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How to recycle your old tech this Earth Day

When you’ve got piles of old devices lying around, it can be tempting to just toss it in the trash. But we also want to care for our planet – after all, it’s the only one we’ve got! Throwing your tech away can clutter up landfills with wires, plastic, and dangerous chemicals, so it’s important to get rid of your tech responsibly.

Here are a few ways you can reduce, reuse, or recycle your old tech and help protect the environment!

1. Refurbish: If your device is only a few years old and you’re feeling tech savvy, you may be able to repair an old phone to reuse it. YouTube has a wide variety of tutorials that can teach you how to to repair or replace your phone’s battery, or you could take it to a licensed repair shop to get the broken device repaired.

2. Recycle: Many many local companies, including us, collect old devices, and turn them in to regional recyclers. Larger firms like Best Buy, Staples, and Amazon will also take your retired tech off your hands. Earth911 or the EPA offer great resources that can help you find nearby locations where you can take your tech to be recycled.

3. Donate: If you’ve already replaced your device with a new one, consider donating your phone, laptop, or device to someone in need. Charities like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Secure the Call, and Medic Mobile help get gently used phones into the hands of people who might not otherwise be able to access them. Be sure to wipe all your info from your device before donating.

It may just seem like one device – but if we all do our part, we can keep our world a cleaner, greener place!

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