What can I do with my e-waste?

FIX IT...

Oops! your product doesn't work like it did back in the day but it might be worth taking a closer look at it.

Contact manufacturer

The manufacturer of your product often provides repair services. They can give professional advice on what to do; eg: products under guarantee can generally be service for free. However repair costs are often high sometimes  higher than purchasing a new product.

Repair Events

Learn how to fix with others at a lower cost. Some tools and part for more complex repairs might need to be purchased

LINKS:

Repair Cafe

The Restart Project

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Independant Repair

Independant repair services provide profesional repair at competitive prices. There decreasing number makes them less accessible in smaller hubs  and the focus is more exclusively on mobile phones and laptops.

Fix it yourself

Repair guides are available online so you can fix from home at any time.

 

LINKS:

iFixit

ubreakifix 

 

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SELL IT...

Get money back on a product that still has some value.

To a private

Sell your products to a friend or family or by advertising it through your social media.

Online

Use an online resell platform to find buyers for rarer parts .

LINKS:

Parts express

ebay 

amazon

alibaba 

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Paid take-back

Mostly for mobiles and laptops in good condition;  some "take-back" schemes offer money or vouchers in exchange for the products.

 

LINKS:

*brand  of given product* 

ecoATM (US)

Nextworth

 

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DONATE IT...

Your dusty computer from 2005 could provide internet access to someone who otherwise couldn't have access to it. 

Maybe your friend could make  better use of that stereo.

To a private

To a friend, family or other contact.

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To a charity

Give access to electronics to communities that are less fortunate through trustworthy charities.

 

LINKS:

World Computer Exchange  

Cellphones for soldiers  (US)

 

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RECYCLE OR USE A TAKE BACK PROGRAM...

Make sure your product no matter its condition can be turned into something useful for you and benefit the planet. Take back systems also ensure that a product is responsibly disposed of by manufacturers to be resold, reused or recycled. 

Recycle

Use your local  recycling scheme/ tip. There is a specific recycling tip for electricals and electronics

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LINKS:

Recyclenow (UK)

Earth 911 (US)

*local authority website*

Take-back program

Electronic retailers and brands usually offer "take-back" or recycling schemes that are reliable. Find them  on their websites under "recycle" or "take back".

 

 It is mandatory in the EU for electronic store to take back old items.

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