Proper disposal of old electronic equipment

Frank Gruber of SomewhatFrank.com posted a neat video made by GOOD Magazine to his blog. The video’s enclosed below, and you can also view it directly on YouTube. It documents first hand just how electronic waste is “recycled” in countries like China or India. Besides unmitigated pollution to the air, ground and water, the workers themselves are exposed to serious damage from working at those places.

Please don’t contribute to the problem. Do the right thing. Recycle your electronic waste (old computers, stereos, iPods, printers, etc.) the right way by sending them to companies that will do it right here in the US, in environmentally-safe ways. The major computer manufacturers will either recycle them for free nowadays, or allow you to pre-purchase a shipping label so you can send the computer back to them at the end of its useful lifespan. The average cost to recycle a computer in the US is $30. That’s a small price to pay to ensure that you’re not causing even more damage to the environment that feeds you and keeps you alive.


2 thoughts on “Proper disposal of old electronic equipment

  1. Don’t forget to check with your local city environmental services department (or waste services, or whatever name they use for trash department these days). Many cities are gathering lists of local resources for electronics recycling. The city where I live charges something like fifteen cents a pound and then ten bucks for a monitor or TV. People did grumble about the charge until the city pointed out that they don’t make a profit on this and that they’ve followed the trail to ensure that all parts are recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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