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Recyclopedia: Computers and Electronics

Computers and Electronics

It takes about 500 pounds of oil to make a computer. Not to mention the physical or design labor. So buying and discarding a new computer every couple of years isn’t a very sustainable thing to do. Better if we wring whatever life we can out of them, and then recycle them to the greatest extent possible. It’s also important for manufacturers to construct them with this in mind. Used computers can be either upgraded or repaired at many local computer stores (check the Yellow Pages under Computer Repairs). Certain computer stores and second-hand stores will either buy or sell on consignment or accept trade-ins on computers. Charities, shelters or schools may accept donations of certain computers. Computers can also be sold or bartered through newspaper ads, bulletin boards, web pages, listing services, through online material exchanges, and other methods. End-of-life computers are accepted at the City of Tacoma Recycling Center. Recycled computers should be dismantled at certified facilities that protect workers from harmful chemicals and ensure high rates of recycling of materials. Local Electronics Recyclers include: CenterForce 5204 Solberg Drive SW, Lakewood (253)584-1001 www.certerforce.net PC Salvage 3627 S 54th St., Tacoma (253)460-8322 or 800-341-8003 www.allaboutpcsalvage.com Philip Services 1701 E Alexander Ave, Tacoma 800-882-9785 www.philipnow.com Total Reclaim 2200 6th Ave S, Seattle (206) 343-7443 www.totalreclaim.com; and InterConnection, info at www.InterConnection.org