How to and Not to Recycle Your Electronics
by Deirdre Blake
posted Apr 22 2014 11:10AM
It's Earth Day, so if you want to be more green, think about how you get rid of old electronics you've found in your garage, basement or attic.
Scott Weislow with Best Buy tells WFLS they'll take almost anything, from old tube and flat panel tvs to cassette tapes, VHS tapes and cords. Most local Best Buy stores will take up to three of each item for free. If the tvs are bigger 32 inches for a tube tv and 60 inches for a flat panel, they'll have to be picked up at your house. Store staff will do that for free, as long as you make another qualifying in-store purchase.
It is illegal in most areas of Virginia and this region to just thrown electronics away. If you get caught doing it at many of the landfills, you could get a ticket. You could contact your landfill or local city and county offices to find out what to do. Many of them also hold once or twice a year days to just collect electronics. Weislow says there are other ways to find out what to do though. You can call 1-800-recycling or earth-911. Some will charge you to take the items, but other don't. Of course, donating to a place like a regional Goodwill store is also an option. They will sell the items to somebody that might have a use for them, it helps create a job and you get a tax write-off.