Make Canoe my Homepage

Recycling gadgets for charity & profit

- June 3rd, 2010

Gadgets Recycling

One of the unintended consequences of the technological revolution we’re living through is the accumulation of gadget after gadget. We’re choking on high-tech junk, and we need solutions. Plus, it’s Canadian Environmental Week until June 5th, so let’s think green.

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways out of this modern conundrum, one of which makes you feel good about yourself, and one of which will actually make you some money.

Free Geek is as much a movement as it is a charity, but for your purposes it’s a way for you to unload obsolete tech, you can’t do much better. Free Geek takes your tech off your hands, refurbishes it, and puts it to work in community centres, schools, and other institutions where it can do some good. What they can’t use they recycle using the toughest standards possible to keep the toxic waste lurking in your gadgets out of landfills.

Though Free Geek started in Portland, Oregon, they have branches in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as several American cities. Besides recycling and redeploying old technology, they also hold training sessions dealing with computer literacy, free software and open source technologies like Linux.

If you’re looking to squeeze a few dollars out of your old gadgets, Gazelle.com might be the solution. Simply enter the name of the gear into Gazelle as well as the condition of the product, and Gazelle calculates how much you can expect to earn. Even if your product is so old it no longer has any market value, Gazelle will take it off your hands and recycle it.

However, before you send your dusty 486 PC off to be recycled, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t have any valuable data stored inside it. Free Geek recommends wiping the drive completely, but they also perform a complete wipe of any drive they use before sending it out into the world.

So if you’re hankering for a new phone, PC or game system and need to free up some space at the same time, why not recycle your old gadgets? Not only will you be reducing your own clutter, you’ll be helping others in the process.

Source: GetConnected

Subscribe to the post

Leave a comment

 characters available