Over fifty million tons of electronics waste were dumped worldwide in 2020. So, what do you do if you have broken electronics, but you don’t want to contribute to the waste in the world?
Let’s go through what to do with broken electronics.
If you’re an artist, broken electronics can be an excellent medium for creating new works. Transform your old electronics into something entirely new. Use your old smartphone as part of a new art installation.
If you’re not an artist, you might want to offer your old electronics to an art program or school in your area. They might be able to breathe new life into your old electronics.
The easiest thing for you to do with your broken electronics is to recycle them. Look for a suitable electronics recycler in your area. In the United States, you can look to the e-Steward network for recommendations for recyclers.
How you recycle will also depend on the types of electronics you’re recycling. Some may be easy, while others might require more specialized care. For example, particularly large electronics may be more difficult to recycle; cell phone recycling is relatively easy.
Some manufacturers may offer recycling programs, so look at your product information and see if there’s one available for the electronics you’re trying to get rid of.
In some areas, there might be e-waste collection events so that you can get rid of a lot of your electronics waste at once.
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If your old electronics still have some functionality, you should try and donate them wherever possible. That way, people will still be able to get some use out of your old items.
And, if the problem with your electronics is minor, you may want to get them repaired before you donate. For example, you can look at two way radios repair so that people will still be able to use your old items.
You can give your old, working electronics to community organizations in your areas. Public schools always need more supplies, and they may be in need of your specific items.
There are also specific organizations that collect old electronics, so contact one in your area if you’re looking to donate your old electronics quickly.
If your items are able to be repaired, you can also look into flipping electronics. You probably won’t get as money as you initially paid, but you’ll be able to get some money back.
Once you’ve repaired your old electronics, you can take them to an electronics consignment store or pawn shop. They can evaluate your items and see how much they’re worth.
Make Use of Your Broken Electronics Today
Hopefully, you know know what to do with your broken electronics, so they don’t just clutter up your house.
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