How to Dispose of Tech Tools

Often bad for the environment if not downright illegal to simply toss in the trash, your old office junk has its rightful place. Here’s how to get it there safely:

Batteries: Long after the remote stops working, batteries can leak toxic chemicals that can contaminate the soil and the air. The best way to dispose of them is to find a household hazardous waste facility. Sometimes local electronics stores will take your old batteries. If you’re really stuck, consider BatteryRecycling.com, a site that will take them off your hands for a price.

Small Electronics: Once you’ve wiped that old cell of all your data, check your carrier’s website for recycling programs. Department stores like Target and Best Buy have also added recycling stations for cellphones and old MP3 players.

Large Electronics: With printers, computers, TVs and the like, recycling gets a bit more complex. Some retail outlets have recycling programs for large electronics—and if that’s not an option, your best bet is to log onto EPA.gov/ecycling. There’s a section on the site that helps you locate nearby recycling and donation facilities. Keep in mind that many nonprofit groups also have regular collection days.

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