Don’t Trash that Console: Rethink What You Do with Your “Old” System

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BAN is the world’s only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts.

About the Pledge

Is your PS3 or Xbox 360 now obsolete with the release of the PS4 and Xbox One? Do the “old” systems no longer hold your attention now that you can hop onto a bigger, better network connecting you to gamers across the globe? Have you already forgotten the good times playing GTA V and FF XIV—just you, your Xbox 360 and a bag of chips? If so, rethink what to do with your “old” consoles, because the least they deserve is to be buried with honors, not consigned to the landfill.  

While your intact, functioning consoles have provided you hours (let’s face it: years) of fun, their technology is full of toxins such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Throwing these consoles in the trash would release those dangerous chemicals into the environment (and wreak havoc on your karma). 

In honor of the good times you’ve shared, pledge to recycle your gaming system and protect the environment!

Photo Caption: An employee arranges discarded computers at an electronic waste recycling factory in Wuhan, Hubei province March 29, 2011.

Photo Credit: Stringer/Reuters

I support the gaming community and the community as a whole and pledge to:  

  • Find a good home among friends and family for my fully functioning, playable console and all its peripheries.
  • Spread the gamer love by donating to a worthy cause my fully functioning, playable console and all its peripheries.
  • Keep toxins out of landfills and bury my console with honors by safely, responsibly and ethically recycling my broken consoles at a certified e-Stewards recycler.


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