Graduation is approaching (Sunday!) and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been noticing some changes to your computer. I received my computer the summer before
freshman year of college, and it is approaching its fourth birthday in August. Like all electronics, it grows slower and more incompetent with age. At the moment, it functions adequately, but as the screen continues to flicker and die without warning, and the USB ports similarly ending their functionality, it comes time to think about buying new computer – and how to responsibly dispose of the old.
If you are going to be around in October, there’s always University of Rochester’s E-Cycle Day. This convenient event accepts all electronic devices and safely, securely, and responsibly recycles them.
Monroe County provides the Eco-Park which has drop off times for safe and secure disposal of your electronic waste. The Eco Park also accepts clothing, curbside recyclables, scrap metal, and bulky plastics. The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requires manufacturers to provide a free and convenient way for consumers to recycle certain types of e-waste, so there are always options for your e-waste needs. For more places to recycle your e-waste in Monroe County, click here.
So when it comes time to finally lay your computer to rest, take care of it responsibly.
By Alanna Scheinerman, Class of 2013