How do you properly dispose of your cables and chargers for your old gadgets?
What do you do when you want to properly dispose of old wires and chargers?
Try putting them up on ebay or craigslist and see if someone wants them. At the very least take them to a local Goodwill or thrift store and get a tax write-off.
Best Buy doesn't recycle that stuff themselves, they take everything and sell it off by the pound. Then a third party either re-sells it, or (maybe) recycles it.
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If I don't do that, then they just sort of sit around for a long time. I haven't ever tried to recycle them before.
Otherwise, the more obscure the charger or cable, the more likely it has some value to someone else who's looking for a replacement to keep their gadget going. I've found those crazy proprietary adapters and cables tend to find a secondhand buyer. An Apple ADC-DVI adapter is still like gold today, for instance.
Failing that - if it's really worthless or generic - recycle it.
Companies used to dump is waterways, which doesn't happen anymore so be thankful and put the stuff in the trash. Sometimes you can donate the old stuff if it still works, like an old Xbox or laptop but for a non working MP3 player there's not much you can do. Best Buy sends their stuff to industrial waste places in China where people scavenge the landfill so out of sight out of mind isn't really the case. Here or there doesn't really help anyone, plus all the fuel it takes to transport the stuff!
PS Lots of old cables can be used for new products so I would at least go through them first.
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