How do I recycle an old computer monitor, keyboard, printer, and copier?
- Barry S., Redondo Beach, CA
E-waste (electronic waste) is one of the fastest growing types of waste in the U.S., and there are several options for recycling different types. E-cycling (electronics recycling) can reclaim plastic, metal, glass, and other valuable components, as well as keeping hazardous materials such as lead out of the environment.
There are a number of drop-off electronics recycling programs offered by retailers and manufacturers. Best Buy, Office Depot, and Staples are major retailers that accept a wide variety of old gadgets for recycling, including monitors, keyboards, and desktop printer/copiers. Check with each retailer to see if e-waste is accepted for free or if there is a fee associated with some or all e-waste items. You may find that some even offer trade-in programs. You can also use the GreenerGadgets search function to find e-cyclers near you.
Even better, if your unwanted electronics still work, consider donating them as-is! Local schools may be grateful for the equipment, or you can check Charity Navigator for charities near you that may be seeking donations.