If your office is like most, you have a myriad of electronic gadgets and machines, everything from desktop computers to cell phone to office equipment like copiers and fax machines. As most electronics become obsolete in just a few years, it's a rare office that doesn't find itself with a mountain of unused PCs, monitors and other discarded equipment.
Fortunately, there are ways these items can be recycled, re-purposed and kept out of America's landfills. Most such items require special handling, but it's not that difficult to find a recycling location for your old office equipment, if you know where to look:
Where to recycle your office equipment
Before you recycle your office equipment, you'll want to make sure to erase all of your sensitive customer and company information. There are software programs designed to help you with this. In addition, you'll want to remove all of the batteries from cellphone, tablets computers and smartphones. These generally have to be recycled separately.
1. Participate in a manufacturer's program. Many manufacturers of large office equipment will pick up your old model and recycle it when they deliver a new piece of equipment.
2. Take them to a local retailer that accepts recyclable electronics. If you're a small company, with just a few PCs or other items, you can take them to a retailer that accepts such recyclables. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a comprehensive list of such locations.
3. Haul your items to a special recycling center. Another alternative for recycling your office equipment is to take them to your city or county's special recycling center. Some areas have regular collections. In others, you have to wait for special collection dates.
4. Contract with a recycling service. One of the easiest ways to get rid of that growing mound of old office equipment responsibly is to hire a electronics recycling service. This type of service will come get all of your recyclable electronic equipment and find the places that accept all of the various items. It saves you and your staff the time and effort of dealing with this project yourselves.
Recycling your old office electronics is the responsible thing to do. Not only can these items be used to help people in less-developed countries and/or to create new electronics, but it helps to manage the amount of waste that enters America's landfills each year. It's good for your company and good for the planet. To learn more, contact a company like Arcoa for help.
We only have one earth to leave for our grandchildren, so we need to do everything in our power to ensure that it is a healthy environment for them to raise their children in. Do you recycle? If so, do you recycle everything that you could be recycling? Many Americans think that they are doing everything that they can to keep trash out of landfills, but many of them are missing several materials that could be eliminated from the landfill. Visit my site to learn more about those missed or forgotten materials so that you can improve the recycling efforts in your home.