E-Waste for Cheapskates
Got a computer older than dirt taking up space in your basement? Resist the urge to plop it on the curb. Trash companies (and even some recyclers) have a long and nasty history of dumping discarded electronics in landfills all over the developing world, polluting countries' ecosystems with toxics like lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic. Fortunately, the EPA and other agencies are responding to this problem by developing databases of responsible and convenient e-waste donation sites in neighborhoods across America.
But what about electronics that haven’t quite gone the way of the 10-pound cell phone? If you’re having a hard time parting with that glitter-covered TI-83, check out Amazon’s new e-waste trade-in program.