I've written about quite a few of the individual technology recovery and recycling options that individuals and businesses can use when they're trying to clear out old gear. This article from Environmental Leader provides a wrap-up summary of what's new. I won't rehash what's said, because this is a good overview. The main things that you need to figure out when evaluating these programs is:
- Confirm that the operation uses ethical disposal methods. There should be a disclosure on their Web site, at the very least, that states where components will wind up and how private data is purged.
- Figure out what payment, if any, you want or deserve for your old technology. Some organizations will reimburse you in the form of a gift card, others will give you cash outright, and still others will simply pay for the cost of shipping your product (or products) to their facility.
The article I've referenced includes information on programs from NextWorth, Radio Shack, Waste Management Recycle America along with iGo Recycles, and Verizon Wireless.