In 2005, 2 million tons of electronic waste were landfilled in the United States. "Technotrash" or "electronic waste" is the fastest growing part of our solid waste stream. Technotrash contains lots of toxic materials that can easily end up in our ground water (and aren't good for fish either).
The manufacture of an average desktop PC and monitor requires around 1.8 tons of raw material, including at least 240 kilograms of fossil fuels, 22 kilograms of chemicals and 2,500 kilograms of water. The weight of these components is about the same as an average car.
As the saying goes, "one man's junk is another man's treasure." In this case, your old computer can be the educational treasure for a student. Donate your old computers to organizations such as Computers for Schools -- not only will you be protecting the environment, but you will also be providing for under-funded schools and young minds.
TIP ON ACHIEVING CRITERIA:
- Contact a credible organization that recycles the computer or electronic equipment you want to recycle (see resources). Make sure they give you a receipt and a document stating the responsible reuse or recycling procedures of company/organization.
- Check with your Property Manager, many host electronic waste drives or collect it throughout the year for recycling.