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In with the new, but don't just throw out old electronics

December 29, 2007|By BOB KESSLER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Did you get a new phone or computer for Christmas? Or maybe you bought a plasma TV? What are you going to do with your old one? The answer should be this: recycle it.

There are places you can take old electronics to properly recycle them. If you have an old computer, stereo or TV, you can recycle it at Advanced Recycling Technology Inc. atCumberland Valley Business Park in Letterkenny. Individual drop-offs are free, but there might be a charge to destroy the hard drive, which you should have them do for your protection. They are at 1080 Opportunity Ave. in Chambersburg and can be reached by calling 717-262-4383.

You also can check with your local municipality to see if they will have any type of bulky item day or recycling day where you can dispose of electronics.

Some computer companies have programs to recycle old computers, so you should check with the manufacturer to see if they have such a program. This information is easy to find on the Internet.

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If you received a new phone for Christmas, you can recycle your old phone. There are programs that will take your old cell phone to give it to someone to use for 911 calls. Check with your phone provider to see if they have such a program. AT&T and Verizon do have a recycling program as does Staples. I am sure that others do too. But before you get rid of your old phone, you need to remove your old phone numbers and if it is a picture phone, remove your old photos. If you are not sure how to do this to protect your identity, check with your phone company. Most people do not realize that they must do more than hit the delete button to remove data from phones and computers.

If you have a printer in your home with your computer, you can recycle your old cartridges by taking them to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. They will accept your toner cartridges or ink cartridges and they will receive money for them when they are recycled. You can get rid of an old cartridge and help the animal shelter. Just take them to their facility in Chambersburg. If you are not in the Chambersburg area, check with your local office supply store for information on their recycling program.




Bob Kessler is an extension agent specializing in farm and garden for Penn State University. He is based in Franklin County, Pa. He can be reached weekdays at 717-263-9226 or by e-mail at rxk4@psu.edu.

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