Did you get a new television, cell phone or personal computer over the holiday season?
If so, you are probably enjoying your new high definition digital picture, text messaging your BFF and web surfing to your hearts content. We need to interrupt your electronic utopia for just a moment and ask you to consider disposing of your outdated electronics in an environmentally responsible manner.
According to a recent Time magazine article, 80% of Americans toss obsolete electronics in the trash. Believe it or not, this adds up to 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers daily! Did you realize that a typical computer monitor could contain up to seven pounds of lead? Our landfills are cluttered with improperly disposed of lead, mercury and other toxic materials and some of it ends up leaking from the landfills and contaminating our planet.
If you would like a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of your electronics, please take a moment and consider the following options.
- Sony, Samsung and LG will take back your used television sets at no cost to you. Each of the companies explains the process on their web sites.
- You can also type the name of your television set along with the word “recycle” into the search box of your browser and find out if your brand has a recycling program.
- Greenphone.com will buy and resell your unwanted cell phones.
- The Dell Computer Company recycles its equipment for free and Staples will accept any drop offs.
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Lenawee County and Tecumseh offer options for disposing of electronics responsibly as well.
Goodwill accepts all computers and computer equipment. Cell phones can be dropped off at the Tecumseh Police Station. The phones will be put to good use and possibly save lives as part of the Domestic Violence Program.
Twice a year the Lenawee County Solid Waste Department has a tire and electronic collection at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds. Visit the Lenawee County web site for detailed information on the recycling programs at http://www.lenawee.mi.us/solid_waste_department/index.html.
Lenawee County is working on the creation of a Drop Off Station (DOS) at the Adrian Landfill. Once the DOS is up and running, all of your e-waste can be dropped off and will be recycled. Hopefully in the spring, we will all be able to take advantage of the Lenawee County DOS.
Thank you for making the choice to dispose of your unwanted electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. Don’t look now, but your carbon footprint is shrinking!