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That`s not to say they aren`t experimenting with recovery and reuse initiatives.  However, peripherals and the other electronics noted, below, can be dropped off at these retailers and recycled at no charge. The majority of the electronics are disassembled for recycling here in Washington. Some electronics go out-of-state for processing and some materials are exported for recycling at approved facilities. Metals, plastics and glass are separated and sold as commodities to be reused as raw materials in the manufacturing of new products.Most of the 2 million tons of old electronics discarded annually by Americans goes to U.S. Landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.  Starting January 1, 2012, the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313) bans televisions and computer monitors from going into Illinois landfills. Under the new legislation, only the materials listed to the right will be accepted in SWANCC`s permanent and community recycling programs. Please review the Cook County Electronics Reuse and Recycling brochure and video found to the right to learn why electronics are banned from Illinois landfills and options for reuse or recycling.Hard drives collected at the Darien Recycling Center by NLR, the service that manages our e-waste, are shredded. For a list of recycling options for items not taken in the program such as home appliances, dehumidifiers, humidifiers and air conditioners, visit SWANCC`s Green Pages directory. Com2 Recycling Solutions contracts with SWANCC to responsibly recycle electronics. COM2 is a premier International electronic recycling company with BAN e-Steward and R2 certifications, located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.When you give us your computer, you are eligible to receive a tax write-off and we will attempt to fix your equipment to give away to someone who is unable to afford to buy a computer.  The following communities will host permanent electronics locations for residents who live in any SWANCC member community. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. For your computer or laptop, consider upgrading the hardware or software instead of buying a brand new product. Manufacturers and retailers offer several options to donate or recycle electronics.In the past, many people looked to donate their old computers to schools, charities or non-profit organizations.  Search below to find programs developed by Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge participants. If you are an original equipment manufacturer or retailer, learn how to join the SMM Electronics Challenge. ReConnect , a partnership between Dell and Goodwill Industries International, enables consumers to responsibly recycle any brand of unwanted computers or computer accessories at no cost.
 
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To date, ReConnect has diverted more than 96 million pounds of e-waste from landfills, the equivalent of 31,558 Toyota Priuses, and created more than 250 green jobs,” with Goodwill employees managing responsible computer disassembly and disposal. Individuals who drop off their computer equipment at participating ReConnect locations will receive a tax receipt, regardless of the brand and condition of the equipment. Goodwill - Drop off computers, laptops, televisions, networking equipment, and cell phones, working or not, at any Goodwill Donation Center free of charge.The revenue from the recycled computer equipment supports Goodwill`s job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other employment challenges. Usable electronics will be data cleansed, refurbished and loaded with a legal operating system for resale in Goodwill stores. Transfer Stations - Six transfer stations in San Mateo County accept electronics for recycling. It takes about six hundred pounds of fossil fuels and chemicals to create the chips for one personal computer.There is generally no cost for recycling other electronic equipment such as fax machines, printers, wiring, VCRs, etc. St. Vincent de Paul picks up most electronics for free equipment within the County whether working or not, with no charge; accepts most electronics. There are about four pounds of lead and other harmful materials in computer monitors and TVs, requiring these two items to be regulated as hazardous waste. The amount of computer waste increases annually as electronic systems play an increasingly important role in all aspects of technology, but significant amounts of material used in the devices are not recovered.This cyclic trend (with its inherent surplus of old computer components) has been sustained for nearly 20 years of recent computer history. To meet consumer demand, the computer and electronics industry has become the largest manufacturing employer in the United States, representing 11 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and growing at an annual rate of 4 percent. Table 1 lists selected types and amounts of material reportedly recovered in 1997 and 1998 from computer and other electronic scrap. Recycling your old electronics also creates jobs for many members of our community.Historically, recovering precious metals from electronic scrap has been one of the greatest economic incentives for the electronics recycling industry. Information on the specific amounts of individual precious metals ( gold , silver , and the platinum group metals) recovered is unavailable, but as much as one-third of the precious metals recovered from scrap may be gold. The value of the 1 t of precious metals recovered from electronic scrap in the United States in 1998 (Table 1) probably exceeded $3.6 million. Computer leasing programs also offer potential for increasing recycling and reuse rates.