Sometimes it’s hard for me to decide what goes in to a compost bin let alone a recycling bin. Add in recycling electronics and I’m in way over my head.
If the junk drawer in my apartment is any indication, I have no idea what to do with all my cell phones from early 2004, old charger cables, batteries, and first generation iPods.
The EPA to the rescue! Did you know that recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year? Neither did I! Since everyday should be #EarthDay we’ve complied all the info you need to be more proactive in recycling your old devices and help the world be a better place (literally).
Mobile Devices: You can return your old cell phones to most retailers and manufacturers. Typically, places like Best Buy, Staples, Dell, LG, and Samsung will offer in-store and online recycling options. Apple and T-Mobile will take back older models and sometimes even give you a credit towards your new device.
Computers and accessories: In addition to the above, LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony also offer permanent drop-off sites. Dell provides customers with a mail-back service and a pre-paid FedEx return label!
Batteries: You can return car batteries to any storefront that sells car batteries. Dry-cell batteries are often recycled within the community or even by your apartment building or office. Look for in-store recycling bins or search for facilities in your area.
Cables: Cables can also go in the same bins as mobile phones. Easy!
Other devices that can also be recycled include printers, televisions, VCRs, video games, DVD players, old iPods/MP3 players, and microwaves. Remember, you can always donate older electronics, but do know that there is an alternative to just throwing your obsolete tech in the trash! Visit the National Center for Electronics Recycling for more info.
Don’t forget, if you’ve got some really old stuff, you may want to check out some antique shops, they may be interested in buying it from you.