In 2007, the United States discarded 157 million computer products and of those, 133 million ended up in the landfill. Check out the websites below to get recycling information on electronics and find companies dedicated to helping this monumental problem. There are several websites that may help you discard your electronic waste, donate it or make some cash.
“The globally responsible way to recycle your electronics” can be found here, including a list of e-Stewards Recyclers, the Story of Electronics video and lots of resources.
BASEL ACTION NETWORK
The BAN (Basel Action Network) website has a list of companies that have signed the Electronic Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship, a pledge to maintain strict criteria for sustainable and socially just electronics recycling. See your local area by state.
At Recycle Net, you can BUY/SELL/TRADE computers, phones, radios, televisions, etc.
A Washington based company, Recycle Techs specializes in computer sales and recycling of retired computer and office equipment.
From cameras to televisions, the Sony Take-Back program gives Sony customers a free and convenient way to recycle up to five Sony products per day by dropping them off at designated Waste Management e-Cycling drop-off centers throughout the country.
“The technology place for nonprofits” offers comprehensive listings of places to find recycled computer hardware for your nonprofit organization. Tech Soup also offers legal software and operating systems for nonprofits.
The Trade-In and Recycle Program by Toshiba provides you with a way to trade-in or recycle used, working technology products (any manufacturer) in exchange for a cash refund by mail.
WORLD COMPUTER EXCHANGE
World Computer Exchange has reused donated computers to provide learning labs in 2,600 schools, libraries and youth centers that connect one million young people per year.
You Renew provides an easy way to get cash for your electronics, phones, gaming systems, iPods, etc.