Saturday, May 23, 2009

Give the gift of technology!

Simply taking your computer to the nearest recycling center just doesn’t cut it anymore! Though well intentioned, your effort may be in vain. Most recycling centers simply disassemble the equipment ,shred it and melt it down for the precious metals and other raw materials the computers contain. ‘Recycling‘ in this manner consumes 20 times more energy than reuse.

Worse than that, some unscrupulous recycling companies sell the equipment to undeveloped countries as e-waste where it is recycled by poor workers in an unhealthy and environmentally unsafe manner. This is not only only harmful to the local inhabitants of these countries, who’s children play in the piles of hazardous waste, but for the environment as a whole.

Taking your computer to a refurbisher is a better option. Energy does not get wasted tearing down the old equipment and melting it down for the raw materials. There is also the benefit of one less computer that needs to be manufactured.

The benefits of refurbishing go beyond environmental consciousness though. Non-profits such as Computers for Charity will take your equipment at no cost to you and refurbish them to be distributed to disadvantaged families as well as other small charities who don’t have the disposable income to purchase new computer equipment.

So even if your not convinced that the environmental sky is falling, you can still feel good in donating to a non-profit refurbisher. You’ll know that the equipment that once served your needs will now be brand new to someone else and serving a good cause. It can save your company the cost of disposing your electronic waste through a commercial recycling agency. Also, you are eligible for a tax deduction for your donation to a non-profit refurbisher.

If you have a computer that is less than five years old, it can be put to good use by someone else. Even computers that are non-functioning can still yield valuable parts to repair other computers. We can recycle your old computer equipment at no cost to you and reduce the impact on the environment by refurbishing them and providing the gift of technology to disadvantaged families!

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