Happy Birthday, Mother Nature! Today’s Earth Day and what better way to celebrate than recycling those old desktop computers and printers gathering dust in your workplace’s basement? Recycling one million desktop computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of 16,000 passenger cars.
So, why is it important to recycle electronic equipment? “The answer is quite simple,” says Cathi Coan, president of Techway Services. “Recycling is the best way to dispose of electronics! Electronics contain reusable and valuable raw materials. However, if improperly disposed of or illegally dumped, electronics can pose a serious risk to the environment.”
YouRenew.com gives cash for your electronics, anything from laptops to gaming devices.
Best Buy’s trade-in program lets you exchange your gently-used electronics for in-store gift cards. Plus, Apple offers up to 10 percent off new iPods, if you bring in your old, broken ones to recycle.
Search for an electronics recycling center in your area. Also, Digital Green Tips offers a list of recycling programs, at companies like Dell, Canon and IBM.
Bonus PINK Link: Wondering how to get your business on board with sustainability? Here’s how.
By Muriel Vega
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it
from our children.” Native American Proverb
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