Moving to a new home can be overwhelming for many, but it is also a good opportunity for you to go through your belongings and donate, sell, or throw away the items you no longer need. During this organization and packing process, many people discover that they are holding onto old, damaged, or otherwise unwanted electronics. In today’s society where it seems a new computer, tablet, smartphone, or other fun electronic device is coming out everyday, it is no wonder our closets are full of outdated devices.
While it can be tempting to simply toss your old electronics in the trash and keep on packing, this can actually be extremely harmful to the environment. Furthermore, this is quite wasteful. That being said, there are several different options for getting rid of your old electronic devices that won’t harm the environment and will leave you with a clean conscience. As full service Fort Worth movers, we are here to help you with all aspects of your move, and this includes helping you find a home for all those unwanted and no longer used items.
Electronic waste, also referred to as eWaste, is not only toxic, but it actually hurts your bank account. When you are forced to constantly replace items, you may be spending outside of what you can actually afford. That being said – our local Fort Worth movers encourage you to take extra time when packing for your move when going through your old electronics. Ask yourself if there are any items that you may be able to make a few bucks on, whether from selling on eBay, Craigslist, or your local pawn shop.
Trust us, it will be worth the effort of selling these items when you have some extra cash in your hands! Once you have gone through all your electronics and separated out the items worth selling, be sure to follow the below tips for recycling the remaining electronics.
What Electronics Can be Recycled?
For starters, just about any electronics can be recycled. Common consumer electronics, like TVs, computers, printers, ink cartridges, cell phones, audio equipment, and video game consoles are accepted by most recycling programs for free. Larger items, such as appliances, may be excluded from some in-store recycling programs, however, there are other eco-friendly options. A good resource is your state’s government website. It should have information on what electronics are accepted at your city’s recycling center, and should also give you tips for what to do with other items.
How to Recycle Electronics
There are two main ways to recycle electronics:
- Direct to Manufacturer – Many people do not realize this, but most electronics manufacturers have a recycling program in place, and they are free. All you will need to do is go to the website of the manufacturer, fill out a form, and they will send you a prepaid envelope or box that you can return your electronics in for recycling.
- Drop Off at Retail Store – Many retail stores – such as Best Buy, Staples, Target, and Office Depot – have recycling programs available at their stores. In fact, some of these stores will even accept electronics for recycling that were purchased elsewhere.
When packing for a move, be sure and think about what you are going to do with all those unwanted electronics you uncover. While it can be tempting to simply toss them, this is toxic to the environment and there are better options. To schedule a move with our local Dallas moving company, please contact Condor Moving Systems today.