Cell phone recycling and how to recycle electronics

With new technologies ever replacing older models of tech gadgets, many people who are environmentally-conscious and eager to recycle are wondering how to go beyond paper and plastics recycling, and into the realm of electronics recycling. "Where can I donate or recycle my old computer and other electronic products?" - is not just a common question but the very title of a government page on recycling, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.

There are numerous ways that consumers can recycle their electronics and prevent certain substances from entering landfills as part of other forms of waste. Waste management is one of the crucial parts of recycling and should be on the mind of every eco-friendly citizen who cares about the future of the Earth.

Multiple local programs exist to aid in one's quest for electronics recycling venues, according to the EPA. Such programs include EcoSquid, Earth 911, TechSoup and something called My Green Electronics.

Try visiting these individuals websites, which are all linked through the EPA webpage on electronics recycling as well. EcoSquid, for example, is a program that informs consumers on how to resell or donate old electronics. There are even ways that people can earn money through buy-back programs offered by many manufacturers and retailers.

This brings us to the second point of information that consumers who want to recycle should know. Many manufacturers and electronics companies offer programs within the company itself for the reuse, return and recycling of old cellphones, DVD players, computer monitors and even rechargeable batteries and ink cartridges. If you are wondering whether something is recyclable, bring it into a local retail store and ask if they have a recycling program. Chances are, many things are recyclable and can even earn store credit or cash returns.