Over the years, has your garage become a retirement home for old computers, printers, TVs, and gaming systems? It’s one thing if you’ve set up an office or an entertainment area in your garage…it’s something else if you’ve just stashed old stuff in there because you’re not sure what else to do with it.
If you’re hoarding things because your instinct is that you shouldn’t just throw your electronic waste in the trash, you’re right. Your “e-waste” can contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium – as well as valuable ones like copper, silver, and gold. When e-waste goes to a landfill, the nasty stuff can get into our air and water. And the valuable bits go to waste, instead of being recycled.
So what can you do with the e-waste in your garage? Various municipal and not-for-profit organizations, as well as manufacturers and big-box retailers, have established e-waste programs that help people donate and recycle their goods. If you’re looking for e-waste help near you, check the EPA’s Electronics Donation and Recycling webpage. You’ll find links to programs as well as e-waste facts and advice.
When you’ve donated or recycled your e-waste, you can take satisfaction in having done a good deed. And with less junk in your garage, you can take pride in reclaiming your space.
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