This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #20 Recycling Old Computer and Electrical Cables
Things that are recyclable that often seem like they shouldn’t be. Let’s go ahead and toss the old computer and electrical cables into that mix, shall we? But really, they’re just plastic and metals, for the most part. Why shouldn’t they be recyclable? Truth is, they are. Here’s more info.
This will require just an added bit of effort on your part, as it is unwise to simply toss electrical and computer cables into the curbside plastic bin — in fact, you will be better off calling your curbside program to find out exactly the best way to recycle these cables. Research the links below for more info, as Internet searching is also a great way to get the low-down.
Many metal scrap yards will take the old cables because they contain copper. If you feel like you want even more of the cables to be recycled, find a computer parts recycler, and you might even be able to get some cash for your recyclables.
Helpful Links on Recycling Old Computer and Electrical Cables:
Search by “Electrical Cables” and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.
Check out the article about Brazil’s program to recycle toothpaste tubes, for use in recycled furniture.
Information on Recycling Program at Best Buy for anything electrical.
How to Recycle Your Computer Parts and more might be a valuable resource.
More info from Earthlink on Recycling Computer Parts Including Cables.