A broken iPod spurred a recent discussion in the LivingHomes office about electronics recycling. Almost everyone has that pile of old cell phones, mp3 players, and miscellaneous gadgets lying around. We certainly do! So I’ve gathered these items from the entire staff to recycle them all in one swoop.
It is important to recycle as much of our waste as possible, but it is extra important to recycle your computers, cell phones, and mp3 players in responsible ways. Toxins from these electronics can seep into the soil and groundwater, which is both unsustainable and unhealthy! The good news? Many of the precious metals, copper, and high-end plastics can be reused using less energy than it requires to make them, which results in lower emissions and greenhouse gases. According to the EPA, the energy saved by recycling a million cell phones could power more than 19,000 US households for a year!
Unfortunately, there is no city-run roadside electronics recycling in most places, but there are plenty of local programs that accept them. If your electronics are still working, it is even better to donate them than to recycle them. The EPA also hosts a list of nonprofits, retailers, and manufacturers that will accept your used, functioning electronics.
So collect all those old gadgets and join LivingHomes at your local e-cycling center!