Why Does It Matter?
Bells will ring, gadgets will sing and computers will hum. Now that the holidays are here, you might be wondering about what to do with your old, outdated, or obsolete electronics. We can help.
Electronics are the fastest growing portion of the waste stream. The U.S. National Safety Council estimates that 75% of all PC’s ever sold are no longer used. What’s more, CRT (cathode ray tube) T.V.’s and computer monitors contain many toxic substances including lead. A typical CRT monitor can contain up to 1.5 pounds of lead.
And, although recycling rates of electronics are increasing, there are still those that are landfilled or incinerated which can lead to the release of toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium into our air, soil and groundwater.
Electronic manufacturers also use precious metals, including gold, silver and platinum in their production of these components. If unwanted electronics are not recycled, those metals can never be captured
What Should You Do?
Fortunately, there are many ongoing, environmentally safe electronics recycling programs within Hendricks County. The following is a list of “frequently asked about” electronics and where they are accepted, throughout the year, for recycling. You should contact each recycler for details about their specific program and applicable fees.
· TV’s: Bee Environmental, Best Buy, Electronics Recyclers International (ERI), Goodwill, NuGenesis, Office Depot, RadioShack and Twin Bridges RDF
· Computers & Components: Bee Environmental, Best Buy, Direct Communications, Disposal Alternatives Organization, Electronics Recyclers International (ERI), Goodwill, Office Depot, RadioShack and Staples
· Cell Phones & Accessories Bee Environmental, Best Buy, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Direct Communications, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), Goodwill, , NuGenesis, RadioShack, Staples and Verizon Wireless
The District’s Guide to Being Green is a great way to learn more about local recycling options for electronics and many other items you may not know what to do with. You can download a digital copy of the guide at our website. Or, contact our office and we’ll be happy to mail you a hard copy.
A great way to be sure you are considering the environment when selecting your next computer, smartphone or television is to consult Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics. The annual guide looks at sustainability practices of many of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers so you can make informed buying decisions.
Batteries are critical components of many of today’s electronics. Later this month we’ll cover the basics of battery disposal and recycling. Stay tuned!