No Country for Old Electronics

7 Feb

If your life is a Clutter F**k, you’ve come to the right blog. Whether you want to shed pounds, toxic people, bad relationships, bad habits, bad karma, bad debt, old technology, mind-numbing jobs, closet clutter, debris-filled drawers, garage garbage, collateral damage, filthy finances, litter-filled lavatories, rubbishy rec rooms or scrap heaps of scrapbooks, the Clutter F**k Club will be held every Tuesday. We’ll discuss ways to rid our lives of every kind of clutter so we can make room for positive, life-affirming energy!

Every five minutes a new technological gadget is born. Or so it seems. So what to do with your now outdated computer, television, MP3 player, cell phone, Palm Pilot and lap top?

Here’s an easy solution. You can get creative and make planters out of them.

Or … you can throw them in the trash.

But a planter made out of a computer is ugly. And throwing electronics in the trash is so NON-GREEN and harmful to the environment that the EPA might make a house call and charge you with taking up increasingly limited landfill space with valuable resources like plastic, metal and glass, and putting toxic materials in the ground.

Which means getting rid of your electronic dinosaurs takes work and a little planning.
Here are two better solutions – The first one is Refurbish. Tech-savvy geeks will take your old stuff and refurbish it. I don’t know who they are or why they do what they do, but they’re out there. Google them. They sell refurbished electronics for a darn good price for people who can’t afford to pay more.
The second solution is Recycling. This includes donating older electronics like cell phones to charities, putting your dinosaur computer on Craig’s List for people who need parts, or calling your local city or town hall. Most communities have ‘special waste’ depots available. You could even try the manufacturer’s website where you bought the device. Many have started collection programs that make recycling easier.
If you don’t want to do any of these things, making a planter is your only viable option.

3 Responses to “No Country for Old Electronics”

  1. Ryder Islington February 7, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    I wonder, if I took t he door off the microwave and laid it on it’s back…yes! That would make a nice flower pot!
    Alas, the laptop is pretty useless, but there is a computer guy who buys and sells used…maybe he can do something with it.
    Thanks Nancy.

    • nancyelizabethlauzon February 7, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Ha, I personally love the microwave idea! As for the laptop, maybe use it as a trivet or hot plate?

      Thanks for stopping by, Ryder!

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