Cords can contain highly recyclable metals such as copper or aluminum. The insulating layers made of plastic or rubber around the wires are not recyclable.
If the cord is still in working order, try donating to local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs or a friend or family member.
If donating them is not an option, take old and/or damaged cords to an e-waste facility, such as the OC Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers, which are free to County residents. Some electronic retail stores have e-waste recycling programs in place. It’s a good idea to give the store a call to check and learn more.
For more great information about recycling power cords and extension cords, you can visit Earth911.
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