Electronic devices are already considered as necessities of a modern lifestyle. Household appliances, personal gadgets, business equipment and industrial machines make use of electronics to perform tasks more efficiently. However, people should also bear in mind that the environment pays the price for the convenience offered by these devices. Giving them up without any alternative is definitely out of the question, but electronic users should at least make responsible choices in disposing their e-waste to protect the environment.
Three common culprits for the accumulation of e-waste are television sets, computers, and mobile phones. These are day to day tools that are often discarded for newer models. In the case of mobile phones where manufacturers dish out new product versions every year, it is likely for users to change models once a year too. There are some consumers who simply recycle mobile phones for cash so they could afford the new phone models. For those who are looking for an eco-friendly way to dispose their electronic devices, recycling for cash is probably the most practical option that one can get.
Just like mobile phones, television sets and computers can also be recycled for cash. However, the chances of finding established retailers for used mobile is easier than that of the other two. Nevertheless, one shouldn’t be complacent in selling their devices to just about anybody. People who really want to make sure that their devices will also be disposed properly need to choose establishments or retailers who are known for environmentally sound practices. There are recycling organizations that buy used mobile phones and re-sell their refurbished version to those who cannot afford brand new phones. Another sound option is to donate electronic devices to schools or institutions that need them. For instance, old desktop computers can be donated to local community colleges that lack funding. However, one should make sure that their devices are still functional or can easily be repaired without spending much.
Last but not the least is to send it over to accredited e-waste facilities or organizations that are certified to handle e-wastes. Most communities have recycling facilities in their locale or at least information on the location of e-waste pick-up points. There are also manufacturers who have a recycling program for their outdated products. These programs usually involve taking back non-functioning products from their consumers and repairing or refurbishing them for other uses. Consumers can look out for such programs and purchase their electronics from these manufacturers for a hassle free and environmentally sound disposal of e-waste.
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