How to Recycle
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large high-tech electronics and semiconductor
that began operations in the
1970s or earlier
has a Superfund site in its history.
How to Recycle
Sunday, 20 August 2006
Recycling's Front Line
CEA-Consumer Electronics Association
Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA)
International Association of Electronics Recyclers
ReThink Program (EBay)
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
The Wireless Foundation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's eCycling
Choose a reputable recycler. Ask how incoming equipment is accounted for and where it—and its components—will be sent for recycling.
Ask reuse organizations if equipment is tested before it is passed on for donation and if the group ships only working equipment.
Ask how the recycler or reuse organization handles data destruction.
Many programs include options for donating working equipment for reuse.
Equipment manufacturer’s recycling programs tend to be fairly easy and accountable. It’s a good place to start.
Virtually all manufacturers’ U.S. take-back programs carry fees. Prices and methods of returning electronics to manufacturers and recyclers are constantly changing.
Another option is the public agency that regulates garbage disposal and recycling in your region. It should have a list of recyclers and local take-back events.
Televisions – Any recycler that accepts equipment with CRTs should take televisions, although almost none of the U.S.-based take-back programs run by computer manufacturers do.
Organizations with Recycling Programs
March of Dimes
National Christina Foundation
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