Toss that old computer gear

But do it responsibly! That crappy old monitor you’re getting rid of because you bought a nifty new LCD is full of crud you’d rather not have in your groundwater. So rather than tossing it in the trash, put it in the hands of a recycler.

One such is PC Recycler, a local company that makes their money serving the needs of business. As a bit of community outreach, however, they have two open days a month for private citizens to drop off their unwanted gear, always on the second Friday and Saturday of the month. So this month it’s going to be the 9th (from 9am to 5pm) and 10th (from 10am to 2pm), this coming weekend.

They’ll take:

  • Computers, Laptops and Monitors
  • Printers/Fax Machines/Copiers and Empty Ink & Toner Cartridges
  • Keyboards, Mice, Speakers, and all types of cables
  • VCRs, DVD players and Stereos
  • Cell Phones and Accessories, including rechargeable batteries
  • TVs for a $10 Charge
  • Basically any electronic item that plugs in!

They assert that they recycle 100% of all e-Waste they receive and send nothing to the landfill. Way better than just tossing it in the trash.

PC Recycler, Inc
4005 Westfax Drive
Suite A
Chantilly, VA 20151

3 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    Although a big improvement over dumping this stuff in landfills, give Freecycle a try first. You’d be surprised how many old CRT monitors, VCRs, (and on and on and on) are picked up for resuse rather that recycling.

    In the long run, electronics recyclers are after precious metals on circuit boards and the like, there is still plenty of waste that is simply discarded.

    And Freecycle isn’t just for electronics. You’d be surprised by the wide variety of items that are offered and accepted: Clothing, books, furniture, toys…

  2. Jeremy Farber (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    PC Recycler doesn’t discard anything in the landfill. While they are after precious metals they are also recycling stuff. I thinking before you say that waste is descarded you should check them out first.

  3. Don (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    Thanks for weighing in, Jeremy. I do agree with Doug that Freecycle is a good option – after all, the mantra is Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – in that order. Maybe we could set up a time to do a quick interview about all the stages in the harvesting and recycling of all the computer bits. Could make an interesting story here, I think.

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