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While it may seem harmless on the outside, simply throwing away electronics or appliances is dangerous for a multitude of reasons. This is why it’s extremely important to dispose of or recycle old electronics properly. Often times, places such as Staples, Best Buy, or other electronics retailers may even purchase them to either properly dispose of or resell. If you came here looking for locations, the EPA’s website makes it easy to find a certified electronics recycler.
For unwanted laptops, Microsoft and Dell each have programs designed to put working technology in the hands of those who need it. If the laptop doesn’t work, they’ll safely recycle it for you in an effort to keep e-waste out of landfills.
What To Do Before Recycling Old Electronics
For all electronics, step one is to back up all of your data. Anything you don’t want to lose should be saved in either a cloud or physical capacity (SD card, hard drive, etc.). After backing up your data, a factory reset will wipe your personal data from the device so nobody who uses it after you has any access to your files.
For phones, after a factory reset it’s important to remove your SIM card. SIM cards often store some information- such as the device owner’s information and sometimes a limited number of contacts and messages. This often-forgotten step keeps your information safe.
After these few steps, you’re now on your way to recycling your old electronics!
TIP: Charging cables are also recyclable electronics.
Having an issue with an older device? Need help setting up a new device? No matter the problem, contact us and we’d be happy to help.