Don’t throw away your old electronics — recycle them!


Many of us received some brand new technology over the holidays, but now you’re probably wondering what to do with that old technology.

 “If it’s not working, there’s really no use keeping it unless you know what you’re doing and you want to start piecing out the parts and maybe build another computer or upgrade another computer,” said James Herndon, a Geek Squad agent. “That’s really the only reason you want to hang onto any technology that’s not working.”

Everyone has some kind of electronic in the house that they don’t use or they haven’t sold off, and one place in the Ohio Valley takes care of that issue and reduces electronic waste at the same time.

Best Buy at the Highlands recycles any kind of electronic as part of reducing their carbon footprint.

They recycle cellphones, tablets, laptops, any small piece of electronics, cables, batteries, printers, old speakers, etc.

“Best Buy started our program back in 2009. Since then we have recycled 1.9 billion pounds of recyclable material. So Best Buy is trying to do their part to do this and that goes towards the trade-in and recycling,” said Herndon.

They offer a trade-in value for electronics with a gift card exchange, and they also properly handle the recycling so you don’t have to. “We don’t operate for profit for this. This is strictly for environmental concerns,” says Herndon.

If you want sell you old technology like cellphones or tablets, make sure you completely wipe your data by resetting the device. “If it’s an Apple product, you want to make sure it’s not activated through your Apple ID. You’ll want to log out of all your stuff, and also phones will have a built-in reset feature. Once you reset, all your data’s gone from it,” said Herndon.

Best Buy recycles any electronics for free except TV’s and monitors due to size and weight restrictions. That will cost you a $25 deposit.

They also do not accept or recycle anything with a heating or cooling unit like AC units, microwaves, toaster ovens, or hair-dryers.

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