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Disposal of electronics?

Asked by Altereffect (2points) June 18th, 2010

How do I dispose of electronics without having to go to best buy or some other places that only take descent electronics?

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ItsAHabit's avatar

You might try calling your local garbage disposal agency for information of how to dispose of such things in a green way.

ETpro's avatar

If you have something that is still in good working order, you can always give it to Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army or some such operation that runs thrift stores and can sell it. If it is dead, lots of the local “recycling” outfits seem to ship stuff off to landfills in Asia where kids poison themselves scrabbling over the trash to collect wire and parts they can resell for a few bucks a week.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Even my little rural town has a depot for recycling electronics. Your town may as well.

Buttonstc's avatar

If it’s still in working condition, put it up in the Free section of Craigslist.

You’d be amazed at how many people will respond to “free”.

Just make it clear that if they flake out on the pickup time you two arrange, it goes to the next one on the list.

Sometimes creative people use them for found art projects.

If there are art college programs nearby, give them a call.

I’ve seen examples on DIY sites of those who make unique fish tanks from dead computers.

I’ve also attended an exhibition of art created from recycled tech stuff. Amazing what some creative minds can come up with. They have to get their raw materials from somewhere. Might as well be some of your useless stuff :)

Andreas's avatar

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ETpro's avatar

@worriedguy Great link. Thanks for posting that. I just joined the Boston group.

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