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PostPoints tip: E-cycling isn't just for large items

As spring-cleaning season draws near, you'll probably start to see news about electronics-recycling, or "e-cycling," programs for old computers, monitors, televisions and other bulky items; see, for example, my summary from late December 2009. Those options are well worth exploring--but don't forget about the smaller gadgets and gadget leftovers you may have cluttering closets, cabinets and desk drawers at home. Things like broken keyboards and mice or orphaned cables and power adapters can themselves be recycled to yield useful components and materials, and most of the time you can drop them off at the same places that might take an old TV set off your hands. (About those old but still usable cables and power bricks: As I suggested here last March, you should first check on eBay to see if there's any sort of a market for those accessories, in which case it would be worth trying to unload them on that auction site before recycling them.)

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 2, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
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