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Why you should recycle your old electronics

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We all have one: a stockpile of old electronics in our basement, attic, or storage closet that we just don’t know what to do with. Maybe it’s a stack of defunct cellphones, a TV and VCR that haven’t worked in over a decade, a digital camera from the early 2000s, or a family of roller ball computer mice that have long since lost their rollers.

Luckily our Habitat for Humanity Niagara ReStores can help. Our stores will gladly accept your old electronics free of charge and ensure they are safely and responsibly recycled.

Some of the items that our stores accept include:

  • Mobile and landline telephones
  • Laptops, tablets, and desktop computers
  • Peripheral devices, including printers, fax machines, keyboards, monitors, mice
  • Stereo equipment, including speakers, radios, CD players, turntables
  • Cameras
  • TVs and media players, including VCRs, Blu-Ray players, video game consoles
  • Household batteries

Read the full list of accepted items.

Electronic waste – or “e-waste” – is growing rapidly as our society continues to create and adopt new technology. Yet, according to the Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership, in 2019 only 14% of the e-waste generated in Canada was collected and properly recycled.

So why should you recycle your old electronics?

1. It’s better for the environment

Electronics like TVs, computers, cameras, and radios contain harmful and toxic substances such as lead and mercury, which can leak into the soil and groundwater if electronics are disposed of in traditional landfills.

2. It helps Habitat for Humanity build more affordable homes

ReStore receives regular payments from their recycling partner for the electronic waste they collect. Those funds are then invested into Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s homebuilding program.

3. It’s safe

From cellphones to computers, many of our electronics now house personal and/or confidential information that we don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. Regulated recycling programs such as the one provided at the ReStore ensure the safe destruction of your data when your electronic device reaches end of life.

To clear space in your home – and help your community and the environment in the process - find your nearest ReStore. We accept drop-offs between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.