why e-waste should be kept, recycled in the U.SHave you ever struggled with the decision of what to do with your outdated television or desktop computer that still works? Although you might have upgraded to a more sophisticated plasma screen or a laptop, it certainly seems a shame to just send these operable devices off to the recycler where they’ll just be dismantled and sold as scrap. Before you recycle, it’s a good idea to see if you can donate those devices to one of the many nonprofit organizations that could use them to further their cause. Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) — This program is active in California, Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and Washington schools where students take donated computers and computer components and upgrade them for the use. Students involved in StRUT gain valuable skills by learning to evaluate, repair and refurbish donated computers and in turn local schools get free computers. Komputers 4 R Kids — This is a 501(c)(3) public charity and a state-licensed collector of surplus electronics. It is their mission to reduce the “digital divide” by enabling equal access to technology to needy children throughout Southern California. Komputers 4 R Kids salvages what it can for use by children, and then transfers what’s left to a state-licensed recycler. Click here for a full list of what is accepted and how to donate. Reconnect — Through a partnership with Dell and Goodwill, consumers can now recycle any brand of computer equipment in any condition for free. All you have to do is visit the Reconnect site, and find out if they will accept your device. Then, locate one of more than 1,900 Goodwill locations that will accept your donation. Since 2004, this program has collected more than 96 million pounds of electronics. The Wireless Foundation — This organization’s national CALL TO PROTECT program enables people to dispose of their wireless phones in a manner that helps the environment and raises funds for national organizations working to end partner violence. Funds generated through CALL TO PROTECT collections have provided grants totaling more than $3.5 million to agencies leading the campaign against domestic violence. Click here to learn how to donate. If none of these organizations suit your interest, visit 1-800-RECYCLING’s recycling location search for a listing of organizations nationwide that accept electronic products for recycling.