Dumping Gear the Green Way


If you collect as many gadgets as I do, it’s inevitable a percentage will outlive their usefulness. In the past, I’ve purchased Office Depot’s tech recycling boxes ($5) to unload that broken and limited-value gear. In fact, I’ve got an overflowing box ready go. Which is why LifeHacker’s recent coverage of Best Buy’s expanded recycling program is nicely timed. Instead of purchasing another OD box, I’ll be taking an obsolete ink jet printer to Best Buy. A word of warning – they don’t accept hard drives and devices with displays (laptops, TVs, monitors) incur a $10 fee. Although, that’s returned to you in the form of a gift card.

5 thoughts on “Dumping Gear the Green Way”

  1. Of course, the first and best method of recycling is to get gear to folks who want it – family, friends, schools, Craigslist, or Freecycle. But some of it is just junk and needs to go. Related, I’ve got another printer (AOI) that I’m going to give to a pal… as I’m done overpyaing and frequently replacing ink jet cartridges. (I replaced my HP with this wireless/wired Brother laser printer – in a few weeks of use, I’ve got no complaints. It’s fast and quiet enough. Works with both Win and OS X.)

  2. My taxes pay for one of the easiest recycling programs in the country. I just drive over to the nearby transfer station and ditch up to 5 computers for free. :)


    * Five each of the same type of electronic per household (for example, 5 TV’s, 5 monitors, 5 CPU’s, 5 printers, etc.)

  3. Greg, anything of value I ebay. Well the ebay consignment shop does. They take a hefty cut, but deal with the scammers and shipping for me. We just dropped off Melissa’s old Blackberry and a large (unused) external hard drive on Sunday.

    Scott, I see why you used a TinyURL. Your tax dollars obviously don’t also cover sensible web addresses. ;) Unfortunately TinyURLs do have a shelf life – not sure how long it is, but at least a few days I hope.

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