Think twice before tossing old technology

Think twice before tossing old technology

EUGENE, Ore. -- At the height of the giving season many will find themselves set up with a number of sweet new gadgets. But what becomes of the old, outdated tech toys?

“We do not want to be putting a lot of electronics and metal parts into our landfills,” said Terry Pleger of Nextstep’s electronic recycling. “Your motherboards and your processors and chips, they can leak actual chemicals into the ground if they sit long enough."

Throwing them away is not only bad for the environment. Nextstep’s executive director John Barnum said leaving electronics out for the garbage truck is also illegal.

“You cannot put television sets, your computers, your laptops, and the older type CRT monitors. Those can no longer go to the landfill,” said Barnum.

Barnum said the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted electronics is to recycle them.

That's where nextstep comes in.

Whether your holiday gifts are replacing an old curling iron or an old computer, you can bring these items in to Nextstep to help give them a second life.

The non-profit accepts donations of unwanted and broken electronics, fixes them up, and sells them at a reduced rate.

Barnum says that every electronic recycled is one less thing cluttering up landfills.

Nextstep isn't the only one recycling your old electronics. Saint Vincent de Paul has a similar program.