victims for emergency use (phones not connecting to a service will
still work for 911 calls).
Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4181.
Here's a partial list of places that take electronics for reuse or recycling. For a complete directory with more listings, go to Tucson Clean & Beautiful's website at www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org
TVs, computers and other electronics
* Rise Equipment Recycling Center, 623-7162, 1134 S. Park Ave. Accepts working and nonworking computers, TVs and other electronics (cellphones are collected for reuse). There is a $10 fee for each TV set and a $2 fee for each CRT (cathode-ray tube) computer monitor donated without a computer.
Rise picks up TVs and other items on the first Saturday of each month at the City of Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program's east-side outreach site at 7575 E. Speedway.
* World Care, 514-1588, 3538 E. Ellington Place (near East Aviation Highway and South Alvernon Way). Along with other electronics, World Care accepts working and nonworking TV sets, but there is a 25-cent-per-pound fee for nonworking TVs. Note: WorldCare is closed until Jan. 2 for inventory.
* American Retroworks, a for-profit recycler, accepts "anything with a plug," with a pickup-only service. The items are disassembled in foreign countries, including an operation in Frontera, Sonora, and handled according to fair-trade recycling rules, representative Nate Hutnak said. The company charges a flat $25 pickup fee per trip, plus $10 for each TV and $5 for each computer monitor. Call 477-8919 to arrange pickups.
* Some retailers have recycling programs. Best Buy, which has five Tucson-area stores, accepts a wide variety of items for recycling, including desktop or laptop computers, TVs and rechargeable batteries, at its stores.
But there are restrictions. The store won't take any glass-tube TVs with screens bigger than 32 inches, nor will it take big rear- or front-projection TVs.
The store offers pickup and hauling of larger TVs and major appliances, for a fee, to customers who buy replacement items at Best Buy.
For a list of items Best Buy accepts, see tinyurl.com/6ndmtzn
* The city of Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program accepts computers and peripheral items (no TVs or other electronics) Friday and Saturday mornings at its main site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive and other locations. There is no charge for city residents and residents of unincorporated Pima County. Residents of Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita are charged a $5 fee.
For other locations, hours and details, see tinyurl.com/c4mf428 or call 888-6947.
* Several local businesses buy later-model used computers for refurbishment and resale, or accept older systems for recycling, including Computer Renaissance, 7254 N. Oracle Road, 888-8100; and A+ Computers, 747-4668.
* Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, 2545 E. Adams St. 795- 8001. Accepts donations of cellphones and other items by appointment. Phones are given to domestic-violence victims for emergency use. Call or visit online for more info.
* The American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter, 2916 E. Broadway, 318-6740 or toll-free, 1-877-AZ-LIFE-5 (1-877-295-4335). Cellphones are refurbished for emergency use or recycled. Visit the website or call for drop-off locations.
* Major cellular carriers, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, accept old cellphones, batteries and chargers for refurbishment or recycling.
Several charity thrift shops accept working TVs and consumer electronics, including:
* Beacon Group accepts working TVs (except consoles) and electronics only at its Value Village location, 2700 N. Stone Ave., 792-1454.
* Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona accepts working TVs (regardless of size or type) and electronics at several Tucson-area locations.
* The Salvation Army accepts working televisions, computers and other electronic items.
(c) 2012 Arizona Daily Star. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.
Most Popular Stories
- 5 Potential Snags to the Bipartisan Budget Deal
- Adam Levine Wins Big as 'The Voice' Crowns Champ
- Archer Daniels Midland Moving HQ to Chicago
- From Fiscal Cliff to Female Head of GM: 2013 in Review
- U.S. Home Construction Hammers Out 5-Year High
- Budget Deal on Brink of Passing in Senate
- Broadband Policies Could Mean 11,000 Jobs
- William Morris Endeavor Eats up IMG
- Wine Collector Convicted of Making Fake Vintages
- Apple: Disney Animation iPad App Best of 2013