What do you do with your ELECTRONIC GARBAGE??

E-Waste - Nowadays there's a lot of e-waste accumulating everywhere
@benthose (475)
India
April 13, 2008 10:40am CST
Nowadays, everyone tries to keep himself updated with the latest gizmos and gadgets.. When the new one is out, the previous one becomes history.. So what exactly do you do with them?? Throw them with the regular garbage?? Put them in a shelf forever?? Sell them off in eBay or something like that?? Or do you pass them on to those who might find it useful, though it might be old to you..?? Well, so far I have shelved all my e-waste, and it isn't much..
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28 responses
• India
13 Apr 08
I usually keep my stuff locked up in the attic.. I'm kinda sentimental when it comes to my electronics.. I just love them and I think its against my heart to sell them.. Im just waiting for a time, when there would be good recycling programs held in India.. then I would just give them up for recycling.. I have three cell phones.. , A discman, and a probable computer system.. I wouldn't throw them away with normal garbage as well cos it would add to pollution.. bourne
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@benthose (475)
• India
13 Apr 08
Me doing the same as you for the same reason!! And did you that even the better countries don't have a proper recycling program!! They just export it to India-like countries.. That's what you find in chor-baazars...
• India
13 Apr 08
lo... Thats why I always recommend against my friends buying that stuff.. well.. its better lying my closet than in the garbage bin causing pollution.. bourne
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
14 Apr 08
My e-waste is usually handed down to one of my children. I even gave an old computer to my mom once to get her started and then the next mothers day my brothers and I went in together to buy her a new one and the old one went to my nephew. There are agencies that will take old cell phones to be redone with access to 911 only and they are given to women that are in the process of escaping an abusive spouse. I wish I knew the name of this agency. Hard drives can be cleaned and the items given to Goodwill or to a needy school. Our county now offers an e-waste type recycling program once a year. I put a working printer out with my trash once and it was gone in 20 minutes flat and it was not trash pick-up day. I didn't need it so figured why not. Good discussion!
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@benthose (475)
• India
14 Apr 08
Yeah thanks.. And that was a good response!! Neat
@p_vadla (1687)
• India
13 Apr 08
I regularly use clean up software. Periodically review the content. Check for its utility as on that day. Delete all found unnecessary. Important ones I write to DVD and delete from the hard disk. Then I start afresh...
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@benthose (475)
• India
13 Apr 08
I think you haven't read the question properly.. Those things you mentioned are not e-waste.. E-waste is something like used and discarded electronic goods..
@freak369 (5123)
• United States
6 May 08
I try to recycle as much as I can. Any old cell phones can be donated to womens shelters, even through they don;t have service they can still use them to make emergency calls or get 9-1-1 service.
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@jayalaksmi (1041)
• India
5 May 08
I usually sell the old garbage. Selling the old garbage helps me to get some money out of it and also helps me to remain free from the waste that gathers in our house. It helps us to be free from the tension of arranging these wastes in our house.
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@gabrielle47 (1221)
• Philippines
19 Apr 08
I have some elctronic garbage myself but i don't consider them garbage not until they are not in working conditions anymore. I get to do a lot of cleaning these days with my things and find a lot of what you called electronic garbage. Some of it I keep as I still have use for it. I cannot dispose of them in the garbage as it may do more harm to the environment. A mall here have a drive in collecting all used cellphones, batteries, chargers, etc. I would probably give it to them as it will help our environment safer for our children.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
old stuffs can always be sold and bought, but if it really is hopeless just return the stuff to the manufacturer for recycling and safe disposal especially for monitors
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• Indonesia
17 Apr 08
Well, mostly I still keep them in special store room, especially those that have been broken. I have ever sold some back then, but they were still in good condition enough for the others to use. When they were no longer working, I wouldn’t sell them, well, probably would just think about something technical out of it. Sometimes there were some components that could be reuse, for other functionality. Now I start sounding like a MacGyver. LOL
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• United States
15 Apr 08
If it still works, I try to sell it. If it doesn't work then I recycle it. I hate having clutter around the house.
