These days, the world of computer hardware, technology and Internet access moves at such a blinding pace, that oftentimes a brand new piece of equipment, camera, keyboard or laptop – all pieces of computer hardware – is obsolete before you even have the opportunity to figure out how it works! Unfortunately, trends are only moving quicker, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon, which means consumers are going to continue to spend their hard-earned tech dollars on computer hardware that will continue to quickly become out of date. Fortunately, big box stores, businesses and charitable nonprofit organizations have caught on to the new trend of recycling your old or outdated computer hardware, either to donate to a less fortunate family or for a company to sell for parts. Either way, your old technology can go to help a great cause – and anything is better than throwing (yet another!) smart phone in the garbage!
A quick Internet search for the words “recycle computer hardware” and your zip code will yield tons of options for recycling, selling or refurbishing your old parts. One great source is EcoSquid, a nationwide platform that helps consumers make smart decisions about their obsolete or antiquated electronics. For example, if you have an old computer monitor, it’s probably best to just donate or recycle it. If you have a barely used, like-new iphone or BlackBerry, you may be able to make some money back by reselling it. EcoSquid helps you differentiate the gems from the junk to make the most out of your computer hardware or old equipment.
Recycling computer hardware is quick, easy – and can even be a great money saver if you choose to write the donation off on next year’s tax return. So next time, before you toss that old, seemingly useless monitor, mouse or webcam in the trash bin, remember that it can actually be money in the bank!