How to Cleverly Get Rid of Old Video Games

You now have a new video game for the festive season, that sounds exciting. At the same time, it’s not easy saying goodbye to your old video games. You may have spent many hours on your favorite video game. Whether it was jumping from buildings or hijacking cars from random people, your old video games carry numerous memories of excitement and sometimes defeat.

Although the memories are plenty, we all get to a time when we need to switch to something new. With new video game releases every year, you should consider disposing of your old ones to make space for substitution. If you’re looking to dispose of your old video games, we recommend following these tips.


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1.   First Rule: Don’t Dump It in The Trash

After buying a new video game, you might be tempted to dispose of your old video games in the trash together with other waste materials. However, this is not advisable. Instead, consider taking it to a used video game store. In many states, improper disposal of such items might have you arrested by relevant environmental authorities.

Additionally, this harms the environment since the plastic materials that make video game holders are non-biodegradable. Non-biodegradable materials cannot decompose by bacteria or other living organisms, which means they are environmental pollution agents. In 2016 alone, the United States generated more than six million tons of e-waste alone, compared to other continents.

2.   Resell

As the adage says, old is gold. Additionally, what doesn’t work for you might work for another person. This means that there are people who might find your old video game enjoyable. Before throwing it out, you should consider researching from friends or family members whether they are interested in buying your old video game. If your video game is in good working condition, you might make some money in the process. The internet has plenty of sites that can buy your old video games and sell them on your behalf. This is time-saving since you don’t have to engage and negotiate with the actual buyers. However, you should not expect much money from these types of deals since your video game might be an old version; most people only want a new version of a video game.

3.   Donate

The happiness brought by your old video game could be doubled for a sick child in a hospital who wants something to excite them. You might also have a favorite kid whom you’d want to treasure with your old video game. Additionally, you can stack your old video games and donate them to kids in orphanages who might not have the luxury of buying a video game. You can research from the internet about charity organizations that give children entertainment tools and toys.


4.   Recycle

Old video games are full of toxic materials that may harm the environment. If your old video game is broken, you should consider recycling it. There are plenty of companies that will recycle your old video games on your behalf. Many of these e-waste recycler companies accept any non-biodegradable material. However, ensure to contact them in advance. They will provide you with a list of what they can and cannot recycle.

Finally, you might not be ready to let go of your old video game. If this is the case, you can stash it away in your archives center. If in the future you want to relive your memories, retrieving it will be easy. We hope our guide provided you with the best disposal tips for your old video games. Recycling, donating, or reselling will give your old video game the send-off it deserves.

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