There’s more to greening your computers, monitors and TVs than e-cycling them
when they’ve reached their end of life. Take these steps to further reduce the
impacts associated with the electronics we use in our daily lives.
If your computer, monitor or TV is in working condition, consider these
options before taking them for e-cycling:
Repair and/or upgrade
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.Reuse
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.Donate
Just because you can’t use
it doesn’t mean someone else can’t! Give your old 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
Some Oregon E-Cycles collection sites may accept working electronics for
reuse. Please ask collection sites for more details.
If your computer, monitor or TV can’t be repaired or reused, e-cycle it by
taking it to a participating Oregon E-Cycles collection site. 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. Look for products with other green
features like the use of recycled and recyclable materials. Need help? Ask
retailers about environmentally friendly options and check EPEAT for a list of
computers that meet environmental criteria.
Take advantage of energy-saving power management features on your electronics
and turn off or unplug them when not in use. (Electronics use energy even when
just 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