Lots of old gadgets taking up room in your house?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

cathouse from computer screen
An inventive use of an old computer screen!

Growing up, I thought all my tech gear was the very best of the best. Yet, every year something better came out, leaving some of that old junk to collect in the bottom of my desk drawer. I don’t use much of the old gadgets anymore, but I don’t want to throw them away either. What should I do? Recycle! That’s right. Recycling isn’t just for plastic bottles and aluminum cans, you can recycle your old electronics too!

A lot of companies take some of their old products off your hands, then fix and resell them. For example, if you have an old Sony television (you know, the one with the big ol’ tube that came out before flatscreens), the company has a program that will take it for you absolutely free. You don’t have to go to the company, though. Many retail stores – like Best Buy – take just about every brand of tech in their recycle programs. Your old TVs, computers, cameras, and gaming systems are no exception.

If you don’t like the thought of someone making a quick buck off of you, just sell or donate the thing. Your old gadgets may seem old to you, but there are several people who could really use what you don’t need. Even if they don’t use it, there’s quirky folks who like to collect old tech, and would pay big bucks to get their hands on your gadgets. In fact, did you know there are actually museums dedicated to old computers?

Maybe you just can’t bring yourself to let go of your possessions. If you’re like that, I understand. I still have my first cellphone. Just to give you a sense of how old it is, there is no camera and it uses an antenna! If you are the same way, you can get clever with your gear. Create cool arts and crafts projects with a few pals and you might be surprised with what you make! One creative person made a cathouse out of an old computer monitor.

So, if you don’t know what to do with your old gadgets, think twice before you throw anything away, there are many unique uses for them!

Featured image courtesy of Judit Klein on Flickr and cathouse image courtesy of Cheryl-Ann on Flickr.