Are you one of those people who keeps their old equipment? Bits like floppy drives and cables maybe… or even something more valuable like an old PDA or laptop. Have you kept them in your office, basement, loft or garage.
And now you’ve decided it’s time to do something about that old hardware. Can you reuse it? If not, can you sell it? Or should it all be reworked?
In truth, there is no single, universal answer. Some old equipment can be reused. Other equipment must be carefully redesigned. Without a doubt, you will have several pieces of equipment that can be sold or donated.
Need to know what’s what? Keep reading and I’ll break it down for you .
How should you reuse old equipment?
Proper use of old technologies should not be difficult. The hardest part is knowing what you can reuse and what you can’t. Certain types of equipment are well suited for resale. Others are more suitable for donations or recycling. You could even improve some elements of the technology.
However, it is important to choose the right outlet. For example, sites like Gazelle.com are perfect for recycling tablets and smartphones and give you some money in return. On the other hand, eBay is good for reselling computer hardware. While old printers should probably be given away (their resale value is very low), laptops and game consoles work well.
Meanwhile, PC components like hard drives, SSDs, RAM, and processors can also make you some money. Entire PCs can be safely recycled according to EPA guidelines if you don’t want to take them apart.
Before you subscribe and sell your equipment, find out which one is best for the equipment you have. Consider where the item goes and how it will be reused. Is anyone else making money from this?
2. Reassign and recycle
Alternatively, you can simply remap the hardware. This means recycling what you need to use it in a new way or upgrade. For example, you might have two identical laptops, neither of which works. However, there are enough working parts between two devices for one of them to work and work again.
The relatively new term «upcycle» refers to recycling a component or object in a new way, as part of a larger whole. For example, a wheel from an old bike can be added to a newer bike. Or that wheel could be part of some sort of hand water pump.
You have several options for old computer hardware. For example, the power supply of an old PC can be reused in another device. Alternatively, an old flatbed scanner can be recycled into a 3D printer: