There's more to being environmentally friendly and sustainable than recycling, aka e-cycling, your electronics. Take these steps to further reduce the environmental impacts associated with the electronics you use in your daily life.
Reduce, repair and donation options
If your television, computer, monitor, or printer is in working condition, consider reuse, repair and donation before taking them for e-cycling.
Save memory space on your new computer by designating the old one for a specific task, like word processing or hosting your music collection. An old TV can serve as a second set in another room, or be used for games and/or movies.
Repair and/or upgrade it
A computer or TV repair shop can often make your old electronics like new again with simple repairs. Upgrading a few parts in an old computer can also be a cost-effective alternative to buying a new one.
Just because you can't use it doesn't mean someone else can't. Give your old printer, computer, monitor or TV to a family member, friend or student in need. If you don't know anyone who could use your old working electronics, donate them to a second-hand store, charity or reuse organization.
Some Oregon E-Cycles collection sites may accept working electronics for reuse. Please ask collection sites for more details.
If you are concerned about data security, visit DEQ's Consumer Information page for some helpful tips on erasing your data.
If your computer, monitor, printer or TV can't be repaired or reused, e-cycle it with the Oregon E-Cycles program by taking it to a participating Oregon E-Cycles collection site. Find your nearest location here. Not only is it free and easy, but you'll also be assured that your old electronics are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.
If you're in the market for new gadget, consider used and refurbished equipment. Many electronics repair or reuse stores and manufacturer Web sites offer high quality used and refurbished items for a fraction of the cost of a similar new item.
When shopping for new electronics, choose energy efficient products such as those that carry the ENERGY STAR label. Looking for products with other green features like the use of recycled and recyclable materials? Ask retailers about environmentally friendly options and check EPEAT for a list of computers, TVs and other electronics that meet environmentally preferable criteria.
Environmentally friendly use tips and tricks
Take advantage of energy-saving power management features on your electronics and turn off or unplug them when not in use. Ever heard of an energy vampire? Electronics use energy even when plugged in. Prolong the life of your electronics by keeping them in tip-top shape. Consult your owner's manuals for more information on proper maintenance.
For more information, contact Oregon E-Cycles program staff at 503-229-5830 or email email@example.com