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A Round-Up of End of Life Electronics: #WhereAreYoursHiding?

| October 29, 2014 | 10 Comments

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 This is usually the case for unwanted or out-of-date electronics and devices as well.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 Out of all the rooms in our home, it is probably the place where you would least expect to find unwanted or out-of date electronics since we spend some of our quality time there, and this is where most of the devices we are currently using usually reside.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.

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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!

Closet Collage

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.

Desk Collage

Now, our basement is the where most of our unused or out-of-date electronic devices were stored.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!

Basement Collage

Even in our back room there was a radio sitting in there that has not been used in a long time.

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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!

Happy Hunting!

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me! Author's website.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    ‘End of life electronics’ what a lovely expression. I totally support old electronic devices being recycled. I just wish it was the same for batteries!

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    I’m so guilty of hoarding old electronics that I need a little encouraging post like this!

    • Lian says:

      Hi, Victoria! I know what you mean where your old electronics are concerned. We try our best to donate/recycle devices we no longer use, but there are some of them that we have a hard time letting go of, too.

  3. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I’d like to get rid of ours. I have no idea where they’re all hiding though. lol

    • Lian says:

      Hi Stephanie! They may be right in front of your nose, but you may not notice that they are there. This was the case of those headphones on the hook of my basement stairs and the radio in my backroom. They just blend in so well, and we take them for granted. If you do want to get rid of some of your end of life electronics around your home, I hope you go on a ‘treasure hunt’ like we did!

  4. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I think I can beat everyone’s collection of dead electronics. My husband is using my basement as an electronic cemetery. He’s a bit of a hoarder and he is convinced either we just might need or use it again (whatever it may be)or that it might come back in fashion. (Like our old electronics are the bell bottom pants of the seventies and then again in the nineties) He’s sure our VCR will make a comeback. I have to tell you a secret, I wait until he’s gone to work and then I go through the house and take a couple things at a time and either recycle or donate them to a charity. Boy I’m in big trouble if VCR’s make a comeback. lol

  5. Jacqueline Dunkin says:

    I have a buttload of electronics that have either completely stopped working or have become useless somehow. This article and the drop off your unwanted stuff article really inspired me! Thank you for sharing these articles and taking the time to write them! 🙂

  6. Nicole L says:

    Great post! I’m going through the same process and was wondering what to do with these items.

  7. kathy downey says:

    Thank you for sharing this article,last Fall we did a extreme clean in our home and donated everything to our local community and they resell reuse or recycle

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