How to Get Rid of Anything Safely

Recycle it? Toss it? Return it? No matter what you need to get out of your home, we'll show you how to do it without harming the environment (16 Photos)

Lily Fleishman on Apr 22, 2011 at 12:54PM

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How to Get Rid of Anything Safely

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How to Get Rid of Computers and Electronics

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.

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