Going, Going, Gone: Recycling Your Old Electronics

Green ways to ditch your tech gear
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In Seattle, it’s easy to keep up with the latest tech; it’s harder to know what to do with all the old gadgets when you upgrade. Luckily, there’s a new solution for tech-savvy Seattleites hoping to trade in their still marketable used electronics, such as game consoles and laptops, and earn some cash in the process.

California-based app Gone (thegoneapp.com) has recently launched its Gone On-Demand service in Seattle. All you have to do is upload a photo of the item you wish to sell through the app, and the Gone team will use its proprietary algorithm to assess the fair market value, and then find a buyer, negotiate the price, and provide concierge service to pick up, package and ship it. The app is free, but the seller pays 7–15 percent (depending on demand) of the item’s price for the service.

Looking to rid yourself of less marketable tech gear? The Washington State Department of Ecology’s free E-Cycle program provides earth-friendly recycling for televisions, computers, DVD players and more. Visit Ecology’s website (ecyclewashington.org) to find one of the many drop-off locations throughout the city. 

In Seattle, it’s easy to keep up with the latest tech; it’s harder to know what to do with all the old gadgets when you upgrade. Luckily, there’s a new solution for tech-savvy Seattleites hoping to trade in their still marketable used electronics, such as game consoles and laptops, and earn some cash in the process. California-based app Gone (thegoneapp.com) has 
recently launched its Gone On-Demand service in Seattle. All you have to do is upload a photo of the item you wish to sell through the app, and the Gone team will use its proprietary algorithm to assess the fair market value, and then find a buyer, negotiate the price, and provide concierge service to pick up, package and ship it. The app is free, but the seller pays 7–15 percent (depending on demand) of the item’s price for the service. Looking to rid yourself of less marketable tech gear? The Washington State Department of Ecology’s free E-Cycle program provides earth-friendly recycling for televisions, computers, DVD players and more. Visit Ecology’s website (ecyclewashington.org) to find one of the many drop-off locations throughout 
the city.