How to recycle electronics

Posted at 6:38 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 07:38:33-05

Getting new electronics like a TV, cell phone, or computer is fun. Getting rid of the old electronics may not be fun.

However, here are a few things that you can do to lessen this burden:

Most states, including Wisconsin have strict e-cycling rules that make it illegal to throw these items away as part of your household trash. You can contact your city’s public works department to learn how to discard these items, but be prepared to pay a fee.

If the electronic still works and is in good shape, you might be able to sell it or trade it on a marketplace or online classified sites. Or, take advantage of trade-in programs offered by computer manufacturers, electronic or office supply stores, or e-commerce sites. However, make sure to take precautions like removing data and sensitive information. Check out the reputation of the buyer. If you are selling to a person, doing so in a safe, well-lit area.

Or, consider donating it to a school or non-profit re-sale shop. However, before donating, contact the non-profit to be sure that they are able and willing to accept your donation. For more information on e-cycling section of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.

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