• http://doablefinance.com/ Doable Finance

    I bought my 35-inc TV in March 1993. It still works fine. When something works, don’t fix it. That’s what I believe in. I never get tired of old things myself and my wife included.

  • http://financiallyconsumed.com/wordpress/ Hunter

    I believe there is an ounce of gold in the electronics of 300 cell phones. At todays spot price I’m surprised that we don’t see more advertisements for e-cycling.

  • http://www.smartfrugality.com Beth

    I am so glad you mentioned reuse options. I know people who refurbish old computers and give them to people who cannot afford a new one or to non-profits. Ask your computer geek friends – they may know somebody who does this and would be happy to take whatever is still functional/repairable, even if it is just the odd keyboard and monitor.

  • Heather Levin

    Hunter, yeah I knew there was some gold in certain electronics, but I had no idea there’d be that much! That is really surprising that it adds up to that much.

    Beth, yes reuse is the best way to keep electronics out of the landfill. Freecycle is another great option.

  • E-cology Buff

    We should all resist the temptation to buy new electronics just because there is a new version to replace last year’s. Not only is it wasteful from an ecological standpoint, but it is a waste of money. I know someone who buys a new cell phone every year. Now, is that necessary? I realize that no one wants to carry the “brick” cell phones from 15 year ago, but isn’t last year’s iPhone good enough for now? Also, when disposing of electronics, be sure to clean up your hard drive; don’t just delete the files, which doesn’t really remove the data, but simply deletes the names from the directory. You don’t want the “recycler” to have access to your bank account numbers, passwords, etc.

  • Guest

    Could you pleaes put a date on this!!!!!!!!!!!!

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