How to Sell or Recycle Outdated Devices

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How to Sell or Recycle Outdated Devices

When you upgrade your smartphone, tablet, or computer, what do you do with the old one? Many of us aren’t in the habit of recycling our old devices, but it makes a big difference for the environment if you recycle instead of toss. Plus recycling and sales options are available all over, so it’s not hard to do!

Next time you have an old device to be discarded, be sure to use one of these options:

Upgrade it

Manufacturers and carriers both offer upgrade programs from time to time. If you’re in the mood for a new device, check with your carrier or favorite manufacturer to see if you can trade in your old one for a great deal.

Sell it

Many used devices have pretty decent resale value. Try one of these sites to get a quote:

  • The Cult of Mac buys Apple devices of all kinds, with recycling options for older devices
  • NextWorth buys used devices of all brands, including video games, cameras, and wearables

Recycle it

If you can’t get cash from your electronic device, don’t toss it! The heavy metals used to make computers, tablets, and smartphones are harmful to the environment if they end up in a landfill — but they can be recycled from old devices.

Many manufacturers offer free recycling programs, and so do major electronics retailers. EcoATM offers thousands of recycling kiosks nationwide, with locations in almost every state.

You might earn some cash for your old device, but whether you sell or recycle, you can feel confident you’re keeping heavy metals out of the landfill—and putting them back into new devices!

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