Do you have junk you want to get rid of? Hidden away amongst the many programs Amazon offers is a free recycling program for electronic equipment, even offering free shipping for the devices you trade in.
However, there are a few limitations to the devices that Amazon accepts, mainly only allowing smaller items to be recycled. You can find a full list of the accepted devices if you click through Amazon’s recycling page, which looks a bit dated but is still fully functional.
Among the items you can recycle are e-readers, tablets, keyboards, mice, video games, consoles, cellphones, fitness trackers, smart home devices, and more. Pretty much any device you can fit into a small box or envelope, broken or not, Amazon will accept. As long as your electronics don’t have “swollen or leaking batteries,” you’re good to go. Additionally, before you consider trading-in or recycling your device, Amazon recommends that you perform a factory reset to remove any potential personal content that may still be saved.
The information you enter on the trade-in website, if your devices are eligible, will be used to generate a UPS shipping label for you to print when you’re able. All devices sent for recycling, not trade-in, will undergo the reclaiming process of its materials by a licensed recycling facility. All identifying information will be erased or destroyed during the process, so you don’t have to worry about any personal information of yours being out there.
In addition to electronics, Amazon also lets you recycle your batteries. Thanks to a partnership with Call2Recycle, Amazon will take back and recycle used batteries completely for free. You can navigate to Call2Recycle’s website to find out more information on how you can recycle, but note that they do not accept batteries within electronic devices.
If you have a flip phone you forgot existed, or a video game console that’s just collecting dust in your basement, consider participating in Amazon’s recycling program. For select, qualifying devices, Amazon will give you a gift card and 25% off new devices similar to the ones you trade in. You can trade in any device as long as it qualifies, whether it’s Amazon-branded or not.