More than likely, someone in your household got a new electronic device over the holidays. Perhaps it was a new TV, computer, tablet, e-reader, iPod/MP3 player, game system, or smartphone. If those new electronics replaced something you already owned and now no longer need, don’t throw your old electronics into your trash!
All electronics, no matter how small, contain chemicals and metals that can be harmful to the environment when mixed with household trash. Plus, these metals and other components can be used to create new electronics.
First, try to sell or donate usable and unwanted electronics. No takers? Recycle them, along with any electronics that no longer work. Visit Earth 911 or 1-800-Recycling.com to search for nearby electronics locations by zip code. Or check out E-cycle: know why, know where.
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