We all have them. Piles of miscellaneous electronics that were once “hot” and are now “not.” Those cool flip phones have been relegated to the back of the desk drawer because, hey, it’s still a perfectly good phone and we can’t just throw away things that are perfectly good. What usually ends up happening is after two or three years, we finally clean that desk drawer and that perfectly good phone ends up in the trash anyways.
Instead of stock-piling old and broken electronics in your drawers and cabinets, only to throw them away later, now is your opportunity to have those electronic items recycled. Staples and HP have teamed together to offer FREE Electronics recycling for all brands of office technology at Staples stores nationwide. Whatever the item, wherever you bought it, simply bring it into your local Staples and have it responsibly recycled. Not only will this reduce the clutter in your home, but it will help reduce the electronics waste in our landfills, which is always a good thing.
The Staples technology recycling program, powered by HP, accepts all brands of the following electronics for free (2):
- Desktop PCs, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, external hard drives and small servers
- All computer monitors
- Printers, desktop copiers, faxes and all-in-one devices
- Mice, keyboards, modems/routers networking and PC speakers
- Shredders, streaming devices, phones and Universal Power Supply (UPS battery backup)
- Mobile phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, digital camcorders and digital cameras
(2) Staples does not accept televisions, appliances, alkaline batteries, floor model copiers/printers, large servers, audio/visual equipment, or certain other household electronics (kitchen electrics, etc.). There is a limit of 6 items per customer per day in most states.
So today, in honor of Earth Day (which is tomorrow, April 22nd, 2012), take a moment to run (or stroll) through your house with a bag or a box. Any electronics item that is broken and “you’ll get it fixed one day”, or is in a drawer where “someone might need it one day”, or if it has a layer of dust from being in the back of the closet for so long, just grab into the box and take it to Staples where it can be recycled.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this post.