What to do with cell phones, televisions and other useless electronic devices

Electronic devices must be delivered to companies for recycling (Photo: Pixabay)

The new models of electronic devices and the planned obsolescence are two factors so that in a few years the televisions, cell phones, tablets and more stop being used.

When it comes to a gadget Small in size seems to be no problem, as they are stored in drawers or used as a paper tread, however, large ones can be a headache.

In any case, the electronic device must not be thrown away, since its components can be toxic and damage the environment.

What to do with old appliances

For those who have a whole drawer full of chargers, old cell phones, cables, or are about to get rid of a screen, washing machine or any other appliance, they should know that they can be freed from all thanks to the circular economy.

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The advancement of technology has also led to the rapid generation of electronic waste (Photo: Pixabay)

What is the circular economy

According to the Circular Economy organization, the concept is interrelated with the sustainability, and its objective is that the value of products, materials and resources (water, energy, …) remains in the economy for as long as possible, and that waste generation is minimized. It is about implementing a new economy, circular -not linear-, based on the principle of “Close the life cycle” of products, services, waste, materials, water and energy.

That is to say, if giving the old cell phone to the nephew or neighbor is no longer efficient because the device is no longer useful, and it cannot be thrown away either, the option is not to save it but to make the best use of it through the recycling of its components, which must be done by a specialist to prevent them from contaminating or ceasing to be useful due to mishandling.

Likewise, “the circular economy is job generator”, For those who collect the devices, move them to authorized places and carefully remove the components so that they have a new life.

How does it work

There are some companies that provide telecommunications services socially responsible with the environment that have programs of recycling for electronic devices.

Chips, cables, chargers and more should also not be deliberately thrown away (Photo: Pixabay)

Most of them are required to store the devices in a box, which must be sealed. Subsequently, follow the indications of the companyas it may require a collection guide; free or with recovery cost.

In Mexico, a company that grants codes of free pickup is Movistar, so it will only be necessary to access the circular economy option for them to do all the recycling work.

There are also platforms such as JER program, whose initials refer to Board, Delivery and Recycle, which offers the collection, reuse and recycling of products that are no longer used, among which is also clothing, baby objects, shoes, clothing accessories, toys, expired medicines, tools, safety equipment, among others that take care of collect to give them a new useful life. In the case of electronic devices, the collection to the door of the home is free, however, the others may have variable costs.

In this way, people who join the circular economy not only get rid of old devices that no longer work, but also contribute to the generation of jobs and contribute to caring for the environment.


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