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Other Recycling Options
If you are interested in finding alternatives to the recycling options offered by Gateway and would like to find additional organizations that take working computers for reuse, or to locate an electronics recycling service in your area, explore these choices:
- eRecycle.org is a partnership between government, manufacturers, retailers and the environmental community that provides guidance and information to consumers about recycling electronic waste.
- The Rethink Initiative offers a fresh perspective on the challenge of e-waste, providing tools and solutions that make it easy to sell, donate, or recycle used computers and electronics.
- Earth 911 is a ZIP code-driven search for resources. You can call their toll-free number at 1-800-CLEANUP for assistance.
- The Telecommunications Industry Association’s E-Cycling Central has a database of electronics recyclers around the country.
- The International Association of Electronics Recyclers offers a search engine for recycler companies and locations.
- Third-Party Recycler Certifications: Currently there are two responsible electronics recycler standards and certification programs available to recyclers. They are The E-Stewards Certification, developed by the Basel Action Network (BAN), and the Responsible Recycler (R2) Certification, currently administered by R2 Solutions. At this time Gateway supports recyclers that use either or both certification programs. The websites for both programs list the recyclers that have been awarded certifications to their respective standards.
- Your state environmental agency's website may offer listings of electronics recyclers in your state.
- Your community's household hazardous waste service, recycling program, or solid waste program—check your jurisdiction's web page or the government pages or the Yellow Pages in your phone book.
- Your Yellow Pages for listings of local electronics recycling companies and nonprofits.
- Local charitable organizations such as Goodwill or Salvation Army may take unwanted, working computers.
More About Recycling Your Old Computer
Some communities have set up services for electronics recycling through public waste management and recycling programs. There may be ongoing or periodic service, like a collection event, in your community. Contact your local solid waste and recycling services to find out more.
To choose a recycler, check to make sure that the firm meets all applicable state and local laws, and that it properly manages the recovered materials. Also, check to make sure that the recycler has been certified to either BAN’s E-Stewards Standard or to the R2 Standard. To find out more about the regulations that apply in your state, contact your state's environmental agency.
It's good to ask a recycler how they recycle it—to be sure parts are not placed in landfills or shipped to overseas markets where environmental laws are nonexistent or not strictly enforced.