REUSING TRUMPS RECYCLING
it comes to computers (as well as TV's and many other appliances)
while recycling is always a better option than simply throwing
it away, did you know that there is an even more environmentally-friendly
way to get rid of that old box of junk? What could possibly
be better than recycling, you say? Try REUSING it.
from the United Nations University in Tokyo have discovered that
most of the energy consumption that takes place during the life
cycle of a computer occurs during its production, approximately
75 percent. This means that producing new computers, even
from recycled materials, uses a lot of energy. A
much better option for your old computer would be to donate it
to an organization that refurbishes used computers, such as Computer
Aid (www.computeraid.org). By donating a computer to be
reused, you can help to save energy that would have otherwise
gone into producing a completely new one.
better! Many organizations like Computer Aid are non-profits
that take the refurbished computers and distribute them to people
in the developing world who can't afford the "latest and
greatest" technology on the market. According to Computer
Aid, "The majority of these have gone to schools and community
organizations in sub-Saharan Africa."
So the next
time you have an old computer lying around your home or office,
please consider donating it. You'll be helping the environment
and those less fortunate.
If you've tried
and simply cannot find a new home for your old computer, please
bring it to the Chatham Transfer Station for recycling.
There is a $15 fee for monitors only (due to the cathode
ray tube) but no fee for other components, including laptops.
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