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Take Care Of Your E-Waste This Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, which means you should take the time to do a thorough E-waste spring cleaning! Did you know that every year more than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is disposed in landfills? When computers, TVs and cell phones go to landfills, they can leak lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, selenium, chromium, and many other toxic materials into drinking water and have serious effects on our health. Thankfully companies like Sharp Electronics are celebrating Earth Day for the entire month of April. For all customers who buy a new Sharp LCD TV (measuring at least 37 inches), Sharp will recycle their old TV for free. When your new TV is delivered, the company will even pick up your old one. Do your part this Earth Day (and everyday) to preserve and conserve our planet. Below are some tips and suggestions to help you go gadget green this Earth Day!

  • Reuse and Recycle Your Gadgets Try re-using old computers and cell phones by giving them to a younger sibling or friend. You can even donate them to a local organization or a church or school. Do a bit of research and see if there is a recycling service in your community. If you exercise all of the options above and decide that you must dispose your electronics, make sure that you do not give anything to a recycler who ships waste overseas; as this just transfers the problem elsewhere.
  • Check out E-Waste Recycling Sites For more info, visit great NGO computer donation and recycling sites like: Used Computer, Share Technology and Earth 911


Join The Conversation
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
I had a bunch of old cell phones in a drawer and after reading this i finally remembered to put them in the donation drop box at the supermarket.
museanima museanima 10 years
I usually donate all my old electronics to the school district. I always feel like goodwill and those other places are just black holes, you never know where your stuff is really being used.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
It seems like they ought to recycle your TV for free all the time, not just on Earth Day. All they have to do is throw it in a pile somewhere. I keep my computers until they have a meltdown, but when I do get rid of them I send them up to my brother, who gives them to a school where people tear them apart and learn to rebuild them.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Usually I clean my hard drive out before I give anything away. My dad either gives it to the Salvation Army or resellers.
meushi meushi 10 years
oh if ur gonna donate ur pcs to the church or some orphanage, please remember to delete any pornographic material in the hard drive first .. speaking from experience :/
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I thought this post was going to be about junk email and emptying your email trash. HAHAHA!
Megami76 Megami76 10 years
I actually just got rid of a large old TV and microwave (both still working!) to my local goodwill. It's good to know that someone else will get good use out of items I no longer need.
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