It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with happy cheers, and lots of new electronics being gifted! Approximately 30% of total annual electronics sales are made in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in the United States, which is 10% higher than the average percentage of all other retail sales. While big smiles appear on faces of so many who have new tech toys, consumers often end up stumped on how to get rid of their old toys. Did you know the average American household has 176 pounds of unused electronics? Here are three answers for where to rid yourselves of your e-dust collectors:
1. Bring your items to a responsible e-recycler who’s saving the planet.
The United States produces more e-waste annually than any other country. Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics every year. Electronics recyclers in your area can be found via Google for example, but not all e-recyclers are created equal. Residents beware! Only those who are certified in recycling electronics responsibly should be given your old gear. That way you know your tech WON’T end up in landfills or other countries where hazardous toxins are exposed to residents, workers, and the environment. Be a healthy hero! Pick an e-recycler nearest you by visiting sustainableelectronics.org/recyclers. Also, many major retailers like Best Buy, Staples, and Verizon will take your e-waste for recycling but be sure to call first to make sure they’ll accept your items.
2. Roll in dough by selling your items to sites like sellyourtech.com . On Average, U.S. adults plan to spend $478 on tech gifts in 2017. Get some cash towards that budget by selling your gently used electronics! Broken items are accepted too but you won’t get as much cash back, or at all, unfortunately. Newer phones, tablets, and laptops will get you the most dough. With consumers consistently purchasing the latest and greatest electronics, the outcome has led to new heights never reached before. For example, there are more than 7.2 billion phones in existence which is more than there are people living on earth! Buy-back companies refurbish items to be reused, ultimately reducing the amount of e-waste in the world, and making you, once again, a healthy hero!
3. Be an e-donor and raise funds for a cause, it’s a win-win!
Join the largest giving month of the year, December! There are sites like dellreconnect.com that take phones or other electronics as a donation towards supplying their local communities with tech. Another site called generosity.tech allows users to create their own campaigns for a cause and anyone can donate phones, tablets, or laptops to that cause. So, after you receive your new e-gift this holiday season, check out these sites!
Now that you know what to do with your old tech toys, you can get ahead of the game and stick to “out with the old, in with the new”. One last thing to keep in mind is that Sunnking has residential electronic collection events throughout the upstate NY area throughout the year. In a few weeks our 2018 schedule will be up on our website, Sunnking.com, so stay tuned! Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365! Enjoy all the new tech toys and have a happy holiday season!