A Safe, Free Way To Get Rid Of That Electronic Junk

There's a lot of very bad stuff in old computers, and we're not just talking about your dad's porn still lurking somewhere on the hard drive.

The screens, the plastic, the guts all contain some bad crap. Not to mention that much of the hardware, once it's freed from that junk, can be recycled and used again.

Getting rid of an old computer is usually no easy task, but that changed this past weekend.

More than 4,000 residents took more than 600,000 pounds of old computres, TVs and cell phones Saturday to drop-off sites operated by Waste Management and Sony Electronics.

“These events were a tremendous success as it was our hope to collect as much electronic materials and demonstrate a shared commitment with the community to work together with programs that benefit the environment,” said Patrick DeRueda, president of Waste Management s Recycle America program.

The free program is ongoing; check out Sony's recycling website for more info on how to get rid of your old stuff, safely.

-- Richard Connelly

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