time around 1991 we purchased our first home computer and life
hasn't been the same since.
or worse, computers and other electronics are part of our everyday
lives. Printers, copiers, cell phones, DVD players, televisions...the
list goes on! And what are we to do with them when they are broken
or obsolete? How many of us have a garage or basement with old
computer monitors hanging around? You might not feel right about
chucking them in the trash, for good reason!
pose significant risk to the environment upon disposal due to
the presence of chemicals, such as lead and mercury. Burn or
bury these items and some of these toxic chemicals enter the
environment and end up in our soils, ponds, oceans, streams,
and eventually into our food supply!
So what are
Reduce - Maintain and keep
equipment as long as possible.
Reuse Donate your used
equipment an organization that will accept them for reconditioning
and distribution to others that can use them. Check earth911.org
for up to date lists. Or donate cds, dvds, videos to the
Chatham Recycling Center for charity.
Recyle - The Chatham Recycling
Center will accept computer monitors and televisions for recycling.
Also consider returning old computer equipment to the manufacturers
for recycling, Hewlitt Packard and IBM both accept old items
for recycling. U.S. Best Buy stores have kiosks for consumers
to drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet
cartridges at no cost.
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