You shouldn't throw your old electronics items out with the trash for two reasons. First, because of all the toxins they can contain, and second, because you may be able to cash in those old gadgets at any number of electronics stores or online sites.
Stores and online retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Target (which has an electronics trade-in program with NextWorth), will take your old electronics and either offer a trade in, store gift card, or cash.
Prices will vary, says Consumer Reports' ShopSmart magazine, but to get the most for your electronics devices, hang on to all the accessories—including chargers, manuals, and the original packaging. And even if the retailer won't give you anything for your old stuff, you can usually send or bring it in, and the company will recycle it responsibly.
Check out our video for more tips and advice on recycling electronics.
And learn more about going green at ConsumerReports.org: 22 ways to go green for Earth Day 2012.