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Too often, people throw away their old electronics because they just don't know what else to do with them. Most devices, however, contain of harmful chemicals, like lead or mercury--about 70% of the toxic waste that makes it to landfills is from electronics (yikes!).

There are some companies, however, that make it extremely easy to recycle your old electronics, and even pay you for it! Check out the programs listed below, and use one the next time you get a new phone or computer. (And don't forget that you can recycle small electronics in the recycling center in the lobby of Lerner, or donate your old phone to an organization like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.)

Here are the Lazy Environmentalist's top 3 recommendations for recycling companies that will pay for your used electronics.

One Note: All of these companies provide free shipping to their facilities. The best is which sends you a postage paid box in which to ship your items. Second best is which provides you with a prepaid shipping label. Third best is which reimburses you for your shipping expenses, $5 for the first item and $2 for additional items in the same package. - Send Gazelle your used cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, laptops, GPS units, camcorders, gaming consoles, iPhones and more, and the company will you pay you for them. Where possible Gazelle refurbishes them and makes them available to its partners for resale. It's possible to get great deals on refurbished at items at major retailers like Target thanks to Gazelle. - is on a mission to recycle used, new, and broken electronics. To make it worthwhile, the company pays you for them within 48 hours of receiving them. Send founder Brett Mosley and his team your old cell phones, cameras, game consoles, camcorders, and iPods, and they'll send you cash. - You don't have to sell your soul to prevent global warming, but you can certainly "sell your cell." Visit to find out how much your used cell phone is worth and then print the free postage label and mail your phone to the company. Once receives and verifies its condition, the company will cut you a check.

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  1. ... on December 12, 2011 at 9:42 PM  
  2. jackie100 said...

    Sounds like a great way to get rid of old electronic clutter in an environmentally friendly way. Getting paid is a nice bonus too.

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  3. ... on December 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM  
  4. zunairsocialpluto said...

    Unlike the other two methods that involve use of computers that are in good working conditions, this method is used on computers that are usually in bad shape and they can’t be repaired or sold. Most of the computers that are shredded are usually those that are very old or the ones with mechanical problems that can’t be rectified. To shred the electronics, a shredding machine is used and the electronics are cut into minute pieces. The pieces are used in making other devices such as chairs.
    Alberta Computer Recycling

  5. ... on December 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM  
  6. Kyle McDonald said...

    Computer recycling is a great thing to do. Computers have a lot of toxic substances in them, and if they improperly disposed of they can really harm the environment. Computer recycling business make sure that computers are safely disposed of.

  7. ... on October 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM  
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