It's that time of year for spring cleaning and de-cluttering your home. And with Earth Day coming up, you can help the planet while at it! According to The World Counts, over 14 million tons of electronic waste has been thrown out worldwide- just in the first few months of 2021. Do you have a bag full of old cell phones, batteries, or smart devices from 5 years ago? An old TV or printer that has been collecting dust in the back of your garage? We are providing tips on how to recycle those properly and how to become more eco-friendly with future electronics.
Where to locally recycle electronics
As your hometown technology provider, we want to make sure you know of local places where you can easily recycle or donate your unwanted electronics. Hamilton County provides a long list of locations with recycling and donation options, but a few are highlighted below.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati- Just drop off your electronics or metals listed here at any ReStore location near Cincinnati - Cheviot, Bond Hill, Fairfield, Bellevue and Florence - and they will be recycled properly for you. While there, you can also donate items such as appliances, books, and furniture.
Batteries + Bulbs- According to the U.S EPA Office of Solid Waste, batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when improperly disposed of. To keep heavy metals out of landfills and the air, recycle your used batteries and light bulbs at places like Batteries + Bulbs, located in Colerain, West Chester, and more.
Staples- Computers, monitors, connected devices, and a long list of other electronics can also be recycled conveniently at your nearest Staples. You can even bring in your old ink cartridges and earn rewards for each recycled cartridge!
McNicholas High School Paper Shredding and Electronics Event- On the morning of April 24th, visit McNicholas High School with old papers and electronics that you would like safely discarded, including personal devices like your old cell phone, tablet, or desktop. All proceeds benefit the Athletic Program and Alumni Association.
Visit the button below to make recycling a win-win! Submit a photo of the items you plan on bringing to the above locations or simply tell us how you plan on reducing waste in 2021 to enter to win Reds tickets, a NEMO Blanket and 30oz YETI Tumbler.
Eco-friendly smart devices
When looking to invest in your next smart device, keep it eco-friendly! Cincinnati Bell retail stores sell all sorts of electronics- and Cincinnati Bell customers can get 10% off any smart device with 24-month interest free billing.
Nest Thermostat- According to Google Nest, smart thermostats can save an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. The Nest Thermostat allows you to schedule and adjust your temperatures right through the app and will automatically turns itself down when you leave the house. Watch our Bell Tech Tip to learn more about the Nest Thermostat's Eco Mode. Available to purchase for just $10.42 a month at a Cincinnati Bell retail store.
TP Link Smart Wi-Fi- There are multiple TP Link products - like the LED Bulb, Light Switch, and Plug Mini - that help you save energy and money. Each of these products are paired with the TP Link app to provide complete lighting control from anywhere. Track energy usage, set scenes, and schedule timers for your lights or products to automatically turn off when not being used. All available at your nearest Cincinnati Bell retail store.
Click and Grow- This self-sustaining smart garden can grow fresh greens, herbs, fruit and vegetables indoor. Learn more and purchase this innovative gadget here or check out all that we're growing at the Cincinnati Bell Kenwood location!
Whether it's recycling old electronics and participating in our Earth Day Giveaway, investing in eco-friendly devices, or even just changing your monthly Cincinnati Bell paper bill to an e-bill through our MyAccount app- we encourage everyone to take a small step towards reducing their personal waste in 2021.