Reliant Electric’s Guide to Recycling your Electronics

How to Recycle your Electronics

Today going green is a necessity in our world and Reliant Electric has the latest tips on how to recycle your electronics safely and do your part to make our planet a more sustainable environment.

It is always tempting to toss out-dated and broken electronics in the trash. However recycling electronics offers a far better alternative, removing “e-waste” from your home, and preventing heavy metals found in these product from contaminating soil and water.

The Problem~

According to the Consumer Electronic Association, the average American household has more than 24 different electronic devices. When these devices break or are replaced with newer models we are left with more than a million tons of electronic waste in our landfills annually according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These unwanted electronics account for more than 70% of our overall waste today.

How you can help: Recycle Electronics!

At Reliant Electric of Naperville we can help you verify which electronics can be recycled? The following are common types of e-waste that can be easily recycled.

  • Cell Phones -One of the main sources of our waste are old cellphones. Millions of phones are discarded yearly and can be put to a better use! There are several charities that collect old cellphones for a common goal such as the Chicago Zoological Society of Brookfield Zoo, who use the old cell phones to try and protect the environment of the gorillas in Africa.  If you have a growing number of phones and electronics gathering dust in a drawer contact Brookfield Zoo. They will accept cell phones, smartphones, iPods, iPads and tablets.  Other charities include Cell Phones for Soldiers and Hope Phones.
  • Computer Equipment
    Over 100,00 computers are thrown into our landfills each day. However computers and accompanying equipment from mice and keyboards to tablets and copy machines should never be dumped in a landfill. Nearly every component of these items are valuable and recyclable, from plastics and glass to metals. These materials can be disposed of at several computer manufacturer companies or hardware stores.
  • TVs
    One can dispose of old TVs at retail stores or former manufactures safely and with the peace of mind that they will not be thrown into a landfill but may be used to repair another TV set or taken apart for the different parts.  Retailers such as Best Buy offer recycling programs where you can maybe get some sort of profit from turning in your old TVs.
  • Misc electronics such as DVD Players, VCRs, Stereos, MP3s, Home Phones…
    As well as audio equipment, calculators, recording devices, and digital clocks broken or deemed obsolete by you may find a new life elsewhere. Whether refurbished, repurchased at the area consignment store, or scrapped for recyclable parts ranging from plastic and glass to precious metals, recycling this large class consumer electronics could keep literal tons of waste and toxic metals out of landfills. If your item’s not ripe for donation, contact your local municipality regarding e-waste pickup or drop-off locations.

Stop! These Items Typically Do NOT Make the Recyclable Materials List

Some items are not commonly recycled through the e-waste recycling process, but CAN be recycled through other programs. These include microwaves and other large appliances such as refrigerators and stoves, which contain dangerous electrical components and/or gases that can be harmful to the environment. Ionization smoke detectors, which contain trace amounts of radioactive material, and mercury-containing thermometers also require special handling. If you are unsure of proper disposal, the E.P.A., your city, county, or state government can point you in the right direction. As with many of the above recyclable products, manufacturers and retailers may accept these items for complimentary in-house recycling as well. However the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of these items is to donate it for reuse.

With the resources above along with our help at Reliant Electric, you can do your part to help our environment! All it takes is a little extra effort to help keep our planet clean and protect our environment for future generations.