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Spring cleaning should include donating old electronics

Donate computers that your children have outgrown so that others may use them.
Donate computers that your children have outgrown so that others may use them. OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

As daffodils push up from the ground, we know it’s time to think about spring cleaning. And there’s one bit of business we really need to discuss: outdated electronics.

We’ve all got stashes – stereo components, televisions and monitors, desktop computers and laptops, keyboards and mice, printers and fax machines, and cellphones and pagers. Even old clocks seem to hang around longer than they should.

These are an eyesore, no matter how many times a year you dust them.

Schools, churches, nonprofit groups and resale stores are some of the organizations that can put your gadgets back into circulation, which will keep them out of landfills.

Make a list, and then find out where you can donate household and personal electronics. These resources may help:

▪ Televisions, computers and related equipment are banned from state landfills. Mecklenburg County’s Solid Waste site includes a banned equipment list and electronics donation sites.

▪ Other options include donating electronics to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, which operates an electronics store called The Grid, and cellphones to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

▪ Mecklenburg County residents may drop off televisions and computer equipment at no charge at County Electronics Collection Sites.

Karen’s blog: http://homelifeclt.blogspot.com; on Twitter @sullivan_kms

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