E-Waste Calculator

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Recycling isn't just for bottles and cans.

Common home appliances can be recycled at e-waste centers. In fact, recycling these items saves a lot in CO2 emissions.

With this calculator, find out how many kilograms of CO2 you'd save by recycling items instead of throwing them away.

E-Waste Calculator

Plus, review some common examples of e-waste and how to recycle your items below.

What is e-Waste?

The term "e-Waste" refers to electronic items that are thrown away or recycled.

These items are discarded usually because they are old, don't work, or are hazardous. In some cases, the owner of the item simply doesn't want it.

Is a calculator e-waste? Yep, calculators are e-waste. Other types of office equipment, like printers and scanners, are also considered e-waste. Review the most common examples of e-waste in the section below.

Examples of e-Waste

e-Waste is a broad term that applies to many items. Here are some examples of what qualifies as e-waste:

Home Appliances

  • Microwaves
  • Electric cooking equipment
  • Electric kettles
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers
  • AC units
  • Dishwashers
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Heaters

Communication Devices

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Computer monitors
  • Circuit boards
  • Hard drives
  • Mobile phones
  • Smart watches

Entertainment Devices

  • TVs
  • DVD players
  • Blu-Ray players
  • VCRs
  • MP3 players
  • CD players
  • Remote controls

If your item still works, you can also find it a new home on a selling app. Our guide to the most popular selling apps covers what you can expect to earn and what fees to watch out for.

Office Equipment

  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Copiers
  • Calculators
  • Cords and cables
  • Servers and server racks

Miscellaneous Items

  • Flashlights
  • Lamps
  • Nightlights
  • Smart activity monitors, like Fitbit
  • Heating pads
  • Massage chairs

Before recycling: Remember to remove all sensitive and personal info from your mobile phones, computers, tablet devices and hard drives. Keep in mind that simply deleting files from your device may not actually remove the info from its memory. For help in removing this info, contact your local computer repair shop.

How to Recycle E-Waste

Luckily, there are many ways to recycle your e-waste. Here's how to get started:

  1. Check with your city's Department of Public Works. This department usually organizes e-waste events and sometimes even offers pick-up.

    Most mid-sized cities offer e-waste recycling programs, so this is the easiest, most eco-friendly, and most local way to recycle.

  2. If your city doesn't offer its own recycling program, sites like Earth911 are a good resource to find other options.

  3. Search for organizations that will take your working electronics. They can refurbish your items and give them to those in need.

    Free Geek and eBay for Charity are good places to start.

  4. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer of the item. Many large companies, like Apple, will take back old products. In some cases, you might even get credit for a new item.

  5. Find out which retail stores offer e-waste recycling programs (Tip: you don't have to recyle items you bought there!). Here's several stores that accept items like phones and computers:

    Stores that Recycle Cell Phones
    Sprint
    Samsung
    Best Buy
    Staples

    Stores that Recycle Computers and Laptops
    Dell
    Sony
    Samsung
    Best Buy
    Staples

Remember: e-Waste recycling is only for electronic waste. Items like hazardous waste, medical sharps, and batteries must be recycled separately.

Bottom Line

While recycling your phone or microwave may not feel like a huge deal, it's an important step to take in being more eco-friendly.

e-Waste, just like bottles and cans, can be recycled easily with just a little research and planning. After a while, you'll have saved thousands of kilograms in CO2 emissions and made the planet a greener place.

Holly Zorbas is a guardian of content and community at CreditDonkey, a personal finance comparison and reviews website. Write to Holly Zorbas at holly.zorbas@creditdonkey.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest posts.

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