Green Ideas for the Colorado Homeowner

Joan Shaffer June 9, 2016 Decluttering Downsizing Practical Tips

Spring Cleaning of Unwanted Electronics

For 3 years now, in Colorado it has been illegal to dump computers in the trash. This also includes DVD players, VCRs, monitors, printers, fax machines or any devices with a display. To help you Spring Clean – here are a few suggestions for properly disposing of these items.

Best Buy stores
Easy-to-use website details what they accept, what they don’t – and any possible restrictions that may apply. $25 fee for TVs.
Bestbuy.com/recycle

Staples stores
Most electronics and e-waste accepted for free. Limit of 7 items per day. Some items qualify for trade-in money.
Staples.com/recycling

Office Max and Office Depot
Buy one of 3 box sizes ($5, $10 and $15) and load up the box with your items. At the website you can download a list of acceptable items – and restrictions/terms.
Dpo.st/officedepotewaste

BlueStar Recyclers
Accepts almost all e-waste and electronics, but charges a fee for some items. After refurbishing electronics, they provide no-cost or low-cost PCs to low-income families. TV pickup service available. Call (303)534-1667.
Bluestarrecyclers.org

Denver Tech For All
Accepts all laptops and computers at no charge. They will scrub the hard-drive, refurbish the unit and donate these computers to children in need.
Denvertechforall.org

The Wireless Alliance
Provides collection boxes at Verizon, AT&T, Savers and Goodwill, accepting mobile phones, IPods, digital cameras, chargers, phone batteries and phone accessories. Online quotes are available for selling your devices. All equipment is re-purposed in a zero waste, environmentally conscious manner.
Thewirelessalliance.com

Techno + Rescue in Aurora recycles electronics plus handles data destruction. Most items recycle at no cost.
TechnoRescue.com

For other recyclers in Colorado:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/information-residential-electronics-and-computer-waste

For details and a video demo on wiping your hard drive clean, for PCs visit:
https://www.geeksquad.com/do-it-yourself/2mm/hard-drive-wipe.aspx

For MAC instructions, visit:
https://www.macworld.com/article/2906499/mac-911-how-to-erase-your-macs-hard-drive-the-right-way.html

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