Friday, December 26, 2014

Healthy Holidays: Safe Electronics Recycling

Did you get a shiny new technology upgrade this year?  Even if a bigger, brighter, flatter tv isn’t in your immediate future, you may have the need to dispose of some old electronics.  What is the best way to get rid of old electronics?  

Donating your older device to a family or community member is a great option. Websites such as Freecycle and 2good2Toss are available for posting unwanted items. But if you’ve got them rolling around in your back seat and want to simply drop them off, it is easy and free to recycle electronics safely.  

Thurston County Solid Waste has a wonderful online resource called, “Where do I take my.” It tells you where to recycle almost everything that you can think of!

The locations listed below recycle electronic products such as TVs, computers (desktop and laptop), monitors, E-readers (like a Kindle or Nook), and DVD/Blu-ray players for FREE.

  • Staples
  • Office Depot
  • Best Buy
  • Goodwill
  • Free Geek Olympia
  • Office Depot
  • Value Village
  • Staples
  • RadioShack
  • Batteries Plus

Cell phones can go to many of the above listed locations for recycling.  Most service providers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc) also accept them and donate them to charity or survivors of domestic abuse.

Upgrades can be fun, just make sure that you donate or recycle the downgrades!

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