We all know this market dictates our behaviour, and the quality of stuff out there is such that you are nearly forced to replace or upgrade after approximately 2-2.5 years of use. Cruel…
But you can do something about it: for example, buy from someone, not the companies directly (check your local listings, craigslist, kijiji, etc), trade, pawn, etc.
Alternatively, if you must chuck it – gift, donate or recycle it!
Many things like clothes or household items are easier to get rid of, but what about electronics – they’re the biggest environment pollutants.
There are companies specializing in that, but first check into Gazelle, it lets you input the stats and conditions of your stuff and estimates its current market value, then sends you a pre-paid box to ship it in and you get a pretty little cheque back for your contribution.
When you check off the stats, if you’re not in luck, it can also respond with a message: “[sorry], this item has no cash value. We’ll be glad to recycle it responsibly”. So, be open to that option.
Or, if you’re too eager to get rid of it [responsibly] google ‘electronic recycling’ for outposts in your area.