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Get Rid of E-waste the Green Way

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:

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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