New year, new electronics?

More than likely, a member of your household got a new electronic device recently, either over the holidays or as a start to the new year. 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 the 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? Check with your community solid waste management authority to see if there is a special collection location or event for unwanted electronics.  Or search online for the nearest recycling location. Here are some places to start your search:

EPA Electronics Recycling locations

Earth 911 Recycling Search

E-cycling Central

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