Everyone wants to get Dad the perfect present for Father’s Day to show everlasting appreciation for a lifetime of love and support. It is a general assumption that most fathers, and men in general, enjoy playing with cool tech toys. So it is always safe to assume that the special man in your life will appreciate a new electronic gadget. From the new hybrid Dell laptops to the latest iPad, they want it all.
So forget about the printed ties, “Number One Dad” T-shirts and pen collections, splurge on some new technology for the special man this year. As we near the launch of Windows 8, more and more users will be switching to hybrid devices or touch capable tablets. Don’t let Dad get left out on the new fad. But after he unwraps his shiny new upgraded toy, what will happen to his old, used and worn gadgets?
Electronic consumers are upgrading their devices more often these days than they ever have. What was cool today won’t be cool tomorrow. With so many fathers getting new gadgets and upgrades this Father’s Day, what will these tech savvy dads do with their old devices that have become obsolete? Some toss it aside to be chewed up and ripped apart by their younger children or grandchildren, but we all know the safety hazards of that. Some pass it on as a hand me down to a friend or family member in need, but hardly anyone wants hand me down gadgets these days. Some keep old devices forever in junk drawers. And some just toss it in the trash—the worst option of all.
The best way to get rid of outdated electronics is to recycle them—the proper way. There are a variety of programs like Call2Recycle, which is a free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Consumers can turn in all kinds of old devices such as cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, cordless power tools, and so much more. And this program has multiple drop-off locations at various community collection sites and nationwide retailers such as Best Buy, RadioShack, The Home Depot, Staples and Lowe’s.
The program’s survey revealed that 25 percent of men suffer from “‘green guilt,’ the knowledge that they could and should be doing more to help the environment.” Other than the classic recycling items such as paper, plastic and aluminum, not enough people remember to recycle other harmful waste such as batteries.
“Our research shows that more than half of us are holding on to old gadgets in junk drawers and elsewhere rather than recycling them—in part because they don’t know how or where to recycle old technology,” said Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle. “Keeping electronics and used rechargeable batteries out of the waste stream is vital to the long-term sustainability of our planet.”
Give Dad a new gadget this year the green way, by helping him recycle his old devices as well.