What's the deal? Digital cameras, TVs, computers, printers, MP3 players, DVDs, cell phones and chargers, CDs, video and audio tapes, ink cartridges and other electronics that aren't being used anymore are known as "technotrash." Some of these items contain harmful components like mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants.
What to do: Many manufacturers and retailers provide options to donate or recycle your electronics. AT&T, Best Buy, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, eBay, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Office Depot, Samsung, Sony and Verizon, for example, all offer recycling programs for consumers (as do plenty others). You can also find a local program through one of the many comprehensive websites devoted to helping consumers dispose of their electronics responsibly. Check out EcoSquid, Earth911, and DigitalTips for more information.