By Fredrica Syren
As technology is progressing quickly, e-waste is piling up in our offices and homes, or worse, in our landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 200 million pieces of computer-related e-waste are being generated annually. Yet, only 18 percent is being recycled, which leaves over 150 million pieces of equipment in our landfills each year.
Think about it: what really happens to all the cell phones, computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices we get rid of when they break or we upgrade? Many times, we just throw them out, then they are sent to a landfill. Electronics contain toxic heavy metal components like lead, cadmium, beryllium, and mercury that can pollute the environment; but they also contain valuable metals like gold, silver and copper. E-waste (electrical and electronic equipment) accounts for 70% of toxic garbage overall.Instead of leaving it in our landfills, Do Your Part to get those metals disposed of safely or recycled into the next generation of electronics. It’s cost-effective for the manufacturer and the customer. And, it’s easy.
Since 2004, Dell and Microsoft have partnered with Goodwill to recycle all brands of computers and entertainment products. This partnering system has reaped numerous benefits, such as providing green jobs for Goodwill employees in collection and disassembly, and diverting significant amounts of E-waste from landfills. Items are reused, refurbished or recycled, depending on their condition.
Now you can drop off your unwanted computer equipment of any brand in any condition, at over 2,600 participating Goodwill® locations. Dell has partnered with Goodwill to create Dell Reconnect, a program that resells or responsibly recycles old technology while helping Goodwill put people back to work.
To find out where you can take your E-waste to get it recycled, go here:
To see a video about Dell’s work to help recycle E-waste, go here: