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How do you handle your e-Waste?

Earth Day was celebrated over the weekend and beyond the fun outdoor festivals, it's a good time to think about how you contribute to a cleaner planet. Cloud-computing has chimed in on this conversation and is proud of their efforts toward cleaner, greener technology. But we all still deal with hardware in our daily use of technology and perhaps some of us have an expired laptop, printer, server, monitor or even all of the above sitting in a closet or garage or the corner of your cube. What are the options to deal with disposal in an environment-friendly manner? I followed some Earth Day bloggers and found some helpful suggestios:

What is E-waste?  Discarded electronic products. Most contain Lead, cadmium, mercury, and other toxic materials which can contiminate the environment when not disposed of correctly.

What are my resources for disposal? The Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) has a listing of organizations that accept donations of working electronic products. Retails outlets such as Best Buy and Office Depot offer recycling options. Manufacturers such as HP and Dell offer recycling of old products when new products are purchased. Earth 911 has a database for electronics recycling. offeres businesses a system for recycling flourescent bulbs, CFLs, ballasts, batteries, and electronics along with a way to track recycling efforts. There are also many charitable organizations that coordinate recycling efforts in local communities.

There is good data toward a positive trend and electronic manufacturers are posting positive statistics on their recycling efforts, but let's don't rest on that. Increased efforts are needed. Innovation and awareness will be needed to make a difference. Let's make Earth Day every day.

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