Recycle Tablet Computers, Smart Phones & E-Readers in Minnesota
Minnesotans are rapidly adopting the latest technology, which includes smartphones, tablet computers, and e-readers. In fact, for most people, these are beginning to replace desktop computers, laptops and notebooks. It’s no wonder. Today, we can carry amazing computer power in our pocket or briefcase and work or play just about anywhere, while keeping in touch with friends, family and business contacts. Like earlier communications and computer technology, these new devices soon become obsolete. Manufacturers constantly tempt us with newer and better models. Dealing with no-longer-used portable devices is a chore, but, like other e-waste, these devices should be properly handled and not just put in the household trash.
Each device contains hazardous materials, as well as valuable metals that should be recovered and reused. Rechargeable batteries in our cell phones, tablets and other small devices contain hazards to the environment. The companies and organization listed in our website also accept these smaller devices and will help you clear the clutter of outmoded and non-functioning technology from your life. Anywhere in Minnesota, you’ll find a facility ready to accept your information and communications technological waste. Other options also exist for disposal of devices you no longer need, including:
- Sell Your Unused Devices – If you’re replacing an older cell phone, tablet, or e-reader, it’s likely because you bought a newer, better one. The one you’re replacing is likely to still be in good working condition. You might be surprised to find out just how much it is worth. Many companies actively purchase these devices for resale. Your old item can be a new item for someone else. To find a place you can sell your old Android phone, iPhone or iPad, just search on Google for “sell cell phone” or “sell tablet.” By selling your unwanted devices, you’ll recover actual cash value for them. Items you sell this way should work properly and include all chargers and accessories. You’ll want to perform a hard reset on these devices to remove personal data, as described below
- Donate Handheld Devices – Your unneeded smart phone, e-reader, or tablet computer may be obsolete for you, but could benefit someone else who needs it, but can’t afford to purchase one. Donating your device is a great option that will give it new life and benefit someone else. Charitable organizations, educational organizations and others are actively seeking donations, and accept a wide range of handheld devices that are complete and in good working order. You benefit from tax deductions and by contributing to education, communication and more. To remove personal data, perform a hard reset on your device, as described below, before donating it. Search for “donate cell phone” or “donate tablet” to find organizations searching for these items.
- Recycle or Dispose of Devices Safely – Local Minnesota computer recycling facilities also accept handheld portable devices like smart phones and tablets. They will recycle them, just as they do other computers and electronics technology. Whether your device is in working condition or not, it will be properly handled to recover valuable materials and keep hazardous materials out of Minnesota’s landfills. Find nearby technology recycling facilities by using our interactive maps and directories and get rid of your unwanted items.
- Data Security Matters – However you dispose of your old small devices, including smart phones, e-readers, and tablet computers, you should make sure that all personal data, including account information is completely removed from the device. All handheld portable electronics include a feature that allows you to perform a hard or factory reset that returns the unit to the same state as when you purchased it and removes all data. You should also remove any added memory chips or cards. Hard reset techniques vary from device to device. To find out how to perform this function, check the original instruction manual or use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for “hard reset,” followed by the brand or model of your particular hardware. Just follow the simple instructions and then check to make sure all personal data is gone.
Recycle your Handheld Devices – Don’t Throw Them Away
Look around your home or business. You’ll probably find a surprising number of old cell phones, tablet computers, and other small electronic devices. Even though they were once an important part of your life, you’ve replaced them with newer, better models and have stashed the old ones in a drawer or on a shelf. Box all of them up and sell, recycle or donate them to streamline your life and remove clutter. You’ll benefit others, help create jobs and keep possibly harmful materials out of your local landfill and out of Minnesota’s air and water. You’ll find all the resources you need right here on the Minnesota Computer Recycling website.