According to a survey from MobileMuster, Australians are pretty good at hoarding their old phones rather than throwing them out and getting them recycled. The upcoming apocalypse, stuff coming back into fashion, and prop pieces or ‘art’, were some of the reasons given for the hoarding, but more understandable reasons of being able to play old games and keeping things around because they are good luck also made the list.
So that got us thinking about some of the other reasons we keep old tech, and not just phones, lying around.
Sentimental value is probably the biggest reason here, and that’s fair enough, but at some point you have to let go of the past and send it to the recyclers. And really, so much new stuff is released these days that’s so much better than the old stuff you bought. Upgrade cycles are a lot shorter, so there shouldn’t be enough time to get too attached to outdated tech before you get rid of it.
Maybe you need the spare parts. You’re holding onto that old PC because one day you might find yourself short of a DDR2 module or a PCI-based graphics card. The chances of that happening are slim to none and you should just go ahead and clean out the space that old box of PC components is taking up in your spare bedroom or garage.
Oh, but you also have all these cables in there that you won’t throw out just in case you might have to hook up a DVD player to a CRT TV using a Component connection. Chuck those out, too. Like Two Men and a Truck said in an email to us today, just keep the cables you currently need and use, and rid yourself of the clutter. And even though they’re removalists, they can help you clear out the glut of old tech gear you have lying around. That’s enterprising right there.
One day you’ll sell it on Gumtree . There’s bound to be someone out there who wants your old phones and computer gear, perhaps for all of the reasons stated above. How long are you willing to hold onto it until it’s sold? With so much gear out there, unless you have something really rare and hard to find otherwise, don’t hold your breath. Just get rid of it.
But perhaps the reason you don’t throw stuff out is because, like many of us, you just don’t like seeing things go to waste and you believe that you’re doing the world a favour by holding onto it rather than chucking it out. But that just means there’s less material to re-use and more new resources have to be dug up out of the ground, and that’s no good.
The shorter upgrade cycles for tech gear have contributed greatly to the proliferation of old tech lying around the home, and that’s just something we all have to get used to and start to manage. As MobileMuster claims, up to 90 per cent of the materials in old phones can be recycled, so if you are holding onto a phone that’s a couple of years old, it’s worth finding a muster point at a retailer to deposit it for recycling. If you’ve got old PCs, visit TechCollect, or call your local council or the PC’s manufacturer for more details on getting rid of it in an ethical way.
Did we miss your reason for holding onto old technology? Let us know in the comments.