Tips and Tactics

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2010. How can you do your part to contribute? One easy way: recycle your old PC and electronic equipment.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing waste problems. As much as 50 million metric tons of e-waste is generated annually, as people upgrade laptops and PCs and throw out old models. Statistics show that in the US, people discard 30 million computers each year, while100 million phones are thrown out each year in Europe.

Thankfully, there are a number of resources you can turn to for help on how to recycle your electronics, in order to do your part and make sure that the technology-centered world we live in leaves a less harmful impact on our surroundings.

Here are a few:

  • My Green Electronics, a site provided by the Consumer Electronics Association, is a resource for consumers looking to purchase green electronics, or searching for opportunities to recycle or donate used electronics.

  • Earth911.com is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products’ end of life for both businesses and consumers; it offers community-specific information on donating or recycling your unwanted electronics.

  • The Electronics TakeBack Coalition promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry. Check its site for a guide to recycling your electronics.

For more information on responsible electronics recycling, and to see what happens to old equipment that is not reused, read Network World’s recent article.

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