Michael Thomas Eckhardt – How to Safely Dispose of Old Technology

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If you have something in common with technology buffs like Michael Thomas Eckhardt, then you probably have a stack of old cellphone, tablets, laptops and more hidden away somewhere. The home that does not have a box cables for devices that stopped being manufactured decades ago is a rare home indeed!  For some of us, we may be reluctant to finally get rid of those stacks and boxes because they represent a real investment of significant financial resources, and it is hard to believe that it they are now just things to be gotten rid of.  For others, however, the challenges in in trying to figure out what do actually do with them.  We all know that they can’t simply be tossed in the trash.  Here are some options to consider.

Recycle

Many people don’t know this, but the manufacturers of many common pieces of technology will take it back and recycle it safely and responsibly.  Apple, Dell, LG, Nintendo, Samsung and Sony are just a few of the companies that offer Recycling Programs.  Some even have arrangements in place for free shipping to their recycling centers.  Best Buy, with locations across the country, will accept just about any old piece of technology for recycling so if your old tech’s manufacturer doesn’t offer a program for recycling, you can always bring it to your closest location.

Donate

There are many great programs that accept technology donations.  Some of these are nation-wide and support the goal of providing technology for low income families, charities, victims of domestic violence, and other communities. There are several national services that can help you find local charities or programs that will happily accept your donations, but if you are unable to find one, you can always drop off usable technology at community centers, shelters, churches, or schools.

Sell

As they one, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  If you want to try to recoup some of the investment you made in your technology, you can always check out sources like Craigslist or Ebay to list your items for sale.  The reality is, however, that most second hand technology is fairly hard to sell at even a fraction of the original price. You might find that it makes more sense to include these items in a garage sale or something similar. However, even older gadgets and tech may have some value to someone – consider bundling items together for sale, or consider approaching computer or other technology repair shops as they might be on the lookout for particular items.

These are just some of the ways that you can find a new home for your old technology.  Whatever you choose, be sure that you protect yourself and your data by ensuring that your old tech has been wiped clean of your personal information.