How to recycle your old computers

02.06.2008

How to recycle your old computers

Lately I have been coming across a growing number of places to recycle computers and monitors. Like cell phones, these are becoming an environmental hazard in land fills and need to be properly disposed of. The nations largest chain of office stores, Staples, recently launched a great recycling program.

This is from staples.com:
Recycling
We make it easy for our customers to recycle by offering a variety of services, including options for recycling computers and office technology products, ink and toner cartridges, cell phones and other personal electronics, and rechargeable batteries. In our internal operations, we are committed to diverting materials from our waste stream.
Computer and Technology Recycling
Staples makes it easy for customers to recycle e–waste by simply bringing their used computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all–in–ones to any U.S. Staples store.

All brands are accepted, regardless of whether or not the equipment was purchased at Staples. A recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment is charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge.

Equipment is bagged and sealed when received at the Staples customer service desk. The equipment is then picked up and delivered to our recycling provider Amandi Services, who uses industry–leading standards for data destruction and disassembles the equipment into its component parts for environmentally responsible recycling.

Ink and Toner Cartridges
In 2006, Staples recycled more than 17 million cartridges in the U.S. through our various ink and toner cartridge recycling programs. We offer a $3 coupon toward a future purchase of ink or toner when HP, Lexmark™ or Dell cartridges are returned to our retail stores for recycling. We also offer two other programs to make it easy for our customers to recycle empty ink and toner cartridges:

Our Recycle for Education program enables customers to support local schools by donating their used cartridges. Participating schools receive $3 for each eligible cartridge received. Staples has donated more than $3 million to local schools and educational organizations since the program's inception in 2003.
We launched our InkDropSM service in 2005. When a cartridge runs out, customers simply drop a new one in the printer and mail us the empty using the prepaid shipping materials. We send a replacement automatically, and all shipping is free.

Cell Phones and Rechargeable Batteries
We offer free recycling service programs to our retail and contract customers for cellular phones, PDAs, pagers, digital cameras, and chargers through our nonprofit partner Collective Good, who refurbishes products where feasible or recycles them and donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. We also offer free rechargeable battery recycling to retail and contract customers in the U.S. and Canada. This service is offered in partnership with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.

Visit www.staples.com to read more about their recycling efforts