11 June 2010 ~ 5 Comments

Don’t Throw Away, But Recycle Your Old Electronics

This week, Apple released a brand new iPhone 4 this week and chances are, iPhone 3GS users will upgrade. People are always attracted to new technology, which usually means that they will not need their previous model. Some of them sell their electronics on eBay, throw it in a drawer, or even toss it in the trash.

Have you ever thought of recycling your old electronics?

Recently, many stores and recycling centers have given consumers a place to take their old electronics and recycle them. When you consider that the average CRT tube on a monitor or TV holds about eight pounds of lead, it is important to have these items properly recycled.

Where To Start

To find a recycler in your area, check out myGreenElectronics.org, a site sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). It’s as simple as typing in your zip code and they will find the perfect spot to recycle your old electronics.

Another thing to consider before you recycle is to make sure you delete all of your information, whether it is files, credit card info, or personal data. This information will stay on your electronics and can possibly get into the wrong hands, so it’s important to get all of it removed.

Who Takes What

Most of the major retailers and manufacturers have some kind of recycling program, but a few of them will charge you to take it off your hands. Best Buy will take cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges at no cost. They will also take larger items such as a TV or laundry machine for free, but only if you’re buying a replacement. Other retailers such as Costco and Staples provide discounts for trade-in PCs, MP3 players, and more.

Office Depot has a different approach to recycling—coming at a cost. Purchase a small ($5), medium ($10), or large ($15) box and stuff it until the lid can close with any electronics you choose to get rid of. Take it to the store and they will take care of it from there.

On top of retailers, there are a lot of manufacturers who offer recycling programs. Electronics companies like Samsung, Lexmark, and Dell give customers an opportunity to recycle their old products directly.

So instead of dumping your old tech gadget into a landfill or your drawer, remember that there are plenty of ways to recycle your old electronics. We here at Etón promote green living and recycling anytime it’s possible.  Our products are eco-friendly and run off solar and hand powered energy, including our new product, the Soulra.

Go green and help the environment in the process.

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5 Responses to “Don’t Throw Away, But Recycle Your Old Electronics”

  1. Emily Trimble 25 June 2010 at 12:05 am Permalink

    While I’m not getting an iPhone 4, I do have old phones lying around that I need to get rid of. These are great ideas – I had no idea there were so many options! I’ll definitely be checking back here for more tips in the future.

  2. Julie Perry 30 June 2010 at 1:00 am Permalink

    I hadn’t even thought about what all these people will do with their old phones. Great advice!

  3. Molly C. McKnight 27 September 2010 at 1:16 pm Permalink

    Mostly I manage to recycle my junk responsibly however it is oftentimes hard to stay motivated when I observe what some nations seem to be doing to our planet!

  4. Branden Weeks 16 May 2012 at 5:03 pm Permalink

    Great information :)


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