How to Dispose of Electric Components

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You can dispose of your old electronics in a timely and stress-free fashion.

If you have any old televisions, cellphones or computer equipment you'd like to part with, it's important that you go through the proper channels. By knowing exactly where to go and which organizations to contact, you can dispose of your electric components in no time. Whether you're interested in recycling your unwanted electronics or donating them to charity, you can easily find a wide assortment of organizations that are more than happy to take them off your hands.


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      Take any unwanted televisions that still work to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. In addition, many schools are always interested in acquiring televisions. If the television is no longer in working condition, bring it to your nearest electronics recycling center. If you're unclear on the center's location, pay a visit to and enter your current locale and the item(s) you wish to recycle in the website's designated boxes.

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      Bring your used Apple products to the nearest Apple Store. If you own an iPod, iPad, iPhone, iMac or MacBook of which you wish to dispose, the Apple Store will gladly relieve you of them. The devices will then be stripped for parts and any unused portions will be recycled.

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      Take any cellphones you'd like to get rid of to the store from which they were purchased. Many cellphone retailers recycle broken or outdated phones and batteries. In some cases, the phones will be refurbished and sold at discounted prices. If the phone still works, consider donating it to CTIA, a charitable organization that specializes in providing the underprivileged with refurbished cellphones.

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      Donate used computer equipment to schools or charitable organizations. Since Goodwill and the Salvation Army only accept PC components at participating locations, make sure to phone in advance. You can take broken computer equipment to an electronics recycling center or certain office supply stores. Staples, for example, will take office electronics off your hands free of charge and strip them for parts.

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