If you're like a lot of people, you may have a laptop sitting in the corner of a spare room somewhere. It probably stopped working years ago. Or maybe you just upgraded to a more recent model, and never figured out what to do with the old one. Or with the iPhone you abandoned when you switched to Android, or with the BlackBerry you used before that. According to a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of Americans have old technology sitting around and the majority don't know where to recycle it -- or even whether you should.
It isn't just computers, of course. Old mattresses, expired medicines, different types of plastic: most people have asked themselves at various times whether certain items are recyclable, and if so, what's the best way to go about it. Recycling in the United States is a surprisingly complicated topic on which there are multiple opinions, but there are plenty of resources available to help provide the information you need.
The Environmental Protection Agency is a good starting point, with a background to the basics and benefits of the ‘Three Rs' (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and some tips on, for example, how to reduce food waste as well as how to recycle electronics.