Recycle Your Old Electronics

JONESBORO (KAIT) -  With the big switch to HDTV only a few months away many are thinking about purchasing new televisions. The question is what are you going to do with your old TV's and other ancient appliances.

In today's world, electronic products are practically obsolete by the time they're made. . But what can we do with the old stuff?

Almost all of it can be recycled.

Angela Sparks,  Legacy Landfill, "There's a lot of things that can be recycled other than your television. There are computers, monitors, cell phones, telephones, radios, I pods, X boxes, all the games, stereos, copiers, microwaves, anything with electronics we can send it off for recycling to keep it out of the land fill."

The list is varied and almost endless.

Most of us think we can just toss it into the trash can so the sanitation department can haul it away to the landfill...wrong. There is some nasty stuff in that old computer.

"Components that have mercury, lead, and other things that when they interact with other things in the waste stream can cause fires or if touched by our operators can cause skin damage. "

In 2007 Legacy Landfill workers culled nearly 20 tons of electronics from what came out of the back of garbage trucks.

Anyone from Craighead and surrounding counties can bring electronics to the landfill for recycling. It's free and so easy.

Sparks, "Just bring it out here to our landfill and when they come inside the building just set anything recyclable on a pallet that we have next to the bins and that's all there is to it."

But before you recycle there are a couple of things you might want to consider.

Does it still work?

If not, can it be fixed?

If it's just outdated and you don't have a use for it anymore, could someone else use it?

Consider making it a donation to your church, youth center or an organization like Abilities Unlimited which will take working electronics like TV's and computers.

Another option for recycling electronics is office depots program, you buy a box from them and stuff it full and bring it in to the store and it will be shipped off to the recycler.

The landfill is open 8-4 Monday thru Friday and 8 until noon on Saturday. We're located at 238 County Road 476 just off Hiway 1 South.

Don't toss your old electronics in the trash, recycle.

For more information on recycling electronics click on the links with this story.