Recycle Electronics and Be Rewarded


While there are advantages to living in Iowa, there are many things about big city living that I really miss. When I was in LA we had so many things we could do… Awesome food, activities and events, sports and of course, seldom a lack of sun. But what I think was really cool is that a lot of things happen in big cities first. For example, fashion trends always start in big cities then trickle down to the smaller cities later. It’s just natural for a brand or business to want to start where they can hit the most people all at once. And I don’t fault that, it makes perfect sense. When we were getting ready to move back to Iowa I discovered Craigslist which only had listings in major cities at the time. We had been using eBay since before it was called eBay (it was AuctionWeb in the early days) and we used it to sell a variety of small things. Craigslist was like a digital garage sale for things too big to sell on eBay so we were able to use it to sell or give away some things that we didn’t need to take back to Iowa. One of my favorite things to find on Craigslist was moving boxes.  New moving boxes were extremely expensive and I was just too frugal for that. Especially since we needed like I don’t know a million of them. About that same time, I also discovered a cool new email list called Freecycle. I found a lot of moving boxes on Freecycle’s list and after the move, used the Freecycle list in Iowa to give them another chance at life. This all really stems back to what I said a couple of weeks ago about my attitude regarding recycling and how it had changed.

Since then, these sites have all grown, expanded and even have their own apps accessible while on the go. We have used programs like Freecycle and Craigslist to recycle items we no longer need and purchase items that others are ready to part with. Not only does it save money but it is also good for the environment. Sites like Recyclebank and JouleBug offer recycling tips, information along with incentives. It is not uncommon to see all kinds of household goods listed on various sites. The one recycling effort that continues to elude people is technology. People are unsure how to recycle electronics. In 2009, 141 million mobile devices were discarded but only 12 million were recycled. That number is absolutely staggering. As technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, as more families are upgrading their phones as well as cutting the cords on their landlines, it is important to get the word out about what do do with the old or outdated devices they have outgrown. U.S Cellular is encouraging their customers to recycle their electronics and is even offering incentives for them to do it.

Have old technology setting around collecting dust? Consider recycling it (and benefiting from it!) -

Proud member of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade! - SahmReviews.comNext month, one lucky SAHM Reviews reader is going to have the opportunity to learn about U.S. Cellular’s Trade-In program. They’ll have to address what to do with their old phone because I’ll be giving away an iPhone 5s! We have a few phones in our family and 3 are iPhones. They are excellent phones with a multitude of apps and features. I’m positive that whomever wins the 5s next month is going to happy!

Figuring out how to recycle the old phone won’t be difficult, either. Users of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network are able to access apps and sites like Recyclebank or 1800Recycle for ideas on ways to be greener. Or like me, use it to map out directions to yard sales or surf Craigslist ads.

How often do you upgrade your electronics and what do you do with your old ones?

43 thoughts on “Recycle Electronics and Be Rewarded

  1. I feel like when we upgrade our phone.. we hold onto the old phone ‘just in case’ something happens to the new phone… Then when nothing happens… then the old phone gets lost in a drawer never to be found.. It’s bad… #clutter

  2. I’m with T-Mobile and now they have a program when you want to upgrade your phone all you have to do is trade in your old phone. You can keep trading in your phone as many times as you want.

  3. Such a great program. I have a bag of old batteries in the garage that I have been saving for about 5 years. It is always important to recycle phone, batteries and other electronics. This is a great way to get people to take the extra step to keep it out of the dump!

  4. There are some sites that benefit our military. They accept our used phones, referbish them if necessary, then send them to military members who need them. Many of these sites pay a small price for your phones. Check it out. It’s a good cause.

  5. It definitely is one of those unknowns I think. Every once in a while I hear of a recycling drive over the weekend, but in the meantime, I really don’t know what to do with my stuff so it just collects. This is good to know!

  6. I upgrade my phone about every two years. Sometimes I can go a little longer. I tend to donate my phone to my provider and they repair and give them to women who need them (who may be in abusive situations.)

  7. Depends what it is, but we update our electronics pretty regularly. We either dispose of them through our town on certain days or our county holds a day 2 times a year to get rid of electronics, paints & other hazardous materials.

  8. What an awesome program! If your old phones aren’t really “worth” much anymore you can also donate them to women’s shelters. They give them to women so they can call for help if they need to without someone knowing they have that line of communication.

  9. We actually hold on to our old ones in case the new one breaks. This way we don’t buy their insurance and we insure we have another phone to use in case of emergency.

  10. We upgrade phones like every two years. We usually trade our phones into our provider. My husband sometimes uses phones to listen to music and tv shows while he’s at work.

  11. I never really run electronics into the ground enough to recycle them- I usually for the the re-use of the three “R’s” and sell my electronics on Craigslist for someone else to use 🙂 It is great that these programs exist, though!

  12. I tend to only upgrade when I have to – or if I am really really excited about a new phone. I’d love to have an iPhone, though. And hey, the back of my Nexus 4 is cracked, so shouldn’t that count as a reason to upgrade?! 🙂 I never know what to do with my old electronics, so I have a whole little zone in my house full of old laptops, phones, etc. It’s sad.

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