Did you know that it’s against the law to throw electronics in the trash? It is in many states. But, and this will be a “duh!” . . . we shouldn’t need laws to tell us to do what is common sense and important to help keep the soil, air, water and ultimately, all living beings (us) to stay healthy in the first place by keeping our environment clean and healthy.
We all know that “throwing” our computers and monitors, and for that matter, any tech gadgets into the trash is not only a bad idea, but don’t always take the time to do the right thing to recycle them correctly. I’ve been in many a house and business where there are small to tall stacks of e-waste - computers, printers, monitors, phones and other electronic gadgets and parts - waiting for somewhere to go. My clients are trying to do the right thing, but it’s also sucking up a percentage of their living, working or storage space in the mean time.
Recyclers recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year. It’s still only a drop in the bucket of all the electronics that need to be recycled correctly.
So, how and where to dispose of them? I’m going to lead you to a few sites that give you lots of information, not just my area, as every state is different. But for those in the Longmont, Colorado area where I live, I want to tell you that I just found out last week where you can take your computer towers to be recycled and reused FOR FREE!
1. Computer Specialists of Longmont These awesome folks have a local gadget guy that takes them repurposes them. YEA! Give them a call first and ask about taking your flat screen and laptop too. Just no big old montors (like the one I’m looking at while typing right now! (I love my big, old T-REX monitor!!)
And, of course, don’t see Computer Specialists as just a dumping ground! Take time to shop; see their in-store products and give them your real business too – I just had a computer fixed – they’re the “specialists!”, really nice and EZPZ to work with.
2. G&S Mountain Recyclers - This is another Longmont business where they also destroy your harddrive and refurbish computers for local non-profits. Watch their video, which not only shows what they do to recycle computers, but how great that they’re making a difference in our community by creating jobs, linking up with the local LaborForce. Great job G&S!
And what about all your other egadgets? G&S can take care of all the e-waste you can’t just donate, but for a fee can let it go! I know we hate paying to get rid of these things, but really, you’ve enjoyed it, it’s served you for months, years, decades! . . . pay a small fee and let it go. This fee constitutes your taking care of us all, and yourself in the long run.
How and where to dispose of computers and other electronics:
First place to start is to go online to search for your local e-cycle, eco-cycle and recycle centers.
Most larger towns have one for paper, plastic, glass, etc. and will have their electronics recycle plan for the greater community or region or can lead you to where it is. Here’s Longmont’s as an example which includes Shred Events! Yea again! Don’t miss my article on how to shred too.
Plug-In To eCycling Partners
Earth911 Great ideas for lots of things that need recycling.
Thank you for loving our planet!