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How To Reuse or Recycle Electronics


Electronics Recycling Questions and Answers
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Should I Reuse or Recycle My Old Electronics?

Yes. When you outgrow your computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment, and pass them on to a new user — that's reuse.  We encourage everyone to reuse or donate reusable electronic equipment first, then recycle what can’t be reused or donated.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND WASTE MANAGEMENT
  • Saves landfill space, and keeps toxics out of the landfills and incinerators
  • Keeps down the costs to local government
  • Conserves natural resources by reducing the need for raw materials
  • Allows you to help those who are less fortunate
  • May qualify for tax breaks if you donate

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What If I Want To Donate My Old Electronics?

Donating used electronics prevents waste, and preventing waste in the first place is the best waste management option available.  Here are tips Exit EPA Click for disclaimer for donating computers.

If you are a Government office, you should follow your State’s surplus and asset management policies.

We encourage you to inform recipients of donated electronics of the importance of properly managing the electronics at the end of their useful life.

Visit our National page for additional information about donating old computers and other electronic equipment.


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How Do I Choose A Reputable Recycler?

It is important to ask the right questions before you choose an electronics recycler. Here is a Guide to help you ask the right questions.

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What Should I Do With My Old Equipment?

Do not throw away your old electronics. Instead, take your old equipment to a local recycling center or to an electronics collection event.  To find a collection location near you, go to your state environmental agency Web site.

You may also donate still-working electronics to educational institutions and community organizations.  Check with the school or the community organization to find out if they accept donations of electronic equipment.


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How To Buy Green Electronics

Use the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Exit EPA Click for disclaimer, a purchasing tool designed to help all purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.  EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for their efforts to reduce the negative environmental impacts of their products. 

Visit the manufacturer’s Web site for environmental attributes of the manufacturer’s electronic products.

 

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