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August 26th 2012 11:02 pm

Do you properly recycle your old gadgets?

The short question, as per the title- do you recycle your old gadgets?

The long story:
At the beginning of July, I found myself faced with an odd situation. I realized I had kept (read: hoarded) a bunch of my old cell phones. Each in a different state of disrepair, none of which I would consider properly working or repairable I knew it was time to let go.

Now, I knew I wouldn't be able to pull any significant cash from them so I started to look into various routes of recycling. There are eco-centers designated for electronics disposal, and a bunch of carriers seem to have incentives to recycle old phones. Best Buy flipswap seemed pretty defunct and was not an option.

One caught my eye in particular. Telus plants a tree for each cell phone recycled in their stores. I went in with the satisfaction that my phones were going to be properly recycled, AND that a reforestation effort was getting a boost.

I was just curious as to how many people actually do something other than ending up polluting landfills. Have you found unique ways to reuse old tech? (Points for old iMacs becoming fishbowls)

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Where I live, there are no options such as the ones mentioned. But even if there was, I don't know if I would want to get rid of them. I have a lot of history with my gadgets and love them all so dearly. It would make me sad to donate them for recycling. I think I'm going to stick to holding on to them for quite a while, even if they're no longer repairable.
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The only real recycling I've done so far is stripping down my old computers and leaving the parts at Best Buy. None of it is resalable otherwise, and at least I know the parts will be broken down and recycled into new materials (for the most part).

The NYC.gov site has a lot of useful info about recycling old electronics if you live in the city:

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A very interesting and thoughful post !
I now will have to do something to keep my surrounding better.

Also, came across a nice post at Bloomberg,
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