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Get rewards points through recycling
Make the most of your old electronics by using a rewards-through-recycling program and save money. Through these eco-friendly programs, like MaxBack.com or RecycleBank.com, you exchange used cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and GPS navigation units for points toward the purchase of other items, including gift cards. At MaxBack, you can even donate your points to schools and nonprofits.
"It's important for us to reuse and recycle," says Sean Michaels, co-president of MaxBack.
The Environmental Protection Agency says old electronics generate about 3 million tons of waste each year, or almost 2 percent of the total amount of trash. About 2 million tons of the electronic trash ends up in landfills.