Jan 22, 2007

About a year ago, we drove our ancient, dead laptop around in the trunk of our car for quite a while before learning about GreenCitizen. At that point, they had just one location, in Palo Alto. Now they've moved to an easier-to-find spot in Los Altos, and added a drop-off center in San Francisco.

The organization not only takes laptops, it accepts computer monitors, keyboards, printers, TVs and home entertainment equipment, phones, answering machines, CDs, DVDs, floppies, batteries. . .You can see the list (there are charges for some items) here.

GreenCitizen also has recycling kiosks for CDs, DVDs, cell phones, batteries, and print cartridges. They're located at Palo Alto Hardware, Ocean Shore Hardware in Half Moon Bay, and Sports Basement Presidio in SF.

Worried about just tossing out your computer and your phone? GreenCitizen offers hard drive destruction ($25) and cell phone erasure ($5).

And if your business needs to find a way to dispose of its obsolete electronics, you can arrange for a pick-up.

There are also classifieds so that, for instance, organizations can list what electronics they can use.

Why use GreenCitizen? 100% of what you give them is recycled. The organization's accountable: Recycled items are tracked through the entire de-manufacturing process to provide full accountability for the safe disposal of all toxins. And, let's face it, it's convenient to be able to take your dead computer, scratched DVDs, that pile of unwanted CDs from the huge internet provider, and batteries all to just one place.

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