recycle_electron.jpgThe holidays are upon us and you know what that means…tons of new electronics for the masses. But what about all the old, unwanted electronics that have been stuffed away in America’s closets, junk drawers, garages, attics and basements? Forgive me while I switch into annoying, lecture-y Green Mom mode for a moment—I strongly recommend you don’t just throw that stuff in the trash because, believe it or not, electronics are loaded with heavy metals and toxins that will eventually end up being incinerated and polluting our air or leaching into our groundwater. And? It’s illegal is some locales. But you DO have options—if your city has an electronics recycling program, use it because it’s probably the easiest option of all. But if you’re not that lucky don’t despair because there are several companies that have finally decided to step up  help consumers responsibly recycle their e-waste.

Behold…

THE GMF LIST OF RECYCLING AWESOMETASTICNESS:

Costco – Costco will accept all computers, LCD monitors, digital cameras, camcorders, game systems & MP3 players and recycle them for FREE—plus, your item(s) may have potential trade-in value, remitted to you in the form of a Costco Cash card. Sounds like a win-win to us! Check here for more info.

Staples -  Staples accepts used computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all–in–ones to any U.S. Staples store. All brands are accepted with a nominal recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment used to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge. Staples also offers $3 in Staples Rewards toward a future purchase of ink or toner when HP, Lexmark™ or Dell cartridges are returned to our retail stores for recycling. Get all the details here.

DellDell will recycle your unwanted Dell-branded Product for free plus, if you buy a new Dell desktop or notebook and select the free recycling option at the time of purchase, they will recycle your old PC and monitor at no cost to you. Get all the details here.

Sony – Sony will take back any Sony product for recycling. Just find your local drop-off location and hand it over. Sony also offers a trade in program for Sony laptops and camcorders that will net you a credit towards the purchase of a new Sony laptop or camcorder (some restrictions apply). See Sony’s recycling page for details on these and other programs.

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – This company works with tons of stores to accept cell phones and rechargeable batteries (Ni-Cd, NiMH, lithium-ion, lithium-ion-polymer batteries and lead-acid batteries up to 2 lbs. per battery). They do not recycle primary batteries, rechargeable alkalines or lead-acid batteries weighing more than 2 lbs. each. To find more info on battery and cell phone recycling or to find a conveniently located recycling center near you, just go here.

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