You have an old computer, TV, or even a few old phones and don’t know who will recycle electronics in Pinellas county. But luckily, you have eCycle! We recycle all items such as TVs and laptops, which are our favorite devices. But, perhaps our most beloved device is our mobile phones. These tiny miracles of computing power are our best friends. Gartner, a tech research firm, predicts that over 1.5 billion mobile phones will be shipped by 2021. This is approximately 1 for 5 people.
Unless each gadget is traded in for a different device, it eventually reaches its end of use and becomes electronic garbage. This is a problem. According to a United Nations study, 53.6 million tons of e-waste were discarded in 2021. Only 17.4 percent of e waste was properly disposed of.
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Ways to Safely Dispose of Your Electronic Waste
Consumers can take steps to reduce their E-waste footprint on Earth Day (April 22), and every other day. These products can often be recycled and reused in large quantities, including metals and plastics. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display claims it contains more than 40 percent recycled content.
Electronics can contain toxic substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium that must be disposed of safely. There have been 25 states that have passed laws requiring the recycling of old electronics. There are safe ways to dispose of old electronics no matter where they live.
Here are your options after that:
1. Send it to eCycle!
There are many options available to recycle your old electronics.
COVID-19 may limit access. Before you leave home, make sure to check with the drop-off location to verify that it is open and accepts recyclables.
Recycling at the eCycle Florida extensive recycling center would be the safest and smartest way to recycle your E-waste.
2. Donate It
You can be sure that your gadget will still work if you have it in good condition. In many cases, it may even be functional. Start by looking for local recreation centers and organizations that assist older persons. You can use your donation next year to deduct the cost of your receipt. These are some other programs that will help you donate your old devices to those who really need them.
- Dell Reconnect a partnership with Goodwill accepts all brands of computers and “just about everything that can be connected” to computers, according to the website. Drop off your used device at any of the Goodwill locations across the country.
- The World Computer Exchange has a mission to reduce the digital divide in developing nations and promote proper recycling and reuse of electronic devices. It distributes used computers and peripherals to communities all over the globe.
- eBay for Charity allows you to sell your devices (or any other device) and give part or all the proceeds to a charity of your choice.
Recycling Programs Available for You
Many retailers and electronics manufacturers offer strong recycling programs. The chart on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Website allows you to search for programs by product or company. These are just a few examples of many programs that allow consumers to recycle their old electronics. For more information on the program, visit the website of your retailer or brand.
- Amazon provides gift cards for almost any type of electronic device as well as music CDs, and video games. You may be eligible to receive a limited-time promotional credit toward a new Amazon device.
- Apple’s Giving Back program gives you up to $1,530 in gift cards and in-store credit for qualifying items. Apple will accept and recycle any product not eligible for the program.
- Best Buy offers to recycle electronics from all brands.
- Staples and Office Depot reward program members receive $2 per cartridge (subject to some restrictions), for up 10 or 20 cartridges each month. Many printer manufacturers, such as HP and Epson have their own recycling programs.
- Sprint’s buyback program provides account credits for any mobile phone from any carrier. You can find more information on the manufacturer’s site.
- Bring it to eCycle Florida, we will recycle your electronics in Pinellas county!
Choose eCycle Florida
eCycle Florida is an R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. We have the processes and procedures to dispose of and recycle your electronics properly. eCycle Florida is your go-to when looking for an electronic recycling center in Florida. Check out the services in the multitude of industries that we offer:
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