computer user ends up with old machines, dead printers or an obsolete
cell phone. Often this just gets thrown in the trash where
toxic chemicals in the electronics can poison landfills.
In addition to heavy metals such as lead and mercury, there are quantities
of arsenic, beryllium, cadmium and gobs of polyvinyl chloride. Yuk!
Things get worse when these products are burned in incinerators and
we end up breathing these poisons. 90% of cell phones/batteries are
never recycled. That is illegal in California!
all know recycling is better for the environment but did you know
it is better for society too? And I don't mean West Hollywood.
Cell phones alone contain rare earth elements which are mined by
African warlords to pay for their violent, war mongering regimes
in Rwanda and the Congo. Adults and children are paid slave
wages to work 12 hour days covered in filth while panning, by hand,
for these valuable minerals. Re-using these elements means
less money for African despots and a saner world for everyone. For
more on this dirty secret the cell phone companies don't want you
know just click here.
LOCAL RECYCLING SPOTS:
City of West Hollywood
- The City of Weho holds
occasional recycle events and document shredding in conjunction with
. If there is one coming up it will be
Plus you can recycle your batteries at City
Hall any time.Best Buy Geek Squad
- Take your
dead computer to the Geek Squad desk at Best Buy and they will take
care of it for you for free. But they will pocked the money they
make from the materials. Also they take computers in ones and
twos but don't expect to mass-dump ten broken PCs on their doorstep
they won't accept them all.
Best Buy store locator.Koontz Hardware
As a computer fixer I end up with a lot of batteries from dead laptops.
If the battery is removable then I just take them around the corner
to Koontz Hardware
Their battery recycling bucket is right by the front door.
- Two locations in the Hollywood/Beverly
Goodwill Store Locator
RECYCLING YOUR CELL PHONE
If you bought a new phone,
make sure to transfer the data from your old phone. The store can
often help with this. Locate the settings screen on your phone and
factory reset it so all your data is removed. As an added precaution,
you can also remove the SIM card. If the cell phone battery is removable,
you’ll want to take it out. Most cell phone batteries are lithium-ion
batteries, which require special transportation for recycling, so
this is especially important if using a manufacturer’s mail-back
program. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS:
Your old phone can be re-used by a member of the U.S. armed forces.
With the simple, powerful donation of your newer or gently-used cell
phone, smartphone or tablet, you become a hero to our nation’s heroes.
Your mobile phone gets responsibly recycled and proceeds from that
process fund the charitable programs that truly provide a lifeline
to troops and veterans.
RECYCLING FOR CHARITIES:
You send them
the e-waste, you pick the charity to benefit and that group gets
the money. Simple. And there are a huge number of charities available.
FOR CHARITYLIFECELL RECYCLING:
Your dead cell phone can provide clean drinking water to the world's
poorest people. Find out more at
With 1.4 BILLION new phones made every year those old ones gotta