October 19, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
It’s hard to say goodbye to those old electronics. A lot of you probably have various components, gadgets and TVs in the basement, in a spare bedroom, or maybe piled up in the hallway. In most cases, you probably want to part ways, but really have no clue what to do with old electronics.
Sony is offering to take those items off your hands—and maybe even give you a little something in return. The company just launched a Trade-In and Recycling Program, which helps you to rid yourself of old devices and components.
Of course, you could probably do the same by leaving them out with the trash, but this allows you to dispose of electronics in “a socially and environmentally responsible manner.” It’s also absolutely free, and in some cases, allows you to score a little credit towards new purchases.
Sony says that they will take both Sony and non-Sony products, as long as they qualify. Go to the website, punch in your zip code, and the type of product. There’s a lot of categories to choose from, including TVs, cameras, Blu-ray, phones, tablets, and more.
Currently, Sony is only offering Sony Store credit on laptops, cameras and camcorders, eBooks and tablets, Blu-ray players, gaming systems, MP3 players, mobile phones, and streaming set-top boxes. So, the site isn’t looking for your old CRT. That doesn’t mean it should continue to collect dust. If Sony doesn’t offer credit on a particular item, they will, at the very least, provide a list of drop-off centers in your area. If dropping off isn’t convenient, Sony will pay for shipping and recycling services for eligible Sony-branded items under 25 pounds.
“Sony Electronics continues to take concrete steps to improve the safe management of used electronics and is committed to making recycling as easy as it is to purchase new products,” said Mark Small, VP of Sony’s Environmental, Safety and Health department. “We support the recycling of our products in the same respect we have when we create them, and our ultimate goal is to take back one pound of eWaste for every pound of product we make.”
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.