Recycling gadgets

Recycling gadgets
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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 9:08am

Many of the outdated gadgets in our lives are still ending up in landfills.

A sad fact remains that so many of the outdated gadgets in our lives are still ending up in landfills, leaking some pretty nasty stuff.

"Arsenic, PBC, cadmium and mercury, and when they end up in landfills, that's not a good situation," said Andrew Eisner of gadget giant Retrevo.

A survey by his company shows that we are getting better at recycling old computers, phones and cameras.

Just in the last three years, the number of people who say they recycle their electronics jumped from less than 40-percent to more than 70-percent.
"There are plenty of good resources available that will point them to the right place to take them. For instance, there's a site called earth911, or a great app called iRecycle, that all you do is put in your zip code and it'll give you a whole list of places to take them," said Eisner.

There are also retailers like Best Buy that accept anything from a TV to a laptop for proper disposal.

All of which is good to know, he says, given where many outdated gadgets end up.

"Just end up staying in the closet because people actually don't know what to do with them," said Eisner.

He and others are also advocating that, like that paper, plastic and glass, there should be curbside recycling for gadgets.

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