Some of the electronics that require special methods to dispose of them include personal computers, batteries, and cell phones. These usually contain materials that are made with toxic chemicals and metals. When any of these toxic substances land up in the landfill and are exposed to moisture, the substances will eventually contaminate the water and soil. Many of the toxic substance have the potential to cause reproductive and endocrine disorders, cancer, and other serious health problems. In many electronic products, the materials in them are not biodegradable so they will not deteriorate over time.
One popular way to dispose of electronics is donating items to different local organizations and charities. Most of them generally welcome these donations of electronic equipment. The electronics donated should be working because many of these charities and organizations will see that they get to people who cannot afford them. If they are not working they may or may not be able to get them back into working order. They may also donate some to senior centers or schools. If you do not know which organizations or charities will take donated electronics can contact The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
Some organizations will take electronics that are not functional. They will repair or refurbish the equipment and then donate the electronics to different charities. Some corporations and companies that sell computers, cell phones, and other electronics will give consumers the opportunity to trade the old electronics, cell phones, and computers for new upgraded versions. When the company or corporations do this then they take on the responsibility for the right electronic disposal.
With buyback companies, which you can find online, off consumers of taking the electronics to a certain location or sending it to them for a little monetary reward. The buyback companies will generally pay shipping costs, provide a list of their buy back prices, and the electronics that they accept. Many cities have electronic recycling centers. If you are going to use one of these make sure that they are certified. If they are not certified they may send the electronics to Asian countries where they could have children dismantle the electronics by hand.. This exposes them to the toxic substances inside. These countries also do not guarantee the electronics will be recycled appropriately.