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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.

Computers
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.

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

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