Before you chuck it, see if your electronic home appliances and mobile devices can be repaired by a handy person. Often a small fix can have these products working like new, saving you both time and money, and reducing your footprint by delaying the need to buy a new item.
If you’re upgrading, return your electronics to a retailer for a credit on a new device. If an item you have is beyond the refurbishing option, a good place to take it is your nearest Best Buy store. They take nearly all kinds of electronics, from toaster ovens to hard drives.
It’s wrong to put electronics in the trash because they’ll end up in landfills where they can leach toxins into the environment.
It’s also wrong to put electronics in the curbside recycle because e-waste is a recycling contaminant that makes standard recycling more difficult and more costly — because these items must be filtered out and properly disposed of. Learn more about e-waste »