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Tech-Friendly: Recycle old televisions, electronics after opening the new ones this Christmas
By Paul Gorski
I’m recycling recent articles about electronics recycling this Christmas Day. Enjoy that new smartphone or flat-screen television, but recycle the old ones properly. Old electronics contain hazardous components, and we don’t want that material in our landfills. Furthermore, it is against Illinois law to dispose of electronics in landfills, even more reason to re-purpose or recycle.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful lists local resources for the reuse, resale and recycling of computers, electronics and a whole lot more at http://www.knib.org/recycling/green-guide/electronics/.
More about Ogle County recycling programs at: “New recycling drop-off sites available to Ogle County residents” from the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue, http://rockrivertimes.com/news/2013/11/13/new-recycling-drop-off-sites-available-to-ogle-county-residents/.
Recycle cell phones and help a solider at http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. “Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans.”
You may want to securely erase that old computer hard drive before recycling. Super Shredders (http://www.supershredders.org/), a division of the Barbara Olson Center of Hope, offers secure deletion and destruction of computer data so the data will never be recovered.
These previous articles offer more resources and a bit more detail:
“Tech-Friendly: Recycle the old electronics this holiday season” From the Nov. 14-20, 2012, issue, http://rockrivertimes.com/commentary/2012/11/14/tech-friendly-recycle-the-old-electronics-this-holiday-season/.
“Tech-Friendly: Recycle old electronics part two — deleting data securely” from the Nov. 21-27, 2012, issue, http://rockrivertimes.com/commentary/2012/11/21/tech-friendly-recycle-old-electronics-part-two-—-deleting-data-securely/.
Have a merry Christmas!
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple Iie.
From the Dec. 25-31, 2013, issue