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eCycling a Growing Market

March 19, 2012
Recycle button on keyboard

As more Georgians purchase new cell phones, computers and televisions, more and more electronic scrap ends up in landfills, and much of this scrap contains environmental toxins, such as lead and mercury.

Electronic recycling, or eCycling, helps you reduce your exposure to these toxins when you either donate your electronics or support the growing eCycling industry.

Contact your local charities, nonprofit organizations and schools first. If your old electronics are still in good working condition, those outlets may be able to use the equipment or share it with families in need.

If your old electronics don't work anymore, find a local recycler who accepts small donations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Community Affairs and National Center for Electronics Recycling all keep lists of recycling programs in your area.

Some businesses also accept old electronics either for free or for a small fee. You can learn more about these businesses by viewing a list of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Plug-In to eCycling partners.