Got a new gadget for Christmas? Here’s how to dispose of your old device safely

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If you got a shiny new gadget last Christmas, then it’s out with the old, in with the new for you. You don’t want your old tech devices cluttering up your drawers, do you? But, wait! Don’t just place those old phones, tablets, and smartwatches in the bin—there are some toxic chemicals in these products that don’t belong in the trash.

Here’s what you can do instead:  

Give it to a certified e-waste recycler

Got an old, non-working phone, laptop, or television? Here are some e-waste recycling initiatives in the country: 

  • Humble Sustainability. They accept e-waste—whether broken or not—as well as other items that can be reused, recycled, or upcycled. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook to know more.
  • Globe E-Waste Zero Bin. As part of its environmental protection advocacy, Globe has set up over 100 participating Globe stores nationwide where you can drop off old mobile phones, chargers, printers, monitors, batteries, and the like. Click here to check out the full list of collection points all over the country. The program also offers pick up services for bulky items like washing machines, ovens, and refrigerators.
  • SM Electronic Waste Collection Program.  This program accepts electronic waste including old or broken mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, power cords, commercial batteries, earphones/earbuds, calculators, printer ink and toner cartridges, small gadgets, and computer wiring, among others. E-waste collection is available in all SM malls nationwide, and you can drop off your e-waste during mall hours.
  • Envirocycle. This DENR-accredited treatment, storage, and disposal facility is a one-stop full-service e-waste recycling company. Their warehouse is at Silangan Industrial Park, Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna. Visit their website to know more about their e-waste management program. 

Spread the Christmas cheer

Do you have a laptop or TV that’s still in good working condition? Pass them on for reuse. Old gadgets that are not useful to you may be useful to others. Your old computer or laptop could be a great use to an NGO or students learning from home.

IMPORTANT! Don’t let your data get into the wrong hands. Ensure your data is wiped properly and safely before dropping off for recycling or before handing down to a friend or family member.

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