What can be recycled?

Desktop and laptop computers, monitors, printers, copiers, hard drives, batteries, tablets, televisions, cell phones, digital cameras, cords, keyboards and ink and toner cartridges

Why it wants to be recycled

More than 4.4 million tons of electronic equipment in the U.S. are recycled each year, which helps prevent valuable material from going into the waste stream.

How to recycle it

If your cell phone, laptop, or other device is still in working condition, you can give it a “second life” by donating it to a school or nonprofit organization — there are even mail-in donation programs. Or return your e-scrap to the manufacturer or retailer; many companies refurbish electronic devices for resale. Look for e-scrap collection events in your community — they may be organized as fundraisers for local schools or charities. When recycling phones and computers, always clear your personal data. You can find out how by asking the manufacturer or using an R2 Solutions-certified recycling company. Check your local ordinances for specific instructions — this category is easily contaminated with incorrect preparation or the wrong materials.

What do recycled electronics become?

Electronics contain valuable precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin, and zinc that can be recovered and used to make jewelry, plating, new electronics, or automotive parts. Plastic components can become parts of new electronic devices or even turned into another plastic product like garden furniture.

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