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Why Throw Away Your Old Electronics? Check Out These Other Options

We all have old electronics to dispose of, but we don't know where we can recycle them. Well thanks to Toni, now we do! Thank you Toni for this great information!

 


Why Throw Away Your Old Electronics? Check Out These Other Options


Do you have a pile of obsolete (to you) electronic items: Old cell phones, computers, printers? Join the club. Green globeAccording to the EPA, Americans bought 438 million electronic products in 2009. That means millions of other electronic gadgets became obsolete.  If everyone donated or recycled those: 2 million tons of waste would not hit our landfills. Visit the EPA to find out more about it epa.gov/ecycling.

What can you do to help? Check out these options

You Can Donate It - You don’t get very much on trade-ins anyway.

  • Every phone you donate provides an hour of talk time to soldiers serving overseas. Go to cellphonesforsoldiers.com to print a postage-paid shipping label.
  • Hopeline is free cellphones and airtime for victims of domestic violence. Visit verizonwireless.com/hopeline
  • National Cristina Foundation matches donated computers with schools and charities in 50 states, Canada and internationally. Go to Cristina.org to find out more.


You Can Recycle it:  

  • Check out the EPA’s e-cycling partners at epa.gov/plugin.
  • And you can  go to www.earth911.com key in your item and zip code to get the local recycling centers near you. (BTW-did you know that 13 billions pounds of paper towels are used in the US each year?)
  • Dell Reconnect and Goodwill work together to make donating more convenient.  You can take your computer equipment (any brand in any condition) to a participating Goodwill Center. Check it out at ww.reconnectpartnership.com


You Might Try Trading It In

  • Some companies offer trade-in discounts (We got them when we bought new cell phones at Sprint). Jigsaw
  • You can ship your item for free or take it to the a Best Buy Trade-In Store for a gift card. Check out the trade-in locations on the website: www.bestbuytradein.com.
  • Amazon.com also gives you a credit in your account for sending in eligible electronics.
  • Staples - Trade in used ink cartridges (up to 10/month) and receive $2 each in Staples Rewards. Go to Staples.com for locations near you.


You can always sell it to someone. Check out Usell.com for pricing on used phones.

Green Earth



Just think how much healthier the earth and everything in it would be without all that waste.





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