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Go Green: Recycle Computers and Other Old Stuff

Today’s post is from the awesome green blog, Sustainable Personal Finance.  They share green tips with you just about every day.  If you think that you know everything about going green, you might want to reconsider when you visit this blog.

We usually talk about recycling in the traditional way: separate your paper and plastic and into two blue recycle bins.  There are a lot of things that you can’t put out at the curb and have them recycled.  This is not going to be a how-to article but a discussion a different type of recycling where items that can be found in your household you no longer want or need can be donated to people who need them.  There are organizations who will recycle computers, re-sell clothing and many other items too.  The following are some examples of things you can recycle for reuse when your goal is to reduce.

Recycle Computers

Mrs. SPF and I recently upgraded our computers.  Mrs. SPF was using my old desk top that was 8 years old and I replaced a 5 year old laptop.   Both machines need to be cleaned up to optimize their performance.  I won’t do this task but I will reformat the hard drive to erase our personal information.  After that is done we plan to reBOOT which is a not for profit that provides affordable technology to those who need it.  This organization will recycle computers and get them into the hands of people who need them most.

Give Away Cleaning Products

A few years ago Mrs. SPF decided that we had to stop using cleaning products that are toxic to the environment and to ourselves.  We decided to purge our house of these types of cleaners in exchange for making our own cleaning products and using green cleaners.  So we said goodbye to the cleaners and bleach but we made sure we didn’t just flush them down the drain.  Our local Humane Society is always in need of donations of cleaning products, cat and dog food, and blankets and towels.  So we boxed up the cleaning products and donated them to one of our favourite charities.

Donate Glasses

Every couple of years our work provides us a certain amount of money to get our eyes checked by an optometrist and then purchase new glasses which we both require to see properly.  Toward the end of the two year period our glasses are usually a bit dinged up but still usable.  Most companies that sell eyeglasses: Hakim, Lenscrafters, and Pearl Vision have a facility to help donate your glasses to third world countries via programs like Third World Eye Care Society Canada.  We don’t need the glasses anymore, especially after our prescription changes

Get Rid of Unused Clothing

There was a decluttering rule I heard once that if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in the last year you should rid yourself of it.  Of late i’ve realized I have a lot of clothes – much of which I don’t wear too often.  Some of this clothing is really nice but I just don’t have the opportunity to wear it more than once a year.  Mrs. SPF and I both work to give away clothing we no longer need but is of quality.  We approach our friends and family first to see if they could use the clothing and if they don’t want or need it we like to give it to the Liver Foundation who then sells the clothing to used clothing sales stores.  They pick it up from your porch which is convenient.  We also have big red bins located in the city where the clothing goes to the Salvation Army – another worthy cause.

Do you have ways to recycle things for re-use without a need to process materials? What did you do when you needed to recycle computers in the past?  Regardless if you need to recycle computers or dispose of old eye wear there are opportunities to merge the recycle and reuse items that you no longer need.

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28 thoughts on “Go Green: Recycle Computers and Other Old Stuff

  • Our local library holds an electronics recycling event every spring. Last year I recycled a cell phone and some computer equipment. This year I hope to do the same. The more we can do to minimize our cyber waste, the better.

  • Our local library holds an electronics recycling event every spring. Last year I recycled a cell phone and some computer equipment. This year I hope to do the same. The more we can do to minimize our cyber waste, the better.

  • Yesterday I heard about a great program to re-cycle old cell phones. You can donate them to the local sheriff’s department, and they will in turn give them to people who might need to make a 911 call, such as for example women who have a restraining order against former boyfriends/husbands.

  • Yesterday I heard about a great program to re-cycle old cell phones. You can donate them to the local sheriff’s department, and they will in turn give them to people who might need to make a 911 call, such as for example women who have a restraining order against former boyfriends/husbands.

  • Our county holds several days to pick up old electronics for recycling and disposal. They will also pick up paints and other toxic products. We have donated old cell phones to be refurbished and given to victims of domestic violence. All-in-all, as long as these things don’t end up in a landfill, I think some use can be gotten out of them.

  • Our county holds several days to pick up old electronics for recycling and disposal. They will also pick up paints and other toxic products. We have donated old cell phones to be refurbished and given to victims of domestic violence. All-in-all, as long as these things don’t end up in a landfill, I think some use can be gotten out of them.

  • I never thought of donating cleaning products to our local animal shelter. We’ve donated old towels and blankets and given stacks and stacks of newspapers. Thank you for the new idea!

  • I never thought of donating cleaning products to our local animal shelter. We’ve donated old towels and blankets and given stacks and stacks of newspapers. Thank you for the new idea!

  • There are other ways to make use of old technology. Using Ubuntu or another form of linux could breathe life into an old computer and make it a very capable net appliance. It’s kind of amazing what technology is being thrown out these days. I’ve received older desktops and slightly older laptops and have managed to turn them into servers and media centers with no or very little upgrading.

  • There are other ways to make use of old technology. Using Ubuntu or another form of linux could breathe life into an old computer and make it a very capable net appliance. It’s kind of amazing what technology is being thrown out these days. I’ve received older desktops and slightly older laptops and have managed to turn them into servers and media centers with no or very little upgrading.

  • Our county dump has a recycling center. They take electronics in addition to appliances, styrofoam, plastics, newspapers, aluminum, tin, mixed paper, cardboard, batteries, and even paint and oil. We recycle just about everything.

  • Our county dump has a recycling center. They take electronics in addition to appliances, styrofoam, plastics, newspapers, aluminum, tin, mixed paper, cardboard, batteries, and even paint and oil. We recycle just about everything.

  • Can you recycle just 3 single serve beverage containers a week? Join the challenge, blog about it and earn greenopolis.com points. Learn more from this video I found on YouTube (click my name).

  • Can you recycle just 3 single serve beverage containers a week? Join the challenge, blog about it and earn greenopolis.com points. Learn more from this video I found on YouTube (click my name).

  • The local crisis pregnancy center has come to my house to pick up used items for children. Saved me time and gas money.

  • I’m going to forward this article to my mom. My parents have a literal room full of stuff that could (and should!) be recycled. Maybe this will get the gears going and help motivate them to donate/recycle.

  • I’m going to forward this article to my mom. My parents have a literal room full of stuff that could (and should!) be recycled. Maybe this will get the gears going and help motivate them to donate/recycle.

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