Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Where to recycle electronics

So your electronic whatsamajigger just died. Don't take it to the dump! It can be recycled.

Check out local electronics recycling options here. Accepted items include TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computer monitors, CPUs, mice, keyboards, cell phones, power supplies, laptops, scanners, computer cables and cords, stereos, answering machines, and other home electronics. They do not accept appliances at this time.

Don't forget the donation/reuse/repair angle. Check out the Baltimore County re-use directory for information on where to send your not-quite-dead or repairable electronics. There are plenty of charities that accept old cell phones for reuse by soldiers stationed abroad or survivors of domestic violence.

What about the accessories that go with your electronics: batteries? printer ink? light bulbs?

The MyGreenElectronics website lists corporate recycling and re-use programs
by Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, wireless phones, Best Buy, Nokia, and Motorola. Just the other day I dropped off some spent printer ink cartridges at my local Best Buy: the recycling kiosk is right inside the front door. I've also recycled printer ink cartridges at Office Depot, and I imagine you can do the same at Staples and other office supply stores.

You can recycle alkaline (AA, AAA) batteries, light bulbs, and plastic bags at IKEA.

Recycling and re-use programs are out there, and new initiatives are popping up all the time. If your favorite store doesn't appear to have recycling programs, ask a manager or check their webpage.

Photo credit: Chris Jordan creates remarkable photographic art. A few of his recent projects illustrate American consumption and waste on a grand scale. Click here to view "Running the Numbers." Ever wonder what two million plastic beverage bottles looks like? That's the number used in the US every five minutes. View his main website here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Somewhat related:

Don't forget about Freecycle. No gaurantee what the recipient will use your stuff for, but at least your thingamajigger has a chance at a second life. I've even given away clearly non-functional stuff, including a tape-eating VCR.\