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Recycling old electronics.

Does anyone know if there is somewhere in Zurich that will recycle or use for charitable purposes old (but still working) electronics?

For instance, I have an old Tom Tom that I no longer have any use for, its not worth selling as the price I could charge is not worth the effort to put it on Ricardo..... but I hate putting things that still work in the bin.

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Re: Recycling old electronics.

You don't need to put it in the bin, take it to any electrical store and they are obliged to take it for recycling.

It's not likely to be reused though, just stripped down for the metal content and any dangerous bits properly disposed of.

There's http://www.caritas-secondhand.ch/ but I'm not sure if they take electrical stuff; I haven't been past for ages.

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Re: Recycling old electronics.

Thanks newtoswitz.
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Re: Recycling old electronics.

post on EF, someone will probably take it.
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post on EF, someone will probably take it.


Free stuff almost always finds a taker. Unless it is really obsolete.
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Free stuff almost always finds a taker. Unless it is really obsolete.
...but do be prepared to be messed around. Some people have a habit of attaching only as much importance to your time and effort as the amount they are paying for the item

(To balance the scales, some people are bloody efficient and turn up when they say they will and don't quibble about agreed prices, and generally make the transaction incredibly easy on both parties. Under my new personal policy, they get lots of greenies from me )
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Does anyone know if there is somewhere in Zurich that will recycle or use for charitable purposes old (but still working) electronics?

For instance, I have an old Tom Tom that I no longer have any use for, its not worth selling as the price I could charge is not worth the effort to put it on Ricardo..... but I hate putting things that still work in the bin.

Any ideas gratefully received.


Actually, I was thinking that charities which use vehicles to pick up items for donation might have a use for a Tom Tom.
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There's http://www.caritas-secondhand.ch/ but I'm not sure if they take electrical stuff; I haven't been past for ages.
Caritas do take electrical items, if working, at least this is what I was told in the Caritas shop in Baden.
They put it on sale.
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Re: Recycling old electronics.

I have tried to donate to charities here and they are REALLY picky lol
Besides, studies have shown that charities are really inefficient and from what you donate to them only 10% reach the people in need. Yes 10% lol
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Old 13.08.2015, 11:23
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I have tried to donate to charities here and they are REALLY picky lol
Besides, studies have shown that charities are really inefficient and from what you donate to them only 10% reach the people in need. Yes 10% lol
On point 1 - they have to be. Anything they can't use they will have to pay to dispose of.


On point 2 - care to substiantiate that? Please using reputable studies of major charities only.
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Anything they can't use they will have to pay to dispose of.
Although electrical items, broken or otherwise, can be dropped of at any point of sale free of charge as well at post offices in Switzerland.
http://www.brings.ch/brings-zur-post.html
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Although electrical items, broken or otherwise, can be dropped of at any point of sale free of charge as well at post offices in Switzerland.
http://www.brings.ch/brings-zur-post.html
That only applies to individuals, not organisations, even charities.

I'm sure the charity would want to be cautious and not become a dumping place for rubbish. They could probably take stuff to the nearest Interdiscount in small quantities, but may have problems if they do it every day.

If you're giving to charity, a bit of time spent making their life easier is also a good donation!
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I have tried to donate to charities here and they are REALLY picky lol
And so they should be to, as they need to be cost effective.
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And even if it were true, it's more than the people in need would get if people didn't give at all.
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Re: Recycling old electronics.

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That only applies to individuals, not organisations, even charities.

I'm sure the charity would want to be cautious and not become a dumping place for rubbish. They could probably take stuff to the nearest Interdiscount in small quantities, but may have problems if they do it every day.

If you're giving to charity, a bit of time spent making their life easier is also a good donation!
Well it would be an individual who works at the charity shop if anyone who would take the item, if found to be broken/not fit for resale, to the post office or electrical shop for recycling. Aren't these points of sale obliged to take electrical items? Is there a limit on the quantity of items one can take? I don't see how a limit can be implemented in any case. All you have to do is make several separate trips over time. You're not obliged to purchase anything.
If points of sale/the post offices do refuse to take items then they are encouraging illegal dumping of electrical goods elsewhere.

Charities are already a dumping place for rubbish. Try going for a walk early morning down any streets with a couple of charity shops along them. Overnight, over the weekend, boxes and sacks are often dumped outside these shops by people wanting to get rid of items and rubbish. The charities already have to dispose of all that and presumably nearly always have to pay to do so. But again here, if the per-bag rubbish tax were abolished there wouldn't be this problem as everyone would be able to throw all of their rubbish away hassle-free and free of charge and not think up different, convenient ways of dumping rubbish, - like 'donating it' to charity shops.

I actually know someone who works in a charity shop and they told me that a large part of what is dumped outside the shop whilst it is closed is completely unfit for resale, they have even had sacks of ordinary household waste dumped overnight on a regular basis with a few good items, like clothes and books at the top of the sack - but underneath it was packed full of empty food packets, milk cartons, polystyrene, washing detergent bottles, even the small black pet faeces bags (used) - and there isn't really anything they can do about this, after all it is not illegal to 'donate to a charity shop'.
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