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What to do with Old Circuit Boards

What to do with Old Circuit Boards

Jul 31,2013

Almost every electronic device in your home has a circuit board. As advancements in technology continue, many of your devices are rendered useless. Instead of allowing your old electronics to waste away, there are many options that should be considered.


If not disposed of properly, circuit boards may have negative impact on the environment. Luckily, old circuit boards can be broken down and reused in other electronic devices. Research your area and find out what can and cannot be recycled. While some places may accept your old TVs and computers, others may only want the circuit board (which can easily be removed). Check out websites like Earth911.com or http://1800recycling.com/ to find out where you can recycle these devices. Many electronics companies also have trade in or recycling programs.


If you are looking to make a profit off your old circuit boards, there are people out there who will pay. Many of these buyers are interested in the metals that make up your board such as gold and copper. Selling your circuit boards and electronics to metal scrapping companies is a great way to make some extra cash while also reducing the likelihood of danger to the environment. Be sure to do your research and understand that depending on the company, requirements and prices will vary.

DIY Projects

If you find parting with your old circuit boards difficult, another alternative to recycling or selling is to re-purpose them. A simple web search will provide numerous crafts and example of what you can do with a circuit board. Here are some creative DIY projects to reuse circuit boards that will help to channel your inner geek. 

There are plenty of options when it comes to getting rid of old printed circuit boards and electronics. Take action and avoid letting them go to waste or harm the environment.

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