Due to some of the chemical components found in digital cameras, they must be disposed of properly and not just thrown in with everyday trash. Chemicals such as lead, beryllium, arsenic, mercury (and more) can be found in circuits, circuit boards and batteries. When improperly disposed of, digital cameras can threaten the environment as these toxic materials can potentially breakdown and be released into landfills. Depending on where you live and where you purchase your digital camera, there are several options for disposal once it is no longer of use to you.
Some Internet sites buy used electronics and allow the seller to make a profit. Users can enter their camera model, choose its quality level, select applicable features and accessories, and submit to the site for an approximate value of the used camera. If the camera is still of value, you can choose to accept the money from the company or you may choose to donate it to a variety of charities. If the camera is of poor quality or ineligible for resale, the company will still accept it and recycle it accordingly.
Electronics stores such as Best Buy and Ultimate Electronics also offer recycling programs to safely dispose of digital cameras. A benefit to selecting this option is that these retailers don’t require that the camera you’re disposing of was purchased at their store. This is an excellent option for digital cameras that are non-repairable or not suited for resale.
There are also several organizations specializing in electronics donations, which include digital cameras. Depending upon the condition of the camera, your donation can range from $1.00 to $100.00 to the charity of your choice. Even if your camera is not in working condition, it can still be used for parts and components. Plus, donations such as these are tax deductable, so both you and the environment can benefit from donating your used camera. To find organizations that accept electronics donations, simply do an Internet search for “electronics donations”.
Regardless of whether you sell or donate your old digital camera, it is crucial to dispose of it properly.