The holiday season is almost over and soon it will be time to take down the decorations and dispose of Christmas trees, packaging, wrapping and other items, including used or broken electronics.

If you're looking at getting rid of any old and/or broken electronics, try e-cycling. For those wore out strings of Christmas light or pre-lit trees consider recycling instead of just throwing them away.   If you received new electronics and would like to dispose of those old or broken items, consider these options:

--Check the electronic manufacturer’s website for mail-back options, or check your electronics store for take-back options.

--Consider repurposing items by adding memory or making upgrades to old devices.

--Donate used electronics to schools, nursing homes and other organizations that might need them for entertainment or training. Electronics manufacturers that sell products in Missouri usually have take-back programs in place. Check your local stores, libraries or electronic recyclers for recycling opportunities.

--After you've reused or donated unwanted electronic equipment, help reduce the remaining electronic waste from this holiday season by e-cycling your worn out computers, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, DVD players, gaming systems, TVs and other electronic items through e-cycle Missouri. An electronics recycler can remove potentially hazardous materials and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.

The Missouri Department Department of Natural Resources has an online list of Registered Electronics Recycling Businesses.

Other items you can consider recycling during the holidays include Christmas trees, wreaths and other decorative greenery. Boxes can be reused or recycled as well.

For more information on recycling in Missouri go to the website http://dnr.mo.gov/.

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