While we’re all abuzz with Earth Day reminders and Spring Cleaning, what in the world can we do with our dead or unwanted electronics like old cell phones, computers, TVs, and the like?
If you can’t donate your item, don’t trash it – recycle it! Special electronic waste recycling keeps e-waste from ending up in a landfill, which can create many environmental and health issues.
Thankfully, our area has cities that hold free electronic drop-off days throughout the year. Keep an eye out for announcements from your local solid waste (trash) pickup company or city, because they often hold free electronic disposal days. But when those aren’t available, we also have some local companies that accept electronic items for recycling year-round.
Electronic recycling can handle things like: large batteries, bulbs, televisions, monitors, printers, scanners, cameras, phones, VCR players, routers, hard drives, tablets, wires, cables, and more!
Here are some of the electronics recycling services in Northwest Arkansas. Make sure to visit their website to see what items they accept and if there are any fees.
Free Geek Arkansas
STS Electronic Recycling
eSCO Processing and Recycling
Out with the old and in with the new should never end with your used electronics in a landfill. Recycling recovers many valuable metals from old electronics that can be used to make new products. Due to the recycling process, we save energy, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save resources by reducing the amount of fewer raw materials from the earth. E-waste recyclers can dispose of each item properly by removing all the precious metals, such as gold and silver, to be reused. Using an e-waste recycler can truly benefit you and the earth.
Rene Guin-Salazar is a Realtor in NWA, that's Northwest Arkansas to all who don't know it as such.