Charitable Ways of Donating Used Electronics
Posted By: Maya Tao
I want to share an article written by Lauren Indvik from Mashable.com regarding ways of recycling used electronics. Every year, less than 20 percent of consumer electronics is collected in eco-friendly ways. Donations of used electronics are highly encouraged. Charitable recycling programs including Dell and Goodwill, the Wireless Foundation, Students Recycling Used Technology, Komputers 4 Kids and eBay Giving Work. However, a couple of steps are also recommended before taking the action, for example, clean the hard drive and donate supplementary materials.
Consumer electronics, a broad category that includes TVs, computers, audio devices, phones and other related devices, currently constitutes nearly 2% of the municipal solid waste stream and is steadily rising at a rate of 8% per year. According to the EPA, of the roughly 2.25 million tons of used and unwanted electronics each year, 18% is collected for recycling and roughly 82% winds up in landfills.
These are unfortunate statistics given the many useful and eco-friendly alternatives for disposing of your old electronics — not to mention tax breaks for consumers. We’ve highlighted a few of these options below, along with information about preparing your unwanted goods for donation.