The Correct Methods on Disposing of Your Old Electronics

Electronic products have grown in a substantial way over the last twenty years, this has changed the speed and the way in which we obtain information and communicate with one another. According to recent studies of the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association), the average American household owns up to twenty four electronic products.

When you donate your old electronics for the purposes of reuse, this will promote an extension in the lives of electronic products. Recycling electronics at the correct facilities can prevent valuable materials entering into waste streams. You are now presented with a variety of options on donating or recycling old electronics.

Electronic Recycling
Electronic Recycling

Various electronic retailers, cell phone, TV and Computer manufacturers now participate in sponsored recycling events, or a take back type of program. Many states have successfully implemented laws on recycling and disposal of electronic products.

However, not all recyclers for electronic goods will follow practices of sound recycling for the preservation of the environment. Responsible refurbishes or recyclers of electronics are now certified. This means that they demonstrate and meet up with the correct procedures in recycling practices. The EPA suggests that all types of electronic recyclers should be certified and at the same time customers should only choose from recyclers that are certified.

Methods on Recycling Your Old Electronics

1.Use only Certified Recyclers

Find electronic recyclers that have been certified through BAN (Basel Action Network). This organization only certifies recyclers that practice responsible methods in recycling electronic products. This will mean your electronic gadget will be either recycled or reused in the correct way, without ending up as added pollution in the landfills.

2.Visit Your Local Civic Institutions

Electronic waste has become a widespread problem over the years. Local governments, universities and schools now offer the public specific days on which they can drop off their old electronic products.

Various communities will post recycling days, check out your nearest newspaper or visit associated websites. Encourage your friends and family members to join you on the days that are allocated to recycling electronic products.

3.Retail Options

Alternatively there are a number of stores involved in offering the public an effective method of disposing of their old electronics. You will be able to drop off a variety of products at one location. Some of the electronic products accepted will include:

-Cell phones

-Net books

-TV’s

-Laptops

-Power cords

-Desktops

-GPS devices

-Memory cards

-Speakers

-Paper shredders

-DVD players

-Gaming consoles

There are even organizations that now offer the public an opportunity in recycling electronic products using a system of containers that have a pre-paid postage available. This system offers cash rewards on specific products. These rewards can additionally be transferred in donating your cash rewards to organizations that work for charity.

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Contribute to a greener environment and ensure your old electronics are disposed of in the correct manner. Make sure you only use certified recyclers who practice safe methods of disposing waste or reusing electronic products. This will contribute to a better ways of recycling.

About the author

Vince Bradley is a kitchen appliance technician. He is specializing in stove and refrigerator repair. He likes to write and give advise about how to maintain kitchen appliance in good condition and also how to repair a broken home appliance. He is works for a ABCAuthorizedRepair in Studio City, CA.

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Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas For Those With A Tight Wallet

It is no surprise that less people are gifting this year. Since the economy has taken a big hit, fewer people are finding the extra expense justifiable. However, what most people don’t realize is that the perfect gift doesn’t necessarily have to be one that breaks the bank. In fact, there are some really great ways to make someone smile this holiday season with some of the frugal gift ideas below.

Cookie Bake
Cookie Bake

1. Instead of buying pre-made cookies, bake your own. You don’t have to be great in the kitchen because there are plenty of great mixes available that allow you to bake at least 100 cookies for only a few dollars. Count how many people you need to provide a gift for and purchase either cookie tins or ceramic mugs. Places the cookies inside in a pleasing manner and wrap them all up in cellophane.

As an added bonus, if you use satin ribbons and add a tag, you can make the piece look entirely store bought and professional without the hefty price tag.

Christmas Craft
Christmas Craft

2. Utilize a craft that you’re good at this holiday season. If you’re a great painter, you knit well or enjoy crocheting, use these talents to create useful gifts for the ones you love. Not only will you enjoy making them, you will save money, but also create a personal gift that your loved ones can remember for many Christmases to come.

