How to recycle your phone, PC and other tech gear

This site recycles not just old electronics, but also a variety of computer-related waste, such as printer cartridges, CDs, DVDs and more. You'll have to pay, though, and payment varies according to what you recycle. For example, you'll pay $34.95 to recycle an old desktop PC with a monitor (under 17 inches) or $19.95 each for a CPU, laptop, monitor or printer. Shipping fees are included in the price.

For CDs, DVDs, cell phones, pagers and similar "technotrash" (the site's term), you buy a technotrash can, fill it and send it to be recycled. Price varies according to what you're recycling -- for example, $59.95 for up to 70 pounds of waste (that includes postage).

MyBoneYard

This site boasts a wide range of what you can recycle, including cell phones, laptops, digital music players, gaming systems, GPS units, cameras, e-readers and more. However, it won't accept desktop computers or monitors.

Select the type of electronics you want to recycle and it takes you to a questionnaire that will help you describe it. You may have to know a bit about the specs of the product you want to recycle -- for example, if you want to send a laptop, you'll need to know the processor type and speed. Apart from that, though, it's straightforward to use. You get a pre-paid label for sending it in.

WeRecycle

This e-Stewards-certified site helps you recycle your electronics in several different ways. You can search for local recycling services near you by doing a search by ZIP code. If you live in New York State, you can also recycle your devices via the site for free. Pack them all up in a cardboard box, and then get a free FedEx shipping label from a link on the site.

This story, "How to recycle your phone, PC and other tech gear" was originally published by Computerworld.

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