According to the EPA, Americans disposed of 2.2 million tons of electronic waste, including stereo receivers, in municipal landfills in 2007. Stereo receivers dumped in landfills included high levels of lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury. When discarded improperly, each of these objects poses a threat to the health and safety of both humans and the environment. Recycling stereo receivers is preferable to dumping them in the trash. Circuit boards contain between 40 and 800 times more gold metal than copper ore, while a metric ton of copper ore contains between 30 and 40 times as much copper ore as a metric ton of circuit boards.
Step1 – There are several venues where stereo receivers may be sold such as a pawn shop, online, or in the classified section of a newspaper, among others.
Step 2 – Donate working stereo receivers to a Goodwill or thrift shop in your neighborhood. Contact the thrift store or the Goodwill organization to schedule a pick-up or learn about drop-off hours.
Step 3 – Recycling stereo receivers that are no longer in use is the best way to keep them out of landfills. Information about electronic recycling may be found on a number of sites provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. (More details may be found in the Resources section.)
Step 4 – A home hazardous waste collection facility may accept your broken stereo receiver if recycling isn’t an option. Contact your local public works department to find out where and when your belongings may be dropped off.
Disposing of DirecTV Receivers Properly
Satellite television receivers may be purchased or leased when signing up for DirecTV’s satellite television service. If you purchased DirecTV receivers and have subsequently upgraded or discontinued your service, you may be able to recycle your receivers. You must tell DirecTV that you no longer use the receiver in order for it to be removed from your bill. Next, think about how you can recycle the receiver to cut down on the quantity of waste going to landfills.
Your DirecTV receivers may be repaired at a local Best Buy or RadioShack store. Both RadioShack and Best Buy accept a wide range of electronic trash. Consumer electronics stores recycle outdated receivers that can no longer be repaired and resold but may still be used for parts instead of sending them to a landfill.
Enter “Electronics” and your location into the search box on the Earth911 website. Drop-off locations in your area can be found on Earth911’s website. Earth911 will recycle your DirecTV receiver on your behalf if you drop it off at a location of your choice.
Inquire about the option of putting your DirecTV receiver outside for curbside pickup with your city’s recycling facility. It is possible to have the receiver picked up at the same time as your other recyclables if it is capable of receiving small devices You should be able to find a nearby drop-off facility that accepts electronic trash if this is not the case.
Your AV Equipment Can Be Recycled!
There is just one day left until Earth Day therefore it is time for you finally to say goodbye to all of your old electronic gadgets, including your VHS tape player, cassette player, stereo receiver, and Bluetooth® speaker.
It’s a cinch to get rid of outdated equipment. In order to properly get rid of useless electrical devices, we need to spend a little more time and effort.
Here, we’ll show you how to accomplish just that. However, here are three things you should not do before we get started:
1. On garbage day, put it out on the street next to your trash cans. No, there’s no way. Toxic chemicals may leak into the groundwater and contaminate our food supply if electronic waste is transferred to landfills or incinerators.
2. Throw it out at the office dumpster. Not a good plan. Instead, inquire about your workplace’s recycling policies. A designated spot for e-waste recycling is probably not the dumpster behind the building if they do.
3. Drive away quickly from the Goodwill so that they don’t see you dump it there. No! Since many of these organizations have recycling and donation programs, you’re getting a little bit warmer. (Also see below)
Instead, here are five eco-friendly strategies for properly disposing of your outdated audiovisual gear:
1. Check your municipality or city’s website for a list of electronic trash recycling facilities. There may be dedicated e-waste recycling days if there are no permanent locations. If you need more information regarding electronic equipment recycling, check out the Environmental Protection Agency website. It also includes connections to other sites where you may search for recycling facilities in your state, such as E-Cycling Central.
2. Get a receipt and write it off — Many charity and non-profit organizations like Goodwill accept contributions of functional and even nonworking equipment. They’ll fix what’s fixable and sell the salvageable parts to respectable recyclers who will repurpose them. Additionally, they may be able to provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for the depreciated value of the gear you donate. Depending on your tax situation, you may be able to take advantage of this benefit. Los Angeles-based Homeboy Electronics Recycling, one of my favorite recycling choices, also offers ancient electrical equipment for use as a movie prop. That’s a very original idea!
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3. There is a lot of demand for secondhand gadgets, even if they no longer operate. If you want to raise money for a good cause, consider using Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, let go, Offer Up, or eBay. It’s possible that even though you’ve owned your Yamaha AV gear for years, it might be a treasure that someone else can enjoy for many years to come.
4. Upgrading your AV system is a common inclination, especially in this day and age of ever-improving technology. The most typical reason for getting rid of your present components is the desire to upgrade, and there are websites where you can trade-in your old equipment and obtain credit toward acquiring a new piece of equipment. Audio on and Crutchfield are good places to start looking (powered by 2nd Life).
5. You may also visit a retail store to recycle, trade-in, or get a refund. For further information, see their websites.
It doesn’t matter whether a method is used to get rid of your electronic devices; be careful to remove any personal information from the devices and check the players for any remaining media. Dances with Wolves DVD 2 is missing, and I’m very sure I gave it away by accident!
Spending a little additional effort to appropriately get rid of old or obsolete stuff is definitely worth it if you keep in mind the environment and future generations when you do so. What a great opportunity to stock up on new AV gear with all the additional room you’ll have after recycling your old gear!