Discard Electronics Safely
Are you aware that many of the parts used to build electronics can be recycled? Most households have one or more computers, cellphones, tablets, digital cameras or other mobile devices. New versions of each of these items are released periodically. The metals, plastics, glass and even the lead used to create the batteries that power these products can be recycled.
Did you know that choosing to recycle outdated electronics helps the environment? When a company designs a new phone, for instance, the components needed to build it must be procured. Manufacturing plants that use these materials often release pollutants into the air and water. The more you recycle, the less energy they have to use to mine and manufacture the products.
Rather than letting older electronics gather dust in a basement or garage, you can dispose of them properly. You might be surprised to know that retailers such as Best Buy, Staples, Sprint and Dell offer convenient recycling options for consumers. Learn more about these programs at Electronics Donation and Recycling, epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling.
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