How to Recycle Old Cell Phones, Computers and Batteries

How to Recycle Old Cell Phones, Computers and Batteries
I recently did an inventory of some of the technological gadgets used by the people in my household. In our home are the following items:

- 1 desktop computer
- 4 laptop computers (1 unused)
- 2 tablet computers
- 8 cell phones (3 unused)
- 1 VCR (and it's definitely unused)

There is a VCR, a VCR, sitting in a cabinet in our living room for some reason. I decided having all this unused technological junk, including their batteries and accessories, laying around is simply unacceptable. Keeping them is a danger to our health, as the precious metals inside may begin to corrode and the batteries could leak, but simply throwing them away is, of course, also not an option, as it is a danger to the environment.

This is why I decided to write this post. A lot of people don't know that you can actually recycle electronic gadgets, their accessories, and things like compact discs, memory sticks and batteries, but the way to do it varies depending on where you live. Many companies will even take their old and used products off your hands. So my goal is to create a working list of how electronic items are recycled all over the world. If you have information on how electronics are recycled in your country, please mention it in the comment section below so we can keep this list updated!



All of the major cell phone service providers in Taiwan provide recycling for old cell phones and accessories at their branch offices. It's usually a clearly marked bin in the store, or you can simply asked one of the store representatives to help you. This includes Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Far Eastone (遠傳電信) and Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大).

The major convenience store chains in Taiwan also provide recycling services for electronics, batteries and discs. However, exactly what things they recycle depends on which chain you go to, so remember to ask ahead. Some only provide recycling services for batteries, while others will help you recycle your old cell phone and computers. The great thing is, all of them will give you cash back or coupons depending on how many items you bring them. The convenience stores that provide electronic recycling services include 7-11, FamilyMart (全家便利商店), Hi-Life (萊爾富), and OK Mart.

If you have government trash pickup service in your community or directly at your home, you can simply give any kind of electronic equipment to the garbage collector and they will dispose of it appropriately. If you aren't able to hand your electronics to them personally, remember to clearly label the bag or package the electronics are in so they know it's there.

United States:

Cell phone service providers in the U.S. will allow you to recycle old cell phones at their branch offices, and will compensate you with a buy-back service, trade-in service or some other credit. Companies that provide recycling services include Apple, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Please help me keep this list updated!

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