YES" to Recycle.
I have accumulated a tablet, cell phone, and two laptops that need to be recycled. Some of my equipment has value in the secondary market for use "as is” but most of it is only good for reclamation. The older equipment will be dismantled and the metal, plastic and glass will be stripped for use in the manufacturing of new products, reducing the need to mine raw materials.
Below are a few of the many ways you can trade-in and/or properly recycle your electronics. The companies listed below have free mail-in programs! Read on to learn about these programs at Staples, Dell and Best Buy.
Find Electronics Recycling Near You
Staples Limited Time Offer
My $10 reward will go toward the purchase of a 64GB Lexar Jumpdrive (like a thumb drive) which will enable me to have a portable data transportation device that is encrypted and has super-fast data transfer to my computer.
To sign-up for the Staples Reward program visit www.staples.com/rewards. The program is free. You must be 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address and email address.
Dell Offers Trade-in Program and Free Recycling
The trade-in and recycling program is outsourced to Reuse, Inc.
Best Buy Offers Trade-in and Recycling with Geek Squad Support
Best Buy claims to be the largest retail collection site for recycling of electronics in the United States. They have recycled 1 Billion pounds of materials. Their goal is to recycle 2 Billion pounds by 2020. Read more on the FAQ pages.
www.bestbuy.com/tradein or www.bestbuy.com/recycle
Retail and Manufacturers Take Back Programs
Cleaning Personal Information from Your Device
Before you ship or drop off the products for recycling:
- Back up your data;
- Delete the data on the hard drive and any other storage devices;
- Remove diskettes, CDs, or PC cards.
Here are two links to YouTube videos that demonstrate how to permanently erase the data on your PC and Mac systems and restore the operating systems.
MAC - Andy's 4 minute video
PC - Tech Deal's 9 minute video
If you are uncomfortable with the process call your local computer service company for their help.
You will find smartphone RESET instructions through YouTube. Remove your SD card before recycling or trading-in.
iPhone Reset - MacWorld 2 minute video
Android Reset - Android Authority's 4 minute video