August 13, 2009 10:28
I recently learned about a great resource for those interested in recycling electronics--computers, TVs, audio equipment, etc. I highly recommend checking it out. It was published by PCMag.com. (Click here
to access the site.) The Electronics Recycling Superguide details a range of ways you can recycle properly--through maufacturers, local electronics stores, and on the Web.
Electronics waste is a huge problem in the United States. The EPA estimates that the number of obsolete consumer electronics sold between 1980 and 2007 is 235 million--a total weight of 2.25 million tons. Where are the 235 million units now? Eighteen percent of the products were collected for recycling; the rest are, unfortunately, sitting in landfills.
Hotels generate a huge amount of waste in the form of outdated televisions, as well as computer equipment. The PCMag.com article suggests that one should consider donating items before considering recycling--possibly to a local school, church or other organization. A great idea. You should also ask vendors you are purchasing new equipment from if they accept used items for recycling--even if they are from another manufacturer--or if they have a take-back program for the newly purchased items once they are no longer useable. Do business with those vendors who support your efforts to recycle.
Don't ever just throw away TVs, computers, and other electronics. They include toxic metals and are a danger to our environment. Sending the items to a landfill is the easy thing to do but not responsible at all. (See article in Green Lodging News
for additional information.)