How do I get rid of Electronic Waste?
Getting Rid of E-Waste
Before recycling or donating electronics, it is important that you remove all personal and/or confidential information. Simply deleting files will not remove them from your device. Free data destruction software can be found online. If you are not able to do this yourself, many retailers offer this service for a small fee, and many manufacturers provide information on how to “wipe” their devices on their websites.
Before selecting a collector or recycler, ask them how they handle data security.
Donate for reuse if possible.
If your product can be reused, donate it to a reputable reuse organization, that won’t export it unless it’s fully functional.
If your product is too old or too broken to donate, you should recycle it. But many recyclers simply export your old products, dumping them on developing nations. Your best option is to use a recycler who is part of the “e-Steward” network; they don’t export to developing nations, and they follow other high standards. Many also will reuse and refurbish equipment.
“e-Steward” Recycling centers can be found at www.e-stewards.org
If there is no e-Steward near you, then you may want to use the manufacturer’s take back program, although many don’t provide much disclosure about responsible recycling. Many of the electronics companies have voluntary take back programs, where they will recycle your old products for free. Some offer trade-in value or money back for your products.
Still Can’t Find A Convenient Location? Try these retailers.
Staples. Staples takes back many electronics products for free recycling, thanks to their partnership with HP. They don’t take TVs or stereo equipment. One customer can drop off a maximum of 6 products per day.
Best Buy takes back electronics at every Best Buy store, including TVs (up to 32 inches). This does not include household appliances.
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