Recycling E-Waste   2 comments

Recycling symbolElectronic waste, or e-waste, refers to any electronic devices that you are ready to toss. That includes computers, televisions, radios, stereos, etc. Such equipment often contains toxic chemicals such as PCBs, lead, cadmium and mercury, to name a few. If these products end up in a landfill, their carcinogenic components will either find their way into waterways or they’ll be burned and released into the atmosphere.

The Good Human recently released a report detailing resources for proper recycling of e-waste. Here’s what they found:

  • The US Postal Service will recycle, for free, inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage. They have envelopes in the post office for sending these items.
  • Staples will recycle computers, office technology products, ink and toner cartridges, cell phones and other personal electronics, and rechargeable batteries.
  • Best Buy recycles e-waste from any manufacturer, and takes just about anything electronic, including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, audio and video cables, cell phones, and more. Most things are recycled absolutely free, with a few restrictions.
  • IKEA stores will recycle burnt out CFL lightbulbs
  • Apple Computer will recycle your old computer and monitor for free – with the purchase of any qualifying Apple computer or monitor. However, they will also recycle your cell phone or iPod free of charge with no purchase necessary.
  • Waste Management, the huge trash services company, will recycle fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, electronics, and other universal wastes with their recycling kits.
  • Office Depot takes back recycling, but charges you for the small, medium or large box that you can fill to the brim with your stuff.
  • Dell Computers recycles through a partnership with Staples. They also work hard to keep e-waste out of developing nations.

Finally, if you don’t have access to any of these resources, The Good Human suggests checking out the following websites: E-Cycling Central, Earth 911, the National Recycling Coalition, or Call 2 Recycle.


Posted October 22, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Recycling E-Waste

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  1. Awesome collection of resources. It’s frustrating that proper disposal of electronics can be so difficult.
    Thanks for the post!

  2. Great resource Mary. Thanks!
    It’s frustrating how difficult it can be to get rid of these things.

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