Get Paid to Recycle

One of the biggest obstacles to getting organized is being able to get rid of the things you no longer need or use efficiently.  After all, you’re getting organized to simplify your life, not to add another round of errands to your busy schedule as you try to donate and/or sell your discarded possessions.

I’m a big fan of any service that allows you to consign, donate, or rent from the comfort of your own home.  You get the satisfaction of decluttering your home, and your unwanted items get to live on instead of becoming landfill fodder.

Amazingly, this phone still powers on!

So, when my husband shattered his iPhone 6+ screen for the second time and finally had to admit that it was no longer usable, I of course turned to Gazelle.

Screen shot from gazelle.com

There are a lot of places to sell your old tech devices online.  I like Gazelle because the process is extremely simple and straightforward.  You click on the type of product you want to sell (they accept smart phones, iPads, iPods, and Macs), answer a few easy questions about the device and its current functional state, and get an offer.  If you accept, they send you a box and shipping label in the mail, you select your preferred method of payment, and then pack up and send in your device.  I’ve never had any problems with shipping, and payment is prompt and accurate.

I placed my order on a Wednesday, and this box was delivered 2 days later.

Simple instructions are front and center...

... shipping label and sticker to seal are included...

...as well as foam to protect your device.

All boxed up and ready to go!

E-waste is actually a huge problem, taking up tons of space in our landfills, and it’s even more dangerous than other types of trash because toxic chemicals and metals leech from tech products into soil and groundwater.  Services like Gazelle ensure that your devices are recycled instead of thrown away, and making a little cash on the side is a pretty nice bonus.

LMW