Do your part to reduce electronic waste by following these simple steps:
Extend the lifetime of your device and avoid frequent upgrades of functional devices
Electronic products are constantly being updated. This doesn’t mean that old versions of a product are automatically obsolete. If the product is still in usable condition consider giving it a second chance. Contact the manufacturer to learn how to extend the life of your device.
One average, cell phones are replaced every 18 months- even though they can last for much longer. Be a responsible consumer when on the market for an electronic product and upgrade your device only when it is necessary. Find a company that will provide the service and products that is not only right for you today but will still be right for you many years into the future.
Consider purchasing a refurbished device and reuse electronics. Many major retailers offer this as an option for cell phones and other electronics.
Alternatively, seek local and online resources to help you resell your device. Make sure to clear your device of all personal data.
Many devices contain precious metals, such as copper, silver and gold, that can be recovered through recycling as well as hazardous substances that should not be put in a landfill. Retailers and other manufacturers offer a variety of convenient electronics take back programs, such as trade-in, drop-off and mail-back services. Refer to the PSI Electronics Recycling Guide for further information.
To find an electronics recycling program near you, search for your zip code on Earth911 or use the Greener Gadgets widget, developed by the Consumer Electronics Association, below. Both of these websites offer consumer tips to help save energy and find electronics recycling solutions.
Avoid disposing any electronic device in the trash. In some states, it is even illegal to dispose electronics with household waste. Visit the EPA's eCycling page for information about electronics disposal laws your state may have.
Organize an electronics recycling drive in your community. Call2Recycle provides to cell phone and rechargeable battery collection boxes that business, schools, and communities can use to set up a collection location for free. Visit http://www.call2recycle.org/ for details.
Visit PSI’s electronics project page and learn more about PSI's efforts to promote electronic stewardship programs, view recent press articles, legislation, and find other resources on this issue.
Contact Your Legislator
Visit PSI’s Extended Producer Responsibility State Laws map to find out if your state has an electronics recycling law. If you state does not have a law, check to see if there is legislation pending and write your legislator to express your support in legislation or interest in having legislation introduced. If you are unsure of you legislator, check out the Library of Congress's website.
Related News and Updates
- Nine million pounds of CRT glass abandoned in Arizona - Resource Recycling, September 19
- Abandoned Baltimore warehouse is full of CRTs - Resource Recycling, August 27, 2013
- BREAKING: Abandoned warehouses full of CRTs found in several states - Resource Recycling, August 23, 2013
- e-Waste recycling up, but there's a long way to go, WXXI News, July 2013
- PSI finds room for improvement in implementation of New York's e-scrap law, Resource Recycling, July 2013
- NY e-cycling law boosts volumes, American Metal Market, July 2013
- New York's e-waste law boosts recycling, lowers cost, report finds, Waste & Recycling News, July 2013
- Law Boosts e-Waste Recycling, Cuts Government Costs, Environmental Leader, July 2013
- Report Says New York Met Annual Goal Of Recycling 44 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Bloomberg BNA, July 2013
- New York State e-Waste Law Boosts Recycling and Reduces Government Costs, New Report Finds, July 2013
- Unwanted Electronics Gear Rising in Piles. New York Times, March 2013
- In My Opinion: EPR's Promise Delivers, Now It's Time for an Upgrade. Resource Recycling, March 2012
- More states ban disposal of electronics in landfills. USA Today, December 2011.