If the latest smartphone, tablet, camera, or laptop is always on the horizon for you, what are you doing with your older model electronics? Many of us have old phones sitting in a junk drawer, and even worse, many unused gadgets are ending up in landfills.

Disposed electronics, or e-Waste, can leak toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater, polluting the environment and exposing us to hazardous chemicals. In 2010 alone, about 152 million mobile phones were discarded in the United States, and only 17 million were recycled.

In order to combat e-Waste, NextWorth, an electronics trade-in and recycling company, created a safe haven for used electronics. In an effort to give people an easy, safe, responsible way to get maximum value for their used electronics, NextWorth accepts everything from old DVDs and games, to the latest smartphones and tablets.

“Our hope is to change the way people buy consumer electronics, so they first think what they can get for their old device before purchasing their next one,” Jeff Trachsel, CMO of NextWorth, said.

To start your trade-in, log on to NextWorth and receive an instant quote based on the product you wish to discard. Customers may then send in their old devices directly from their home using a printed out, pre-paid shipping label. NextWorth will evaluate its condition and mail you the payment via a check or send it to you via PayPal.

If you prefer an in-store experience, you can trade-in your used gizmos at Target locations nationwide. By trading in at Target, you can get an instant quote and walk away with a Target gift card on the spot.

After the trade-in, NextWorth recycles the device for you, reusing the item’s materials, such as gold, copper, plastics and glass.

“E-waste is a growing issue that needs to be addressed through a combination of measures, one of which is consumer electronics trade-in and recycling. When we buy new cell phones or other electronic devices, what happens to all of the old or broken gadgets? Without taking the time to properly dispose of them, those devices get thrown away, creating e-waste. As the number of personal devices has grown, so has the amount of e-waste,” Trachsel said.

In honor of Earth Month, NextWorth is giving away a free eco-friendly iPad case and offering 10 percent off on trade-ins through the end of the month. Check it out at www.nextworth.com