Recycling Electronics

Though Americans are doing their part to recycle more, about 2 million tons of "e-waste" still ends up in landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here are some simple ways to recycle your unwanted electronics.

If your computer is less than five years old and in working condition, consider donating it to a nonprofit organization such as the National Cristina Foundation, which refurbishes computers for disadvantaged or disabled individuals.

If your computer -- or another personal electronic device -- is not in working condition, Staples offers an in-store recycling program. To clarify what was mentioned on the show, Staples will recycle used computers, printers, monitors, and laptops for a $10 fee. Small electronics, computer accessories, such as mice and keyboards, PDAs, rechargeable batteries, and all Dell-branded computers and printers can be recycled at Staples stores for free.

Cell Phones
Old cell phones, working or broken, can be donated along with chargers to the Wireless Foundation Call to Protect Program, which refurbishes phones for survivors of domestic violence.

GreenPhone will give consumers and businesses cash or instant credit toward another device in exchange for unwanted, intact cell phones.

For more information about the Staples recycling program, visit staples.com.

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Comments (2)

  • DaveL 12 May, 2010

    So much for being green. I, like probably hundreds of others, drove to Staples with printers to turn in for recycling. 16 miles round trip in my case. The store said I would have to pay them $20 instead of the store credit mentioned by Martha on-air. Oh well - I took them back so I can call the local non-profit that recycles them for free (but, of course, they'll have to use gas, too, for their truck to come and see me). This should have been corrected on-air.

  • v8redhott 12 May, 2010

    Martha said on her show that if you recycle your old computer electronics, you would get "$10.00" back. I figured this was too good to be true, so I checked her site regarding the show, now it says they charge you a $10 fee to recycle it. Good thing I checked, I was going to gather up all my old computer parts in the basement and rush over to get my $10 for each piece I returned. I would have been mad if I had done that. They need to do more research before telling people things like this!

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