By Lori Bongiorno
Wondering what to do with all the old stuff now after you get a bunch of new things for the holidays?
Resist the urge to cram your closets with junk you'll never use again or send perfectly useful things to the landfill. Here's how you can donate, give away, recycle, sell, or trade old items.
Most of us already have a stockpile of old electronics we don't know what to do with. Luckily, it's easier and easier to responsibly get rid of old gadgets. Don't forget to take your personal info off of cell phones and computers first.
- Many major consumer electronics manufacturers, such as Dell and Apple, will take back their old products.
- A growing number of retailers have extensive free recycling programs or trade-in options (where you get store credit when you bring in old electronics). Best Buy and Staples have in-store and online programs that are worth checking out.
- Donate old cell phones and computers directly to a charity in