JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY
The Conservation Corner
By Mike Fraley
WHAT TO DO WITH ELECTRONIC WASTE
Sooner or later, we all face the dilemma of what to do with outdated, malfunctioning or broken electronic ware, perhapsan old cell phone or an ancient computer (three years old = a dinosaur) that no longer suits your needs. Or you may justhave some e-waste, such as an empty ink cartridge from your personal printer. Of course, the easy way to get rid of it is just to toss it in the garbage. But, if you are reading the JAS Newsletter, then you are aware that sending electronicwaste to a landfill is not environmentally friendly. Cell phones and computers contain many toxic materials: mercury,arsenic and lead to name a few. Here are ways you can dispose of that waste in a smart and ecologically sound way:
Let’s start with options for your old cell phones:
Women's Transitional Care Services (785-843-3333)
If your cell is still useable (not broken or damaged and you just upgraded yours) then the WTCS
would be your bestchoice. They will make sure it functions properly and then pass it on to someone in need of a 911 emergency phone.
Lawrence Habitat ReStore (part of Habitat for Humanity). (785-856-6920)
If your phone is no longer useable or might need repairing, then you should drop it at a recycling site. I recommend theLawrence Habitat ReStore, 800 Comet Lane. They actually get money from a recycler, which in turn supports Habitat.
BestBuy on 31
4651 W 6th St or at 2540 Iowa St # C
2301 Iowa St.
You can also drop off unwanted, damaged or broken cell phones at the above listed businesses in Lawrence.
You also have a few guilt free choices for disposing of those unwanted computers:
Computer Learning Center (Independence INC.)
accepts older, functioning computers to use for client training or togive to qualified recipients. Call them at
to find out more details and where to drop off your computer.
UNI Computers, 1403 W. 23rd St., Lawrence KS
will accept functioning and non-functioning computers for reuse andrecycling. They send your old computer to a company called Kansas E-recycling in Eskridge KS. If useable, computersare sent on to charitable organizations; unuseable computers are parted out and properly recycled (Note: there is aminimal recycling fee for certain monitors. All other items are accepted free of charge).Ink cartridges also pose a threat to the environment not because of heavy metals but by their sheer numbers. As many as300 million InkJet printer cartridges are estimated to end up in U. S. landfills every year. Then there are all of theLaserJet and toner cartridges from copiers and fax machines. This is obviously a huge environmental problem, but don't blame the manufacturers; they're eager to get your empty cartridges back, fill them up, and sell them again.
Here are a few places in Lawrence where you can recycle your ink cartridges for free:
First check with your office supply store. Bringing in an empty cartridge for recycling may net you a credit on a replace-ment cartridge Also, if you are a bit handy, you can possibly refill printer cartridges yourself, keeping them out of thelandfill and saving $ in the process. If those options do not work for you, the following businesses will be able to help:
Lawrence Habitat ReStore (part of Habitat for Humanity). (785-856-6920) 800 Comet Lane
Yes, they also accept all types of cartridges for recycling, selling them to a recycler thereby supporting Habitat.
Best Buy, 785-843-0657 Cartridge World, 785-856-6465
Wal-Mart (Electronics Dept./Recycling Center),785-832-8600
If you are still not sure which is the best option for your e-waste, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.orgYoucan find more information and resources regarding recycling at the City of Lawrence’s Waste Reduction & Recyclingwebsitehttp://www.lawrencerecycles.org
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