Recycle Your Electronics!

Have an old VCR collecting dust? Or did you already just toss it out? Well the day and age has come for us to start recycling ALL of our electronics. This is now made possible in several ways. If you have some gadgets that still work, but you have no more use for, check out Gazelle. The year-old site has been redesigned to make it quicker to sell electronics in more categories. It also adds a feature that lets people recycle goods that have no resell value.

So if you have an iPhone that you no longer want, you type in the product name and input information on its condition to find out what it’s worth. Gazelle will send you a shipping slip and/or a box. Once received, Gazelle wipes the data clean and sells it online. You get paid by check or PayPal.

If you’d rather just drive them down the street and drop them off for recycling, that’s been made pretty simple now too. For those of you in the Ann Arbor area, Recycle Ann Arbor started accepting many electronics free of charge for recycling. A national leader in recycling and waste programs, they’ve opened their Drop-Off Station 9am-5pm Monday thru Saturday. It is located at 2950 East Ellsworth, just west of Platt Road. They’ll take desktop and notebook computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, stereos, and even microwaves!

Televisions are used on average for less than two years. For computers, it’s three. Recycling, or “E-cycling,” these and other electronic items is critical for preserving landfill space and for ensuring that hazardous materials used to make electronics are properly disposed.The Telecomunications Industry Association (TIA) has set up a great way for you to find electronics recycling centers anywhere in the country. Head over to E-cycling Central where you’ll find the simple map below, just simply click your state and instantly see a list of centers in your area where you can take your electronics.

As you see it’s getting easier and easier to recycle those enviornmentally hazardous electronics. You could even pick up some extra pocket cash for them. So don’t hesitate! Now you know how to get started with E-cycling today!