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Recycling Your Old Electronics

Updated on March 15, 2013

Electronic Recycling

Electronic recycling is becoming more popular and more necessary with all the electronic products such as computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, monitors, and fax machines, and all your other electronic gadgets that get old and need a place to go. Many of the electronic product parts we us today can be refurbished, reused, and resold almost as good as new.

Americans toss out approximately two million tons of electronic junk each year. We are filling up the landfills with toxic materials from old computer monitors, and batteries. Discarded electronics have become the main category of waste at municipal waste disposal centers. It has expanded as a definable waste category three times faster than any other, much more than paper, metals, plastic or glass, and now makes up approximately 5 % of all worldwide municipal solid waste. Some electronic products contain high enough levels of certain materials, such as lead, that render them hazardous waste when disposed. Making it even more attractive to recycle them out as a useful product again.

It is now getting so much easier to recycle your electronic products, as more and more places are jumping on this recycling bandwagon. However, there are some places that will charge a fee to recycle your old electronic equipment. There are plenty of recycling, and donation programs across the country looking for your electronic products.

If you live in the United States and have old computers, televisions or computer monitors, console TVs, air conditioners, microwave ovens, or electrical goods you want to get rid of, Best Buy will take them for free at 117 stores across the following states: Minnesota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Washington, and Maryland. And that number is growing every day.

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A complete list of where you can go to to start recycling your electronics:

Best Buy Recycling

If you should decide to donate your old computer, you can now get a tax deduction, and save the environment at the same time. Furthermore, most computer companies will accept their brand of computer to be recycled from customers buying new ones. Some office supply stores accept old computers as well. Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any second hand stores are willing to take good used computers for the needy.

Cell Phones: Find donation bins at electronic stores. Some libraries have dumpsters for old phones. Companies like, will give value to many used cell phones that are not in use anymore. If you donate to CellPhone Bank you will be providing emergency communication to someone in need. They accept phones to use as emergency phones for crime victims and seniors.

Batteries: Some retail stores selling rechargeable batteries will accept used ones. It's easy and free to recycle your old cell phones and rechargeable batteries from your cordless electronic products.

Printer Supplies: Used ink cartridges are valuable. Trade them in for discounts or refill them at retail stores. Hewlett Packard's Trade-In and recycling programs, are easy when upgrading equipment or disposing of used printing supplies. They take you through the whole process of recycling your old products. Computers-Most computer makers accept their brand from customers buying new ones. Recycle 4 Charity is another organization working to save the environment and offer good quality products to the needy.

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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      10 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for the nice comment. Yes Best Buy is has good green practices.

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      Peter Enmore 

      10 years ago

      I didn't know Best Buy did that. That is really neat. Thanks for educating the public with your great informative hub!

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      11 years ago

      Computer Buyback and Recycling Programs aid in reducing the amount of electronics in landfills by refurbishing for reuse or by safely recycling it. Offering recycling, trade in, and buyback programs offer customers a simple way to receive cash for their unwanted technology equipment or, if there is no value, recycle it.

      Making solutions that make it easy for customers to go green. Computer Buyback and Recycling programs reduce environmental impact by providing a convenient way for customers to responsibly recycle data center equipment. Environmentally, RICOM is committed to offering products and services that are environmentally practical throughout their life cycles.

      Remanufacture and reuse is only one component of the environmental lifecycle. A complete approach to the environment considers all aspects of a product's lifecycle and footprint of a product. Systems that can be upgraded using refurbished components extend the end date of their use. RICOM offers refurbished components in new products and packaging as an alternative of cost savings.

      Hardware asset recovery has value with used equipment Trade-in/trade-up, donation and off lease programs. With 20 years experience in IT sales, refurbishing and recycling operations, green is good business. Our vast portfolio of blade, virtualized configurations as well as energy star certified products cuts power costs, and consolidates data center real estate. Recycling computers rather than depositing them in landfills or shipping them off for other nations has risk of sensitive data. RICOM’s partnered with company’s assisting in such disk data sanitation services.

      RICOM extends environmental technology solutions saving customers money. Electronic products make up the fastest growing segment of our landfill waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2007, more than 63 million computers in the United States were traded in for replacements, or simply thrown out. Discarded computers don't just take up space in a landfill. Careless computer disposal spread toxic wastes of more than 100 chemicals leaching in the soil. Be responsible, reuse certified refurbished equipment, and recycle your aging data center equipment that is cost effective both business and environmentally.

      Green Asset Recovery Solutions, contact RICOM


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