Recycling Old Electronics

Want a responsible solution for getting rid of old, no longer used televisions, computers, monitors and printers?
Find an organization in your area that accepts computers, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, and televisions for recycling. These programs are being designed in many cities by not-for-profit organizations comprised of industry and retailers, in cooperation with individual program managers.

What are your options?

1) REUSE: Functioning but still usable equipment maybe shared, traded or donated. There are even some organizations that can assist you in finding a suitable reuse option for your old electronic equipment. Consider donating unwanted electronics to a friend, family member or a local school or charity.

Before getting rid of your old equipment, ensure that the reuse option that you are considering provides for an equivalent level of protection for the environment and human health. For instance: ensure that your equipment will not be landfilled or shipped overseas; ensure that the reuse organization has a policy for ensuring the security of user’s information such as that contained on disk drives; and ensure that the organization uses a provincially approved recyclers for any unusable parts or equipment.

2) RECYCLE: Some of the issues surrounding the management of waste electronics include illegal dumping, shipping offshore to developing countries, improper handling or disposal of toxic materials, and inadequate health and safety systems for workers handling and processing this equipment. Guard against the land filling and improper handling and disposal of hazards materials, and dumping of any equipment or parts in developing nations.

At the rate modern day electronics tend to become obsolete, this is an extremely important issue. Do your part to minimize environmental impact from old electronic items.

Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

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