Throwing away unwanted items in the home is no longer socially or environmentally responsible. Millions of people around the world could benefit from the items so carelessly discarded by others, whilst the environment isn’t helped as landfills swell to match the greed of consumers. There is a solution to both problems, of course, but it involves a collective effort to recycle or upcycle household junk. Provided below are various items that can be found in the home and saved from the scrap heap.
These relatively small electronic devices might not take up much space, but there is usually little need to hang on to old technology; in fact, there is every reason to recycle old mobiles. Generous souls who have seen the light in the form of the smartphone might be inclined to give their old mobile phones away for free to charities such as the Red Cross and Cell Phones for Soldiers, whilst others might prefer to pocket some cash by selling handsets through Envirofone, Mazuma and other such sites.
Many people hang on to cardboard boxes in case they need to move home at some point in the future. Such foresight ought to be commended, but a large collection of boxes can take up a large area of space, especially in cupboards and attics that are already brimming with junk. Cardboard boxes can be recycled in the same way as any other form of cardboard packaging, but they can also be upcycled. Upcycling can be described as putting to use in a better or different way something that would otherwise have been thrown out. Cardboard boxes are great for upcycling, especially when it comes to arts and crafts with the kids (think haunted houses at Halloween, nativity displays at Christmas, etc.).
CDs and DVDs
Old media rarely spends time off a shelf or out of a storage box. Whilst collections of George Michael CDs and Hollywood B-movies were once treasured, they tend to lose meaning and importance over time. It is possible to sell DVDs online along with music CDs and video games. Auction sites such as eBay offer a relatively convenient way for people to sell old CDs and DVDs online, but complications can arise with bidders, postage fees, failed listings and so on, which is why some people prefer direct services such as Music Magpie.
Television sets age quickly these days. Perhaps too quickly. The latest LCD-screen, HD-ready, internet-enabled televisions are necessary for enjoying other technological developments, such as Blu-Ray discs, Sky+ HD and the Xbox 360. Old televisions simply cannot cut the mustard in this digital age, which is why they ought to be donated to charity rather than gather dust in a spare room, attic or garage. Freecycle is an excellent place to start to find a new home for old televisions.
Computers sometimes fail, but not all components are dead and buried when a machine stops working. It is often the case that hard drives or graphics cards fail whilst all other parts remain perfectly usable. If a PC has been consigned to landfill, it is sometimes prudent to salvage first any components that can be used again. Processors, motherboards, sound cards, networking cards, memory and other such parts can come in handy for replacement in other machines. It is also possible to build another computer from the ashes of one or two that have bitten the dust. If computer parts are deemed not to be worth saving, hardware should be donated to Computer Aid International and other such charities (or sold online for a small fee).
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