Vintage Cup
Vintage Cup

3. Vintage lovers should take notice of this next idea. If you can get a hold of vintage teacups and saucers, they can make beautiful gift sets for those on your gifting list. All you need to do is to find a matching, or close to matching set, add a couple of individually wrapped teabags and a small spoon to stir with, and you’re done. Wrap it all in clear cellophane, and it not only looks gorgeous, but frugal too.

Vintage Book
Vintage Book

4. Books are probably one of the most versatile and engaging gifts to give this holiday season. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they can be purchased for very little money. Hit your local thrift shops and used book stores because you can find gorgeous books in pristine condition for very low prices. Try to purchase books that your recipient can really appreciate!

Gift Baskets
Gift Baskets

5. Gift baskets are a great way to shop for everyone on your list. However, if you purchase the pre-made ones, it can get very expensive. Set a tight budget for each person, and create a themed basket from dollar store items. Believe it or not, dollar store products can be just as good as their more expensive counterparts, and you can address the needs of everyone for a few bucks.

Keep in mind that you can’t please everyone with frugal gifts as some people go by price tags. However, most people appreciate that they were thought of, and they will be glad you took the time to give them something this season. So, if you’re on a tight budget, consider some of these ideas to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

If you are still looking for some frugal gifts for your love ones, visit Meritline.com. Today is our last day for next day air shipping guaranteed to be delivered by December 24, 2013.

By Aria

Perfect Gifts Grandparents Will Love This 2013 Chirstmas Season

There are so many people in our lives that we have to purchase gifts for over the holiday season, but undoubtedly, grandparents are probably the hardest to shop for. After all, do they love technology? Can they really be pleased with a pre-made gift? Below, you will find some great ideas compiled that will please grandparents of every generation and still allow you to save money.

Customized Tag Necklaces

Beautiful Necklace
Beautiful Necklace

The newest trend in the handmade world is custom tag necklaces. Since lockets are no longer as trendy or popular as they once were, they are a great way to commemorate a special date or a loved one’s name. For example, Etsy is a handmade website that has hundreds of sellers offering custom tag necklaces for very little money. They are a feminine and artistic way to show someone you care, but best of all, they are customized!

Photo Blankets

Photo Blanket
Photo Blanket

Grandparents love fussing over their grandkids, but more importantly, they love receiving pictures of them.  You can purchase photo blankets at your local Wal Mart store or from Snapfish (online) and choose the perfect childhood photos to permanently display. Not only is this a truly customized gift, but a very useful one that reminds grandparents they are loved even during the coldest months of the year.

Photo Calendars

Photo Calendar
Photo Calendar

Since the New Year is just up ahead, it makes sense to gift something that grandparents can use all year round. How about a photo calendar with all of their favorite moments reproduced in a nifty calendar? Shutterfly allows you to customize a calendar for under $20 and mark all of the dates that are personally important to you and your family.

Digital Picture Frames

Digital Picture Frame
Digital Picture Frame

It is easy to get tired of having to change photos in a picture frame, and let’s face it, several frames can take up quite a bit of space. Even those grandparents who don’t enjoy electronics can truly see the benefits of owning a digital picture frame. They allow you to constantly send new photos within the family and quickly switch them out whenever you feel like it.

Custom Family Tree

Custom Family Tree
Custom Family Tree

You can honor the legacy of your entire family by gifting your grandparents a custom family tree. One of the most unique places to shop for these would once again be Etsy. There are numerous styles you can choose from ranging from interesting typography to hand painted watercolor trees.

Ceramic Mugs

Ceramic Mug
Ceramic Mug

Most grandparents know how to appreciate piping hot tea or great coffee, which makes ceramic mugs an optimal gift idea. You can purchase mugs that feature quotes about how great your grandparents are, to custom mugs with photos on them.

Handmade gifts are very likely to be appreciated by grandparents as well. If you don’t have much money to spend, framing childhood artwork is the perfect way to end this holiday season on a bright note. After all, when it comes down to giving gifts, it’s not the price that counts, but the thought.

By Aria