How to Reuse Electronics in Your Home
If you're technically inclined, you may be able to reuse your electronic devices. If you have a computer with a bad or missing part, you can use parts from an old computer to repair it. Also, old computer peripherals such as monitors, printers and scanners may be reused with a new computer. You can take parts out of devices such as DVD players, VCRs and televisions to repair a similar device. It's a good idea to get a book on repair techniques and safety before you get started. Remember that devices such as computer monitors and power supplies and televisions can be dangerous when opened. Always educate yourself and take proper precautions before attempting repair on any electronic device.
Whatever you do, never put your electronic devices out to the curb. At the very least, you could probably find someone on a website such as Craigslist or Freecycle who is willing to take your electronics for free. Always consider your own safety, the safety of others and the welfare of the planet before you dispose of your unwanted electronics.
"Where Can I Donate or Recycle My Old Computer and Other Electronic Products?" http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
Solly Granatstein, "Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste." http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/06/60minutes/main4579229.shtml