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Ditching old electronics

Get rid of old gear and enjoy that new toy guilt-free.

Recycle just about any electronic device at Staples stores. The only products they won’t accept are TVs.

Trade it at participating retailers. Many offer a discount if you bring in an old device in for recycling. Apple, which “recycles 90 percent of old electronics,” accepts broken iPods and gives a 10 percent discount on a new iPod.

Donate electronics to the National Cristina Foundation. Even if a computer or camera is broken, it can use them to “teach disadvantaged or disabled people marketable computer skills.” Check Cristina.org for a list of acceptable devices.

Send in your cell—and its battery and charger—to the Wireless Foundation’s Call to Protect program. A phone that’s seen its last day can be “refurbished enough to dial 911” and become an “emergency lifeline for survivors of domestic violence.” Source: Popular Mechanics

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