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How To Recycle Your Old Electronics

Watch more How to Recycle videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Recycle your old electronics the correct way to protect the environment. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Trade it in If you're upgrading to a new version of your current computer, check with the manufacturer about trading in the old one. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, and Apple all offer "take-back" programs. Tip Before getting rid of your computer, make sure to use a software disk-wiping utility to completely destroy any sensitive information on your hard drive. Step 2: Donate it Donate your old computer, printer, and software to charity. Some options are The National Christina Foundation, Share the Technology, TechSoup, Students Recycling Used Technology, and Anne Bubnic's PEP Directory. Tip If you want to take a tax write-off, be sure to get a receipt from the organization that takes your computer. Step 3: Recycle Find recycling centers for everything from laptops to MP3 players through the Electronic Industries Alliance and/or the National Recycling Coalition. Tip Some major office-supply chains now accept all kinds of used electronics for recycling, even if they were not purchased there. Step 4: Donate your cell phone After terminating your service, deleting your contacts, and removing your cell phone's SIM card (if there is one), donate it, the battery, and the charger to one of the many national and local charities that supply phones to the needy in case of a 911 emergency. Did You Know? Only 27% of Americans recycle their old electronics.
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