14 Apr 08
I give old computer stuff to training institutes. Because you know they cannot afford to buy new stuff for the fresh students to practice and spoil. In a way you are helping the newer generation learn.
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• United States
14 Apr 08
i usually see if one of my friends wants or needs it first,if not we have a parts for kids program around here.they refurbish things for schools and the like.
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@jstaubin (423)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I don't throw away my electronic stuff unless I know that it is safe. I have the number to my local hazardous dump site and before I throw things like this away I call them to find out if I should bring it some where or if it is ok to toss it.
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@Zairo7 (78)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
It depends on the part, really. Some things I salvage for future use (rechargable batteries, computer parts), or sell/donate. There's actually a problem with electronic waste, I did a short "documentary" (note it is somewhat silly, I'm tempted to call it more of a mockumentary, due to how silly it really is). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-8ZIfTQVGw
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@jarves (814)
• Philippines
14 Apr 08
I have a lot of electronic garbage at home. Before, I used to stock them on my stock room or storage room. They just get dusted and spiderwebs all over them. There was a time when I just throw them away on the garbage can and leave it there for the garbage men to pickup. But now I recycle them, I give them away to shops that accepts old electronic devices or electronic garbage. In this way I can save the planet from toxic waste that these electronic garbage has.
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@jhartana (1085)
• Australia
14 Apr 08
I would keep it just for future use so I don't waste money to buy it back. It has no value anymore anyway.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
14 Apr 08
I'm not one of those who chase after the latest electronic gadget and gizmo. With technology moving so fast these days, it will cost a fortune to keep recycling these stuff ever so often just to own the latest ones. For me, I try and use these gadgets longer and change less often. If I have to change, then I will try and trade in and get some rebate for the older one, otherwise I will just give it away to whoever can still find use for my replaced item. I've not sold any of my old stuff whether online or offline. The only exception for me is my PCs. I am from the IT line, and I use PC a lot, so keeping up with PC technology is more important for me. To circumvent technology obsolescence, I usually try and replace my PC within four or five years. In between, when my PC becomes older, I will do partial upgrades to keep my computer running more efficiently, eg. increasing RAM, install a faster DVD drive, etc. or buy in new components to try new technologies and these could be both hardware as well as software.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Yes, benthose, I would recommend selling it on eBay or taking it to an center that recycles electronic goods. I would never throw it away because that's terrible. Most things have lead and mercury...why would anyone want to destroy our Earth? So, I agree we should sell it to someone can use it OR we should give it to a center to recyle it into new electronics. We should never throw them away :) Pablo
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• United States
14 Apr 08
I don't buy much of that stuff but when I have something I no longer want I try to donate it. I have given a lot of cell phones to Cell Phones For Soldiers. http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/shippingLabel_generic.html They sell them to a company that recycles them. The money they receive from recycling cell phones is used to purchase calling cards that they send to troops in need. There are many other places to donate cell phones to be recycled. Most American consumers upgrade their cell phones about every 18 months. This means the average household may have two or three cell phones lying dormant, just waiting to be turned into cash! More than 4,000 nationwide and local organizations have generated thousands of dollars with the help of www.AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org. The funds have been used to help support an array of charitable causes, including: * Sending missionaries to China * Treating malnourished children in Asia after the 2004 tsunami * Building new homes for low-income families * Providing overseas military men and women with prepaid phone calling cards * Providing educational scholarships for children who have lost a parent due to an enemy or terrorist action * Sending teenagers to summer camp * Providing new playground equipment to elementary schools Whenever I hear someone brag that they got a new cell phone, I always ask them if I can have the old one.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
13 Apr 08
I usually post them up on freecyle. That way if someone can use them they find a new home. It surprises me sometimes what people will take. Even things that aren't working many will take. They either fix them or they use the parts to fix other things. Freecycle just proves what is one person's junk is another person's treasure.
@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
13 Apr 08
Wow! That is so convenient for some and it is really true to almost everyone else. As for me, I use them up to when it is still and if it no longer works, I sell them at junk shops until then I can buy a new one. If I can still make it repaired, I will still do it. As long as the cost or burden is less expensive than the cost of buying one.