Halloween is just days away, and this is usually the time of year when items are found hiding in the strangest places around the home. This is usually the case for unwanted or out-of-date electronics and devices as well. Since most families do not keep electronics that they no longer use in one specific spot in their homes, I thought it would be fun for our family to go around our home to these dark corners to find some of the devices and electronics we no longer use in our home, and let me tell you, some of them were in some very interesting places!
The first place I looked was in our bedrooms. Out of all the rooms in our home, it is probably the place where you would least expect to find unwanted or out-of date electronics since we spend some of our quality time there, and this is where most of the devices we are currently using usually reside. Low and behold, there were devices that we were not actually using found there. In my room, there was a camera that no longer works that is still on my chest-of-drawers.
In the deep, dark recesses of my daughter’s closet, she found quite a few electronic devices that she no longer uses or no longer work. She had to do a fair bit of digging through some of the boxes on the shelf in her closet to find some of these hidden gems!
There were not too many found on our main floor. Surprisingly, the only ones we found were the few that were hiding at my desk. I am the family pack rat, so I was not surprised to have one or two of them lurking around where I work.
Now, our basement is the where most of our unused or out-of-date electronic devices were stored. You know the old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind!” Well, some of the places we found devices down here were in plain sight, while others were in some fun places. The old laptop was found on our workbench in our fun area, not being used. The television was on a shelf in another room that no one really frequents, and it shocked me to see that it had been there all this time, yet I never noticed it sitting there. The funniest one had to be this set of headphones that is hanging on a set of hooks on the staircase! I was about to go upstairs when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something floating on the side of the staircase behind the door to our furnace room. I pushed the door in slightly to see these headphones resting on the hooks as if they were saying “Surprise!” I laughed and snapped a shot of them for you to see. You just never know when out-of-date electronics are going to pop up out of nowhere and surprise you in your home!
Even in our back room there was a radio sitting in there that has not been used in a long time.
Now that we have gone through our home and, hopefully, have found all of the unwanted electronic devices, the next step is deciding what to do with them. There are so many options in Ontarians to choose from where disposing of their electronics are concerned. End of life electronics can be dropped off at a depot centre supported by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) where the parts of these devices can be recycled and/or upcycled so they can be used again. This saves space in our landfills and manufactures would not have to harvest new materials. Like gold and copper, from the earth as much. Electronics that are still in working condition can also be donated to organizations where they can be given to people who would ordinarily not be able to afford such items for themselves, their families, or their businesses. Finally, unwanted devices can be traded in for cash or a percentage off of a new device at certain retailers. You, the retailer and the environment wins! You can find out where the closest drop-off locations are for your end of life electronics by simply visiting RecycleYourElectronics.ca!
Just in time for Halloween, the OES has produced a witty video in order to get Ontarians to think about your end of life electronics and just where yours are hiding. Take a look, and feel free to go on a hunt of your own around your home for your unwanted electronic devices and share on social media #WhereYoursAreHiding!