Between new smartphones and other highly anticipated devices rapidly being released on the market, many consumers find themselves with a stack of old devices.
Maybe they’re shoved away in a closer or a desk drawer — just waiting to be disposed of one of these days.
Whether your old device is still functional, or no longer operating, it’s important to dispose of the electronics properly.
Electronics contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium that need to be removed with care.
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These devices should be either donated or recycled, not thrown in the bin with the rest of your household garbage.
If you have one or more electronic devices that you need to get rid of, here are the steps you can take to safely recycle unwanted tech.
Before doing anything else, you need to erase all personal information from the devices you are getting rid of. There are a few different ways to do this, depending on the type of device you have.
If there is nothing worth keeping on the device, you can simply clear everything before recycling it. However, it’s not that simple if your device is filled with pictures, videos and important documents that you need or want.
You’ll have to…