On Your Side: Computer Recycling

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

Finding a safe and environmentally friendly place to dispose of your electronics can sometimes be pretty difficult.

But one major office supply company is changing that.

Recycling your computer, cell phone or PDA is now as easy as stopping by your neighborhood Staples store.

The goal is to make it as convenient and simple for you as possible and hopefully protect the environment in the process.

It's always fun to buy a new piece of electronic equipment. There are all the new features to play with and of course, it's nice to have something new.

But what do you do with the old equipment the new one is replacing?

Hopefully you recycle it.

"We're offering this service to make it easy on our community and our customers," Augusta Staples General Manager Brad Duncan said.

The office supply store Staples is helping you do just that.

Staples is the first national retailer to offer customers every day in-store recycling for computers.

"The reason we're doing it is because a number of everyday folks are very frustrated with trying to dispose of their electronics," Duncan said.

The major pieces of your computer will go in sealed bags and the contents of the hard drive will be erased.

The recycling company will come, pick it up and dispose of it.

All you have to do is bring it in and pay a very small fee.

But that's not all the Staples will help you get rid of.

Just last year, customers brought in more than 17,000,000 ink and toner cartridges

Stores will even accept cell phones, PDAs and many other types of electronics.

"We're just doing our part to keep the world green and being environmentally friendly," Duncan said.

You can bring in all the parts of the computer, be it the printer, keyboard, monitor, and even the mouse.

The fee is just $10. That money helps with the cost of the recycling.

Just head over to the Staples stores in Aiken or Augusta and they'll be waiting on you and your computer.

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