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How to Recycle Electronics

Your Target: Trade In or Recycle Outdated Electronics

No more excuses for cluttering an apartment (or worse, a landfill!) with unused electronics as Target has expanded the amount of stores offering their electronics trade-in service.

Bring calculators, DVDs, video games, iPods, iPads, iPhones, cell phones, and Nintendo DS units to more than 1,400 of Target's 1,762 stores. These products are evaluated for their current worth at the store and customers can walk away with a prepaid Target gift card with the value amount.

If you have electronics that are too old to qualify for Target's buy-back system, not to worry; there are many options to ease your e-load.

  • Electronic recycling — To ensure electronics don't end up in landfills or are otherwise improperly disposed of, find a certified e-waste recycler near you, who can properly strip the devices of their recyclable parts. 1800Recycling.com provides nationwide resources. It can also be as easy as searching Google or Yelp for organizations that will recycle and delete and sensitive information from your goods.
  • Give it back to the manufacturer — Many technology manufacturers offer recycling of their own goods. Dell, Samsung, and Apple are among those that offer recycling solutions, and sometimes a discount on future goods, to customers.
  • Donate — Donate old computers to schools in need and charity organizations like Goodwill, which uses an online donation calculator to immediately show how the product will benefit the community.
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AlexandraMD AlexandraMD 6 years
Usell.com searches top rated electronic buy back companies that are paying cash for gadgets I no longer use. Last week I got $51 for my Blackberry.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
Best Buy also accepts old electronics, appliances, and even old cables and cords for recycling. They do charge $10 for anything with a screen, but turn around and give you a $10 gift certificate to the store. Don't really get it, but it's better than sending a tv to a landfill.
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