Think green when disposing of electronics
The technology industry is rapidly evolving, and as a result, people are constantly looking for the latest and greatest tablet, laptop or gaming console, among other gadgets. However, just because one device has been replaced doesn't mean the old one can simply be thrown away. When it comes to disposing of electronics, recycling is often the smarter option.
There are several reasons why recycling electronics makes sense. Many computers and other gadgets are toxic and can harm the environment if not properly disposed of.
Furthermore, many of these devices retain their value even if one user is finished with them. For example, if a business decides to upgrade its desktop computers to all-in-one PCs or laptops, the older systems can be donated to schools or nonprofits that may not have the funding to purchase computers of their own.
In many cases, certain computer components can also be salvaged and sold by second-hand electronic retailers. Many of these outlets will even offer to purchase parts or entire systems from the previous owner.
According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, 23 states will have banned electronic waste from landfills by 2012. As a result, many states are now enforcing recycling programs for electronic devices.