In four years, I’ve been through 3 or 4 cell phones, a couple digital cameras and 2 iPods. Not to mention the computer hardware that’s gone belly-up on me. So what can I do with all this stuff? Toss it in the trash? Recycle? The toxic chemicals will pollute, and recyclers haven’t been as scrupulous as we might like – shipping this stuff off to poor countries where circuit boards are burnt to get at their valuable metals.
Now, a socially-responsible company will buy your old consumer electronics off you, refurbish them and sell them on the street, all in an effort to reduce e-waste and improve sustainability. Second Generation out of Massachusetts will calculate the price then give you a printable shipping label which you slap on a box and send off. After the items have had their check, you get yours. If I were in the States, I’d certainly make use of this. Check out this article at Ars Technica for an in-depth review of Second Generation’s process.