Ever had one of your electronics break on you and knowing there’s got to be some place to recycle it (instead of just tossing this once pricy item in the trash)? When the lens to my old Nikon film camera broke I packed it away until I found someone or some company to recycle it. Thinking there would be plenty of places to recycle a broken lens I ended up only finding one (where I wouldn’t have to pay them money to recycle it). Gazelle.com My lens ended up being valued at $0 so they didn’t offer me any money or free shipping, but I am always willing to pay for shipping if it means the item gets reused or recycled.
Gazelle.com is a company that first tries to reuse a product, then if the retail or wholesale channels they have don’t work they find the right people to recycle the product. The business started back in 2006 and they currently have more than 20 categories (see items below) of products that they recycle. If your product is valued $1 or more you get free shipping, and they might even give you money for your product.
The process was fairly easy:
- Just type in the items you are trying to recycle in the search.
- Select what type of condition its in
- Give more basic information on it and what accesories you’d also be recycling
- They’ll then let you know if they can offer you any money for the item
- Then you “checkout” – your information is collected and you are given instructions on how to recycle your items and where to ship it to.
- Blu-Ray Players
- Camera Lenses
- Cell Phones
- Digital Cameras
- External Hard Drives
- Gaming Consoles
- GPS Devices
- Home Audio
- LCD Monitors
- MP3 Players
- Satellite Radios
- Streaming Media
- Video Games
*They currently don’t accept CRT Monitors, Printers, or Fax Machines, but will help you find local recyclers who might.
If you know of another company or place to recycle broken camera lens comment below!