As you prepare to put your house on the market by clearing out unnecessary items you’ve accumulated over the years, you’re likely to come across some old, long-unused electronic devices from years past, along with cords, chargers and accessories. You may even have larger items, like an old television set or a decades-old computer taking up space in the garage or basement.
Throwing these items away isn’t always easy. Many towns have rules that regulate the collection of electronic devices, and many won’t collect them during curbside pickup. The good news is that there are environmentally-friendly ways to dispose of these items.
That outdated computer and old TV may be worthless to you, but there may very well be someone who can put them to good use. If your items are in working condition, a local organization, such as a senior center, may be interested in them. Or contact a local church or charity that helps disadvantaged people.
There are also national organizations that can benefit from your old gadgets. For example, Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts old smartphones and sells them to be refurbished, with any profits going toward calling cards that are given to servicemen and women, allowing them to call home.
If you’ve got a box of unwanted devices and chargers, contact your local municipality, which may have a recycling center. There are also businesses devoted to recycling, and many stores and online retailers accept these items, some may even offer store credit in exchange of your stuff.
One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. You can sell almost anything on eBay, including older iPhones, Game Boys and even Walkman cassette players. If you want to sell things quickly, look at what comparable items are priced at and offer yours at a bargain rate.
Some things are just useless and have no value to anyone. If that’s the case, throwing them away is the best option. Check with your town’s rules and regulations, and if they don’t collect electronic devices, there may be a county or state-wide agency that does. Also, check if your town has specific days where it accepts electronics.
Getting rid of your old technology safely will clear away clutter while doing right by the environment.