Spring cleaning? Here’s how to recycle your electronics.

Spring is here, so you can finally open your windows, and actually clean, not just re-arrange the dust that’s been collecting since Halloween.

If you’re unlocking your inner Marie Kondo to de-clutter your home, you may be looking to get rid of some old electronics. But when you’re looking to unload that old tube television, outdated computer or even old wires and phone chargers, what’s the best way to get rid of them?

Electronic landfill (or E-Waste) is a huge problem. Devices are meant to last, which means that the glass in your television can last for thousands of years. Plastics can take a million years to break down. Beyond the physical breakdown, toxins contained within electronics can poison water and the surrounding area. Lead in LCD display screen causes vomiting, convulsions and sometimes death with acute exposure.

Recycling electronics is the way to keep our devises from becoming a toxic problem in the future. But you can’t just throw them in the blue bins with your soda cans. Where do you go to recycle your electronics? It’s as easy as stopping by your local Best Buy or Staples. Here’s a list of what you can drop off.

BEST BUY

You can recycle three things per household, per day at Best Buy.

Many are free, some require a fee. You can even get discounts on buying new items when you recycle your old. You can check out the current Best Buy promotions here.

Here’s what you can recycle for free:

  • – All-in-on computers
  • – Battery backups (UPS)
  • – Cables and connectors
  • – Calculators
  • – CD/DVD drives
  • – Computer speaker / controllers
  • – Desktop computers
  • – DirecTV set-top boxes/converters
  • – DVD/Blu-ray players
  • – E-Readers
  • – Fans
  • – Hands-free headsets
  • – Hard drives
  • – Headphones
  • – In-dash/overhead DVD
  • – Ink / toner cartridges
  • – Internet TV set-top boxes/satellite receivers
  • – Landline phones
  • – Laptop batteries
  • – Laptops
  • – Memory
  • – Mice & keyboard
  • – Mobile phones
  • – Modems / routers / hubs
  • – Netbooks
  • – Phone chargers
  • – Portable DVD
  • – Portable media players
  • – Power inverters
  • – Printers/scanners/fax
  • – Projectors
  • – Recorders
  • – Remotes/surge protectors
  • – Shredders
  • – Sound / video cards
  • – Tablets
  • – TiVO
  • – TV antennas less than 3′ long
  • – Two-way radios
  • – Vacuums
  • – VCRs
  • – Wall mounts
  • – Web cams
  • – Wireless broadband

Here’s what you can recycle for a $25 per items fee (limit 2 per day):

  • Cell phone cases & safes
  • – Flat-panel TVs: LCD, plasma, LED
    smaller than 50″
  • – Monitors
  • – Portable TVs
  • – Tube TVs smaller than 32″

STAPLES

Here’s the items you can recycle for free at Staples stores. Limit seven items per household, per day.

  • Accessories/adapters/cables
  • All-in-one computers
  • Cable/satellite receivers
  • Calculators
  • Camcorders
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Coffee Brewers (less than 40 lb.)
  • Computer speakers
  • Connected home devices
  • Copiers
  • Cordless phones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital projectors
  • e-Readers
  • Fax machines
  • Flash drives
  • Gaming consoles/handhelds
  • GPS devices
  • Hard drives
  • iPod®/MP3 players
  • Keyboards & mice
  • Laptops
  • Mobile phones
  • Modems
  • Monitors (including CRT, LED/LCD, plasma)
  • Printers/multifunction devices
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Shredders
  • Small servers
  • Stereo receivers
  • Tablets
  • UPS/battery backup devices
  • Video streaming devices (Apple TV®, Roku Player, etc.)
  • Webcams
Seeing something that’s not on either list? Check out the “What Do I Do With” search bar at CuyahogaRecycles.org. They can help figure out where to take all kinds of items, electronic or not.

DONATIONS

If your electronics are still in good working order, why not make a donation to a local charity? It can help someone else out, and it’s tax deductible. Here’s a list of some of the places you can drop off your goods.

There’s a start on where you can help keep down the clutter without piling up a problem elsewhere. Have a great Spring.