Saturday, June 11, 2011

Electronic Waste

-- Quote of the Day --

"Optimism is essential to achievement 
and it is also the foundation of courage
and true progress." 

~ Lloyd Alexander

-- Positive Eco-News --

Kudos to Frontier PC, Nitro IT Business Solutions, Tripp Lite, TechnoPlanet, and Telecom Computer - and all the amazing volunteers!  Because of their efforts, several “My Green IT Day” events were held across Canada throughout April this year where over 4 tons of e-waste were collected and then recycled.

E-waste is a growing concern with the constant upgrades, more efficient equipment and ton of hand held devices now available that are replacing old electronic equipment. In fact studies show that there are about 50 million tons of e-waste discarded on this planet every single year. This consumes a huge amount of space in the landfill and releases all kinds of toxic materials into the environment if they not recycled responsibly.

Many electronic items, such as rechargeable toothbrushes, have batteries in them and they must be removed for proper recycling. Be sure to read the manuals of the equipment you are replacing to see if it has any batteries – these are usually easy to remove by the consumer.

Electronic items do not have to be in working order, or even in one piece, in order to recycle them. And it is really important that we do so. The indiscriminate disposal of these items is responsible for serous health and pollution issues from materials like cadmium, beryllium, brominated flame retardants, lead and mercury – among others.

Here’s a resource you might want to check out for more information on e-waste on a global scale:

And for those of you who have a few minutes extra, I’d like to recommend an few e-waste related episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show… just click on the hyperlinks below to access any you want to listen to:

Positive Eco-News:

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Recycling Electronic Waste:

Green E-publishing Technology:

Experience Project Org:

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