Responsible recycling: electronic publishing – The Corvallis Advocate
Electronics are a part of everyday life for most Americans, but what happens when they need to retire? There’s no farm to send a MacBook to live a happy retirement life running through the grass with a user-friendly PC, and there’s little resale value. So what can be done with dead or old electronics in Benton County?
First of all, don’t just throw them away. Electronics are constructed from a number of potentially toxic and hazardous materials that will not naturally decompose in the landfill. They also cannot be recycled by throwing them away with your box for the same reason.
Oregon Electric Bikes provides a safe and responsible place to recycle old computers, monitors, televisions and printers. You can bring up to seven at a time, and best of all, it’s free!
If you have other types of electronic devices and you are not sure whether they can be recycled, there are several options available to you.
First of all, you can Click here to find a recycling collection site near you, or call 888-532-9253.
Before you just throw it away, however, determine if your device is still in working order. It may not be of value to you, but someone else may be able to use it. Computers and other assistive devices can be donated to most second-hand stores, charities, and reuse organizations; another option that would make them more accessible to community members is the Truly Truly Free Corvallis Market, which takes place on the last Saturday of each month.
And don’t forget to erase personal data stored on devices. If you don’t know how but would like to donate, Click here and take a look at the “data security” section.
By Ethan Hauck