Recycling Old Keyboards and Electronic Equipment

recycle your keyboardYou just got your Das Keyboard in the mail. Now what are you going to do with that old keyboard it’s replacing? Whatever you do, don’t throw it away! Many consumer electronics contain materials that can negatively impact the environment if just tossed in the garbage. Almost all electronics can be recycled and sometimes re-used. If neither of these is an option, there are plenty of places that will properly dispose of your equipment. So what can you do to responsibly dispose of your keyboard, and other electronics?

1. Go online to find the nearest recycling center.
Check EcoSquid. This is a great place to check for not only nearby places to drop off your equipment and local programs to recycle your gear, but also possible trade-ins or purchase opportunities you might not have known about. There are also several companies that offer discounts when you trade-in an older model, which can really help when upgrading your tech.

Earth 911 is a similar site that will help you find the nearest local recycling center for your electronic gear. They even have information on why you should recycle electronics and how they are recycled.

2. Donate functioning equipment.
Goodwill is a great local place to donate equipment. All donations are either refurbished or recycled. Either way you are helping put people to work and benefiting your community. You can find the nearest Goodwill on their site.

Check to see if there is a nearby World Computer Exchange. All donations are delivered to developing countries that desperately need them. You not only get to clear that old equipment out of your house, but also feel good about doing it!

3. Sell your equipment.
If it’s still functioning, sell it! Whether you decide to throw a garage sale and include your equipment in the sale, or use Craigslist or Ebay, you might find someone wanting to buy used equipment to save money. Either way you can help pay for that new keyboard by selling your used one. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.