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I’m pretty sure we all have some dead tech. Or perhaps the device works but is obsolete. What is the proper way to get rid of it? In case you did not know, it is ILEGAL to dispose of your electronics in the household trash.
Let’s define what I mean by “dead tech.” I am talking about personal, consumer electronics like desktop, laptop, and tablet computers. This would include things attached to the computer like the monitor, keyboard/mouse, and printer.
We are not talking about phones and large electronic appliances like stoves and refrigerators.
There are many reasons to recycle. The most obvious is the environment. Computers often have metals like gold, copper, and cadmium. Old CRT monitors have lead. These can be toxic and do not need to be in the landfill.
The fore-mentioned metals also have value and can be purified and reused. There is an active metal recovery program in the USA. It is much cheaper and easier to recover gold and other metals from circuit boards than to mine if from the earth.
My computer/device works; what can I do with it?
Sell it. eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace are all places you can sell your working technology. Make sure it works, and make sure your ad includes why you are selling it and any issues you know. You may not get much, but it is better to send it to someone who can use it.
Donate it. Goodwill and similar organizations will sometimes accept electronics. Not all will take it, so check before delivering a load to them.
Some organizations accept working technology to be shipped to third-world nations for use in schools. I understand they exist, but I don’t have any experience with this type of group, so I don’t have a recommendation.
Give it away. The local Penny Saver paper has an “I have/I need” page. You can list it on the “I have” side of the page for people to pick up for free. Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist will let you place an ad for a free item as well as one for sale.
The tech is dead! Where can I bury it?
In NYS, the best place to go for information is the Department of Environmental Conservation. The web address is https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66872.html. There it shows you the how and the where to get rid of your dead tech.
Electronic manufacturers are obligated to provide a free and relatively easy way to get rid of your old computer. The DEC has provided a list of companies and phone numbers to their recycling programs at https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/82084.html.
They also have a list of electronic drop-off sites at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/ewcosites.pdf.
Many towns and villages offer electronic disposal days. Keep an eye out in your local paper or village newsletter.
Most of these places let you drop your dead tech off for free, but there may be a $10-$50 charge for specific items like old CRT monitors. So, ask first if that is a concern.
It is Spring! Let’s do some electronics cleaning and safely and legally get rid of the old technology.