Recycling and repurposing your electronics
How to reuse or responsibly dispose of your old gear
It’s important to keep electronics out of landfills. They contain materials that can contaminate our air and water.
There’s nothing like getting new gear from Crutchfield. Rummaging through the packing peanuts (environmentally friendly!), and rifling out that shiny new toy. But what do you do with your old stuff?
Here are three ways to responsibly get rid of your old gear:
1) Give it to someone who can still use it
What’s “old” to you might be an upgrade for your friends or family. Consider giving it to someone who will appreciate it. My own home theater setup is made up of hand-me-down speakers and a second-hand receiver — and I love it!
2) Turn your used gear into Crutchfield store credit
“Our company’s mission is to responsibly repurpose consumer electronics, thereby extending their life,” Seth Schmidt of 2nd Life told us. “Keeping electronics out of the landfills is near and dear to our hearts, and has been since our company started — back in 2002 at a kitchen table.”
2nd Life now operates out of a 27,000 square-foot facility in nearby Richmond, VA. They work with electronics retailers and large car dealerships across the country to find new homes for used electronics.
And they will give you Crutchfield store credit in exchange for your old gear.
“We are proud to have partnered with Crutchfield,” said Michael Feibelman, the company’s founder and CEO, “and we are honored to have been entrusted to provide our service to their loyal customers.”
Send them your used electronics, and they’ll email you a Crutchfield gift card. Head over to the 2nd Life website for an instant price quote.
2nd Life's team of technicians spend their days finding new ways to use old electronics.
3) Donate or recycle
Looking to donate your gear to charity? Or simply have gear that no longer works? You can check the EPA website for links to local electronic recycling centers and places that accept donations.
Many electronics contain recyclable materials — like glass, plastic, copper wiring, and precious metals — that can be used again.
Have any other ideas?
We’d love to hear them! Share tips for reusing or recycling electronics in the comments section below.