In a house full of tech loving people we have collected our share of electronics. Over time they have become outdated or just stopped working and started collecting dust in my house. I know our home is like many others. Each year with back to school shopping, new computers, tablets and other electronics are added to households, leaving even more old electronics in the “no longer needed” pile. This is a great time to reflect on what we have bought, and consider the clutter that is kept and also to look at the Ontario Electronic Stewardship

Many electronics contain valuable materials such as gold, copper and other rare metals. Recycling your electronics helps ensure fewer of these materials are taken out of the earth. That is something that I hadn’t really thought about before, and it makes me wonder what is inside my unused electronics. I have computers that are out of date and I know that they can be refurbished and used for families who can’t afford to buy new. I just haven’t got around to having the information removed from them so I can do that. It is good to know there are other options in case I don’t ever get around to removing the information. I also have cell phones, cameras, printers and tablets that don’t work or are no longer used. I finally know what to do with them all!

I'm embarrassed to say this is just a small sampling of the unused electronics in our house.

I’m embarrassed to say this is just a small sampling of the unused electronics in our house.

This is a great opportunity to search the house for all of the old electronics and take an inventory of everything we’re sitting on, including all the rare metals. It’s a good time for other families to do it too! You can then visit to find out where to drop it all off. It will be good to make some space in the house and do some good for the environment.

Recycling your end of life electronics with Ontario Electronic Stewardship is great for the environment. It means that fewer old televisions, computers, phones and other devices end up in our landfills. It also means valuable materials like cooper and gold can be reclaimed and used for new products.

What old electronics do you have sitting around the house?



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