With cell phone companies, laptop manufacturers, and video game brands constantly releasing newer models of their most popular products, Americans quickly accumulate castoff electronics that we don’t know what to do with. If you have a few of these abandoned electronics laying around the house, this helpful guide from the Environmental Protection Agency will provide advice for how you can donate or recycle them.
Many of the materials used to make things like computers and televisions are valuable and in limited supply. Things like metals, plastics, and glass require time and energy to mine or manufacture, and by tossing them in the garbage we are simply causing a vicious cycle of waste. When you donate your old electronics to one of the EPA’s recommended participants, you can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, avoid air and water pollution, and conserve valuable natural resources.
- Electronics Donation and Recycling [Environmental Protection Agency]