And now let us applaud Office Depot, a company that seems to have figured it out: consumers want an easy way to recycle old electronics, and we’d like an economic incentive to do so. The major chain recently announced that they’ll be offering a Tech Trade-In promotion aimed to helping customers get money back for old electronics (while encouraging them to buy new stuff, of course). Additionally, Office Depot is aiming at collecting 400 tons of e-waste during a one-month window in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

During their Trade-In Trade Up Event, Office Depot is offering $25 off any shredder priced at $129.99 or more when you trade in an old one, and $50 off any printer priced $199.99 or more when you trade in a old printer (from March 28 to April 24), as well as $30 off any camera $149.99 or more when you trade in a functioning 5MP camera or higher with its own rechargeable battery, and $75 off on any notebook computer when you trade in a still-functioning Microsoft XP laptop (or newer) complete with the power cord (March 28 to April 24).

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As far as more lasting incentives, starting April 11, customers can visit to trade in their old electronics (presumably via US Mail) and receive an Office Depot gift card. (The gift card value is determined using a recycle trade-in value as determined by Gazelle.)  At the Office Depot website, customers can trade in LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, desktop and laptop computers, gaming systems, MP3 players, camcorders, Smartphones/PDAs (among other things), and in turn will receive a gift card redeemable at any retail store.

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