Electronic devices such as cell phones, televisions and laptop computers are part of our busy, technologically advanced lifestyles. But what happens when one of those devices breaks or you upgrade to a newer model?
The ecologically-responsible thing to do would be to donate it, sell it for extra cash, or recycle them. Several companies in Tulsa will gladly take care of those old electronics so they don't end up in the landfill. Here are a few suggestions for what to do with your no-longer-used electronics.
One option for unneeded items is to donate it to someone who could use them. Neighborhood schools can always use donations of computers and equipment for class projects, and thrift shops like Goodwill Industries often accept donations of electronics as long as they are in working order and have all parts. In fact, there are 46+ thrift stores, resale and consignment shops in Tulsa. Call before loading your car to see what they will accept.
Recycle your iPhone, iPad, cell phone or laptop for cash. eCycle wants to keep these items out of the landfill and are willing to pay cash incentives for people to recycle them. The devices are repaired and refurbished and find their way to someone who needs them. The process is simple: visit the website, request a quote and a free shipping box to send your items in. You can choose to be paid by check or via PayPal.
Natural Evolution Inc. is a company that provides electronic waste recycling services to individuals and businesses. Items accepted are: computers, phones and phone systems, small appliances, batteries, VCRs, and radios. For large items or ones you have in-bulk, (company computers, printers, copiers, etc.) if you call in advance, they can schedule a free pickup. Hard drives are wiped to protect privacy. Call (918) 836-7558 for more information.
The MET is an organization that operates 13 recycling centers and works with government agencies to educate people about recycling and the environment. The centers accept used laptops, iPhones, computer monitors, keyboards, fax machines, computer towers, cameras and DVD players as well as some other household electronics. Electronic waste is accepted Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. - noon.
Disposing of unwanted items in a safe manner is an important part of keeping our environment clean. If you have any other ideas or suggestions to reduce, reuse or recycle household electronics, leave them in the comments section below.