Latest cell phone; fastest computer; thinnest flat screen TV – when it comes to electronics and newest gadgets many of us are first in line! And all of the newest stuff is wonderful, but what do you with the old stuff? How do you properly dispose of it – or can you recycle it or share it with someone else who can use it?
Reports say that us American own about 24 electronic products per household. Trashing the “old” products is overwhelming our landfills. There are a lot of toxic materials embedded in electronic products, and these products make up 70% of the toxic material in landfills. When the electronics break apart they release their toxins which leach into the soil and water or become airborne.
Electronics contain valuable elements such as precious metals and manufactured plastic. By reusing these material we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, save energy and save resources.
So here are a few ideas on how/where you can recycle your electronics:
1. Check local schools, churches or charities.
a. Can they put your unwanted electronics to use?
i. It could be a tax deduction too.
2. Give your old cell phones to a nonprofit organization that refurbishes them for people in need.
a. www.WirelessFoundation.org or 202-785-0081
b. www.recellular.com or 800-441-1544
3. Visit www.epa.gov/plugin to find electronics manufacturers and retailers that participate in the EPA’s “Plug-In to eCycling” program. Several retailers offer in-store “take back” services, some even offer in-store credit.
4. Learn about recycling options in our area by visiting www.earth911.com or calling 800-CLEANUP.
5. Visit www.ecyclingcentral.com for additional local information.
Until next time,
Reechia & Keith
Plano Real Estate