Finding a local place to drop off or e-waste collection is relatively easy. A quick search on Google can bring up places for you. Refining the search by city or county can even further narrow it down. If you are too far from a location, some will allow you to mail in the device at no cost. Also, contact your waste management companies nearby. They will on occasion offer an event to encourage people to turn in old tech for e-cycling or at least proper disposal. Alternatively, other options exist for getting rid of electronics you are no longer interested in keeping. Computers, parts thereof, laptops, PDAs, networking gear, players of various types and sizes, a wealth of items both should and can be recycled to keep them from landfills and incinerators. The hazardous materials used to make them can poison the environment. On the other hand, different options can create a win-win situation.
The first option is if the item still works. A working device can be donated locally, and most communities are happy to have a slightly older cell phone or still working computer that can be given to a person for little-to-no cost. It helps out your local community and d-clutters your home. Sites online can also be of some use and may even allow you to make a small profit. Sites like EBay, Amazon, and Craigslist allow you to offer your item for cheap, but you still make a profit when it sells. At home it is worth nothing. Sold, even cheaply, gives you money for removing this tech from your house. The question then arises how much is it worth? Sites online like Gazelle can help you narrow that down. Using the make, model, and condition of your device, it can give you a reasonable price of what it is worth. From that starting point you can list your tech and have it go at the right price. Even if not worth much, these items are still worth something. Throwing them away is throwing away money.
Should you still be looking to avoid the hassle of selling and just donate the item, several options work. You can donate newer items to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. They will not pay you for the material, but they do take it off your hands without causing issue. Most retailers also can be of use as they offer a ‘haul away’ option. That means they take the old appliance such as a TV away when delivering the new one. A few dollars, and the hassle is completely handled on your behalf. This is just the beginning, however. A large number of groups accept donations to be put to good use in communities. These groups include the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the World Computer Exchange, Computers with Causes, Purple Heart Pick-up, recycle for breast cancer, or even the Make-a-Wish foundation. Schools, shelters, and nonprofit organizations in your area might also find use for your older tech to make a difference in your area.