Earth Day 2012, going Green, and recycling are all parts of an ongoing effort to promote ways to raise awareness of what you can do to help keep your environment healthy and sustainable.
An important facet of protecting the environment is utilizing electronics recycling and proper e-waste disposal, especially computer recycling, according to the EPA. Choosing to recycle electronics versus setting them on the curb on garbage day or throwing them into a dumpster is going Green in a big way.
One of the worst options for unwanted electronics is sending them to a landfill. Not only is this practice wasteful, it is also extremely harmful as toxins and chemicals leach into the ground and contaminate the earth and water supply.
Environmentally friendly alternatives to sending outdated or unusable electronics equipment to the landfill are becoming better known. For example, an organization known as Greenspot Dropoff now makes it easier to find a convenient location to take your unwanted computer, tv and related electronics for safe disposal. Best of all, the service is free.
Greenspot Dropoff was started in California in 2009 to promote as well as provide a responsible way to dispose of e-waste. Currently most Greenspot Dropoff locations are in California and Texas. Greenspot’s goal is to establish electronics recycling drop off locations within 10 miles of most population centers.
So what can you take to Greenspot Dropoff? With the exception of appliances, if you can plug it in and it has a circuit board, they can recycle it: televisions, fax machines, oscilloscopes, computer monitors, optical drives, PC boards, DVD players, laptops, VCRs, keyboards, printers, radios, computer mice, and stereo components are all accepted. They’ll also take cables and cords.
On March 9th, the program received a major boost when Greenspot Dropoff announced a partnership with Extra Space Storage and 48 of their self storage facility locations in California. Extra Space Storage is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and is the second largest self storage unit provider in the United States.
Now businesses and people in areas like Los Angeles county can decide to go green by dropping off their e-waste at Extra Space Storage locations like the Long Beach, CA self storage facility located at 194 E Artesia Blvd, Long Beach, CA. This recycling program will benefit the community not only environmentally, but financially as well. Greenspot and Extra Space Storage will donate one dollar to schools and charitable organizations for each CRT monitor, television, computer, flat screen and laptop dropped off at any participating California self storage unit rental facility.
Regardless of whether you live in the areas currently served by Greenspot Dropoff and their partners like Extra Space, it will benefit you and future generations to recycle your e-waste at a facility or drop off that will dispose of it properly. An online search usually will provide locations in your area. Your earth will love you for it.