With the gaming industry showing no signs of letting up in the near future, those of us who enjoy playing video games on our vaious consoles (Xbox 360, Nintendo Gameboy, Playstation 3, Nintendo N64, Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo DS and many others) need to pay more attention to proper disposal of them when we're ready to move on to the next big thing. Modern advances are coming so quickly these days, and with little support from the gaming manufacturers with ways to recycle, these discarded gaming consoles are just being tossed in the trash.
We all have the ability help keep our planet healthy and green. Too many are getting rid of working electronics like TVs, VCRs, cell phones, computers, monitors, and gaming consoles. These will go straight from your dumpster to the landfills. This type of electronic waste, or now referred to as e-waste, is so massive it threatens our environment. Disposing of e-waste in an Earth friendly manner has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
Some of the many hazardous materials and chemicals found in the electronics industry include lead, bromine, beryllium, phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These toxins seep into the soil and water when they are sent to the landfills. Here's a handy Guide to Greener Electronics Greenpeace came up with in September 2008. You'll be able to see how the top gaming console companies rate on their "greenability" based on toxic chemical policies, recycling, and climate change.
This is where Gazelle.com comes in. They want to make it more worth while for you to start donating these electronics to keep them out of the landfills, and will put some extra cash in your pocket. No more hassles with selling it yourself on Craigslist or eBay, and no more waiting in the hot sun at a garage sale. It's a simple online way to sell not only gaming consoles, but your cell phones, mp3 players, digital cameras, laptops, gps devices, camcorders, satellite radios, and portable hard drives. Even if you're selling something that no longer has a resale value you can still send it in as a donation and they'll make sure to recycle it in a proper manner. Thousands of people have already kept almost 5 tons of potential e-waste out of landfills by selling to Gazelle.com.
…Gazelle…is probably best described as Netflix for junk. You log on to the site, tell them about the outmoded electronics you have…answer some questions about it, and presto: they offer you a price. If you accept, they mail you a box with free postage…You get rid of your junk and make some money without having to throw a yard sale; indeed, with no more effort than clicking a few times and walking to your mailbox. – CNN money
Now that you understand why it's important to recycle your older gaming consoles, when you head over to Gazelle.com to properly rid yourself of them you'll find a convenient way to find out what it's worth by answering some simple questions about it's condition and what accessories you have. Granted the older the unit, the less money you'll get, but certain items will even qualify for free shipping and packaging. And don't worry, personal data will be wiped clean off your computers so you can feel more secure in your decision. The technology is here and more is on the way, let's do what we can to better manage what we do with it now to better ensure our planet's future.