Monday, November 14, 2011

Get Rid of Your Old Electronics

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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True story: The Gateway computer I paid more than two grand for in college more than 10 years ago is sitting on the floor of my office. The entirety of its digital contents were recently transferred onto two CDs—a project that has been on my to-do list for the last six years—thanks to a friend who is far tech savvier than I.

So why is this thing on my office floor? Frankly, I had no idea what to do with it. Now I do.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Albertsons at 15th and State streets will host E-Waste Collection on America Recycles Day. From 1-7 p.m., you (and I) can finally cross off "dispose of old computer and cell phones" from your to-do list. Just about everything with a circuit board will be accepted, including:

· Computers
· Copiers
· Cabling
· Cameras
· Telephones
· Cell phones
· Battery Units
· Hard Drives
· VHS machines
· DVD players
· Scanners
· Satellite receivers
· Battery back-up units
· Batteries

Earlier this year, Supervalu announced a goal to have 40 of the corporation's stores achieve zero-waste by February 2012.

But what happens to all that stuff once it becomes Supervalu's problem? Here in Boise, Albertsons is working with PC Recyclers of Idaho, to dispose of equipment in the following way:

Reusable equipment is distributed to the community and local charities free of charge or sold through wholesale channels. Non-reusable equipment is broken down into raw materials and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Any hazardous material or components within the equipment is disposed of at EPA approved locations. And in all cases, none of the equipment that we handle is ever put into landfills.

Now that you'll have one more thing knocked off your to-do list, take National Geographic's E-Waste IQ test.

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