A lot of Delta employees have been asking us lately if there are any ways to recycle their electronic devices such as TVs, computer monitors, etc. Since Delta does not currently offer these services onsite, we have recently learned that both Office Depot and Staples have eCycling programs which accept electronic devices for a small fee, and we’d like to share these discoveries with our readers.
While Delta does not endorse these specific programs, we’re offering them for your consideration if you’re looking for a local outlet for e-recycling.
To participate in the Office Depot Tech Recycling, simply ask a store associate for a Tech Recycling Box, which range in price from $5-$15, depending on the size. You can then place your used electronics in the box (as many as will fit), and they accept computer monitors, small televisions, fax machines, laptops, digital cameras, VCRs, and other technical appliances. For a full list, visit their website. You can bring your unsealed Tech Recycling Box to any Office Depot store, and they’ll take care of the rest!
You can also bring your used computers, monitors, laptops and printers to any Staples store and they will recycle them for you for only $10 per piece of large equipment. They also accept keyboards, mice, and speakers for no charge.
The reason that there is a cost for recycling technical devices is because it costs the store to cover the handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling of the products, but it’s definitely better than simply throwing away old computers and TVs. Many technical devices contain substances such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and these elements can cause problems to the environment if not handled properly when disposed of. In a world where it’s becoming almost essential to use renewable materials, what better way to help out a little bit by recycling your old electronic devices!
If you know of any other ways to recycle technical devices then please respond here! Recycling is a group effort, and we’d love to hear your opinion!
If you have more questions about e-recycling, visit the EPA’s website for details.
Environmental Health Co-op