If you've ever tried to find local resources for recycling your home electronics (e.g. computers, printers, televisions etc.) you've probably stumbled across the controversy surrounding this practice.
Reports suggest that a large percentage of what Americans currently recycle is sent abroad with little attention paid to the environmental impact of shipping our waste overseas or to the health of the workers who are responsible for deconstructing the electronics.
Our search over the years to find local, ethical recycling for our client's and our own broken electronics (e.g. computers, printers, tvs, routers, etc.) has yielded very little harvest…until now!
We just discovered that Guardian Self-Storage has partnered with Computer Recycling USA to recycle your electronics in the U.S.! You may balk at the fact that there is a fee (e.g. $9/laptop plus $9 if you want to have hard drive wiped clear), but we believe that is a small price to pay for the impact of our consumption. Guardian reports that they donate 10% of their profits from this program to the Audubon Society. And, Computer Recycling USA has a 100% recycle, zero landfill policy.
Unfortunately, the nearest Guardian drop-off location is Foxboro, MA. Apparently they get calls all the time from people in Boston looking for a similar U.S. based recycling resource in the city, but they haven't been able to identify one. (Any Boston facilities out there interested in starting a similar program??) So, let your friends and neighbors know about this program and stockpile all of your stuff for an annual trip to Foxboro.