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Transcript: Go green by trading in your old electronics

Anchor Intro: If you love to own the latest technology, chances are you have a stash of tech trash! But before you toss that used cell phone, camera or computer in the local dump, why not see if you can earn some cash back for it?

Voice over 1: Escrap recycled more than three-thousand tons of electronics last year at this one store. Nationally the Environmental Protection Agency says in 2006, Americans dumped more than two million tons of "tech trash" in dump sites, but only 380,000 got recycled. That's bad news for our environment because toxic materials seep into our soil and groundwater.

SOT: "The toxic materials, a number of materials -- most well known is mercury, lead in large quantities ..."

Voice over 2: Stores like Escrap pay businesses for used electronics. It won't pay consumers for their personal stash, but other places will. National retailers like Brandsmart and Best Buy price used technology and issue a store gift card for the value. So will some Staples, Radio Shacks, and Office Depots.

Voice over 3: You can also trade your old technology for cash back on Web sites like Second Rotation.

Voice over 4: A tax receipt for your electronics donation may be worth more to you than cash. Earth911.org offers a list organizations that 'e-cycle' items for charitable causes.

Standup: As with anything, before you part with your stuff, shop around to see who's offering the best deal. If the technology isn't all that old, don't forget eBay, Craigslist or even a yard sale. For Bankrate.com, I'm Kristin Arnold.

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-- Posted: Oct. 15, 2008
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