How to recycle your phone, PC and other tech gear

By Preston Gralla, Computerworld |  Hardware, smartphones, tablets

Other manufacturers that have recycling programs include: Acer, Asus, Gateway, Lenovo and Samsung.

If you want to recycle your mobile phone, most major vendors and carriers offer recycling programs, including: AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Verizon Wireless.

The one exception to this laudable trend may be T-Mobile, which deserves criticism for what is either a bait-and-switch for people interested in recycling phones -- or simply an inability to keep its site current. T-Mobile has a page on its site that highlights its overall "greenness" and appears to link to ways to recycle your phone, to offer advice on how to go green, and to learn about T-Mobile's work to provide after-school activities for children in a program called Huddle Up.

However, when I clicked the link that says it will provide information about how to recycle your phone, I was sent to a page that tries to enlist support to get better T-Mobile wireless coverage in local communities. When I clicked the link to learn more about going green, I got an error page. And when I clicked the Huddle Up link, I was sent to a page dated January 2010 that described the T-Mobile Invitational National High School Basketball Tournament.

T-Mobile does one thing right: It says you can bring a T-Mobile phone to a T-Mobile store to be recycled.

Donate your electronics to a good cause

Re-use is even better than recycling. And there's no better way to make sure that your electronics will be re-used is to donate them to a non-profit organization.

The Cristina Foundation provides an easy way to do that. The foundation helps connect people who want to donate technology with non-profits, schools or public agency organizations that can use it. Head to its non-profit locator, type in your ZIP code, and you'll get a list of non-profits near you. Included are the equipment they accept, along with details about the non-profit itself. Choose a group, and you'll be able to start the donation process online.

Another worthy group, the World Computer Exchange, accepts working computers, monitors, hard drives, cell phones, printers, network equipment and more.

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