When you were a kid, playing games could be a bit of a hassle. If you ever had a Nintendo Entertainment System, the first generation of what would eventually become more sophisticated pieces of technology like the Wii and the Wii U, then you probably have fond childhood memories of sitting down to play classics like Super Mario Brothers, Ice Climbers, and the Legend of Zelda. You probably have less fond memories of frantically blowing down the bottom of the cartridge to try and dislodge dust and airborne particles, putting it into the console, and getting only a flashing screen. We’ve come a long way since those early games. The pixellated figures that kind of look like a plumber if you squint are now photorealistic graphics, the stories have gone from “Sorry, but your princess is in another castle” to Oscar worthy tales, and the gameplay has evolved from stomping Goombas and Koopas to controlling intelligent heroes with an array of weapons and skills. However, with great technology comes great responsibility, and part of that means that you have to be aware of electronic equipment recycling. Simply tossing an Xbox 360 or a PS3 into the trash is a massive waste of resources, as well as being a cruel goodbye to a friend that has lasted you many years. So what should a gamer do instead? With a new generation of consoles (The Xbox One and the Playstation 4) emerging, recycling an old console may be the best bet when they begin to fail. Here’s how you know when it’s time to say goodbye, and how you should prepare your console for recycling.
Consoles are a sophisticated piece of technology, with many small parts working together to bring your favourite games to life. The individual pieces of a console are often made up of valuable metals and useful pieces of technology. This means that even after a console fails, it’s still worth something. The pieces within can be reused for other consoles, phones, medical technology, and so on. Therefore, it’s a waste to simply send it off to a landfill. Some recycling programs will even compensate the user for making the effort. This little bonus can often be used to treat yourself to a next-gen console like an Xbox One or a Playstation 4. Furthermore, you can know that you’ve done a good deed and helped protect the planet from a little extra waste!
Despite the fact that recycling is a beneficial thing overall, you should avoid doing it too early. Why is this? First of all, recycling in a rush often means that you’re getting rid of a console when it could have been repaired or fixed. Secondly, the hard drive of your console often contains memories that you might want to keep. Saved games, videos, messages, contact information, and friend lists are all common things that can be found on the average PS3 or Xbox 360 hard drive. If you take your console off for electronic equipment recycling, you should make sure that you have gotten every last drop of life from it. Furthermore, the new consoles (the PS4 and Xbox One) are not “backwards compatible”, which means they will not play PS3 or Xbox 360 games. If your favourite game is a generation behind, you should hold onto your console for the time being.
Here are the biggest signs that your console is near the end of its lifespan and is ready for electronic equipment recycling:
To avoid premature recycling, take these quick and easy steps. They shouldn’t take too long, and they’ll help you avoid making a mistake you’ll regret.
At EDI Refining, we take electronic equipment recycling seriously. Not only are we working to help save the environment, but we will sometimes offer compensation to users bringing in their electronic scrap depending on the materials. For more information on our services, check out our website for a detailed look at all we have to offer!