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How to regift old electronics after new gadget gifting

(NC) Tech gadgets are always a popular gift for a loved one or personal pampering over the holidays. And while we personalize settings and try out new features, we may not stop to think about what becomes of the gadgets that were replaced.

“We love to keep pace with brighter, faster, shinier electronics, but the purchasing the latest tech gear often leaves other smartphones, notebooks, laptops or cameras tucked away in drawers and closets,” says Sandra Pakosh, Director, Communications of Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES). “It's important to remember that there is still some value in those old items if they are reused and recycled properly, and in Ontario we've made it convenient for people to do just that through our province-wide network of drop-off points called”

This holiday, keep “leftover” electronics from gathering dust or ending up in landfill by following these simple tips:

Donate: Holidays are the season for giving. What better way to celebrate that sentiment than by donating the laptop or television still in good working condition to those in need. There are charities, churches and associations that donate electronics to local schools, shelters and community groups to name a few.

Give Away to Family & Friends: Did you get a shiny, new tablet upgrade? The one you replaced still works (it's just not pink). Your friends and family would be more than happy to take last year's model (the black one) off your hands.

Sell: There are lots of web sites that make selling your out-of-use electronics quick and easy.

Recycle: Electronics contain substances of concern that can harm our waterways, roadways and eco systems if not disposed of properly. In addition, they also contain metals, glass and plastic that can be turned into raw materials for future production of new products. By resolving to do our part by donating still functioning devices for reuse, or recycling electronics using OES-approved service providers, we can enjoy the fun and benefits of gifted gadgets. offers an easy-to-use collection site locator. The service is free and continues to expand with more than 96 per cent of Ontarians living within 10km of a drop-off point. To learn more about the proper reuse and recycling of electronics, electronic items accepted, and locate the OES-approved collection site nearest you, visit

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