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What & Where to Recycle INDEX | Computer Parts

By recycling or safely disposing of your old computer equipment, you benefit the environment and more.

Prevent landfill expansion: By diverting bulky computer equipment from the landfill, you conserve landfill space.

Protect the water, land and air: Recycling computers keeps metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury out of landfills and protects our water, land, air and communities.

Social benefits: Donating your old computer not only helps the environment but also helps those who cannot afford to buy computers.

Conservation: Re-using the plastics, metals and other parts from old computers conserves natural resources. Products made from recycled materials often use fewer resources and require less energy to produce.

When we consider the fact that all landfills leak - even the best are not completely tight and eventually allow a certain amount of chemical and metal leaching - the mountains of e-waste destined for landfills is particularly disturbing. For more information on why to recycle electronics click here.

Here are some Web sites that may be helpful to you in your search to find something to do with your old computer:
Recycling Guide: http://www.electronicstakeback.com/how-to-recycle-electronics/
Dell Computer: http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/dell-environment-recycling.aspx
Electronic Industries Alliance: http://www.eiae.org
Hewlett Packard: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/community/environment/recycle.htm
IBM: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/environment/products/prp.htm
National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative: http://productstewardship.us/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=71
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition: http://www.svtc.org
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov

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Ink & Laser Cartridges
Tonerport, Kalispell, 257-4453
Cartridge World, Kalispell, 752-9110
Staples Office Supply, Kalispell, 257-8200
Best Buy, Kalispell, 752-1300

Computers & Electronics
Staples Office Supply, Kalispell, 257-8200
Best Buy, Kalispell, 752-1300
Cell Phone Repair, Kalispell, 257-2348
Radioactive, Kalispell, 257-5999

KEEP SECURITY IN MIND – although most recyclers will provide assurance that your personal data is destroyed, don't take a chance. Be responsible for protecting your identity and your assets, click here for links to clean hard drives & cell phones before recycling.

E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT
Every year Valley Recycling valleyrecycling.com  hosts their annual E-Waste Recycling program. In 2012 Flathead residents recycled 30,820 pounds of electronics. Electronic waste is a growing problem in Montana and around the United States. With technology growing so quickly, electronics become obsolete faster and faster. Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions is the current vender that Flathead County uses to host and collect electronics at the annual May collection event. Yellowstone E-Waste is licienced by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality as an authorized handler of electronic waste. They certify that material they collect is recycled in the USA and is not "dumped" overseas for processing. To learn more visit their web site at http://www.yellowstoneewaste.com/

Some of the text on this topic is adapted from Clean Computer Campaign, www.svtc.org web pages.

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