Reducing Your E-Waste

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Reported by Scott Meeks
August 31, 2007

Recycling things like paper and glass have become routine for many of us. But now it's more important than ever to add "electronics" to that list.

CW29's Scott Meeks shows what you can do in this Going Green report.

Computers 4 Kids is dedicated to stimulating bright, young minds.

"We strive to have an educational environment. But we also want to provide adult role models for some of these kids," explained Lisa Romano with Computers 4 Kids. 

But the non-profit after school program is also leading the way when it comes to electronic-recycling. Romano says, "Volunteers refurbish, fix up, repair and then they're the computers that get distributed to our students."

From PCs to printers, they're happy to accept all sorts of computer equipment from those looking to make a donation.

"We've had businesses from around the country contacting us wanting to send us 30 CPUs that they have," shared Romano. 

They store those much appreciated donated computers. Unfortunately, some of them are duds and need to be recycled, but that's where Crutchfield comes into play.

The electronics store launched its recycling program a year ago. They were hoping to fill one of trailer with electronics; instead, they filled 12.

"It's been a success far more than we could have ever predicted," said Crutchfield's Jude DeFrank. 

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They have collected more than 125 tons of old TVs, steroes and more--items that would have ended up in the landfill.

"Big screen TVs, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refridgerators. Anything that has a plug that has a hazardous chemical component, we can get it recycled," assured DeFrank. 

According to the EPA, more than 4 million tons of e-waste clogs our nation's landfills every year. Some of that e-waste, contains lead, mercury and other dangerous substances.

"We're part of the community and we want to take as good a care of it as we can," said DeFrank.

Romano says, "People are always really happy to find out that there's something responsible that they can do."

The electronics donated to computers for kids are fixed and put to good use.

"Students earn a computer. They bring it home and they start teaching their family members the skills they've learned at Computers 4 Kids," revealed Romano. 

A lesson that's good for the kids, their future and the environment.

Computers 4 Kids does have criteria for what they can accept. For more information about that click the "Items You Can Donate to Computers 4 Kids" link.


You can also view a list of the electronics that Crutchfield recycles and how much it'll cost you. Click the link called "Crutchfield's Electronics Recycling Lists and Costs" to see the list.

Crutchfield has two locations: Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. You can recycle at both.