Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recycle Your Obsolete Devices!

by Eliot Woodrich





Did you know that you could recycle your used electronics in a more sustainable way than disposing them in the trash, and sometimes you can even be paid for it?


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If you have an old cell phone, tablet, computer or other that has been made obsolete and replaced, you can often return the device to the manufacturer, or to your mobile provider for a cell phone. Sometimes, if the device is in suitable condition or valuable to the manufacturer, you may or may not receive a rebate. This depends highly on the device and manufacturer.

Here is an example from Apple:
https://www.apple.com/recycling/ipod-cell-phone/

And from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/recycle

As well as Samsung, the largest Android phone manufacturer.
http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/citizenship/usactivities/environmentalinitiatives/recyclingdirect/


Many more exist, and in some cases, asking the company directly may be the 
best option to determine whether a recycling program exists or they may suggest an alternative. Consider recycling your electronics next time they become "obsolete" and help yourself and the environment.

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