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    Default Electronic waste

    As many of you know, electronic waste is a huge problem. I'm interested in hearing from the community what companies (reatailers or producers) are doing an effective and responsible job at tackling this problem.

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    What exactly is electronic waste?

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    Old computers, printers, cell phones, TVs, etc. Anything electronic that gets dumped at the end of its life cycle.

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    I know our local college make sure that they donate their old computers or sell them at a very cheap price so it doesn't end up in a storage room unused and rotting away while it could still be put to good use. They change like once every 2 years, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy_M View Post
    I know our local college make sure that they donate their old computers or sell them at a very cheap price so it doesn't end up in a storage room unused and rotting away while it could still be put to good use. They change like once every 2 years, I think.
    There are private companies that recycle electronic waste, but as the population and the economy grow, there are not nearly enough to keep up with the growing tons of electronic junk. Isn't it curious and sad that all the cars, trucks and planes have a place to go for recycling, but not TVs, typewriters, computers and cell phones? So, the landfills get them and turn more toxic? But if the population and its economy were NOT growing, the problems would be manageable.

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    Staples and best buy have great programs. Check out a list here.

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    Arrow Computer Electronics Recycler

    I work for a computer electronics recycling company in North Texas. We recycle all types of computer electronics including crt monitors, lead acid batteries, and much much more. We also dont just focus on recycling your out of use electronic goods, but we put an emphasis on data security. We offer hard drive destruction, server tape destruction, and other storage media destruction. If you are interested in learning more about what a green electronic scrap companie does exactly feel free to check out http://www.computercrusher.com for more information.

    We try and keep the planet green, the water blue, and your information safe.

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    used computers can be modified again.dunno about the companies but most of the people sale used computers in asia.and people bought them again and recycle them for there use like monitors for tv's and upgrade the cpu for there own use.

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    We also refurbish items and repurpose items as well. One of our down stream recyclers was the leading CRT to TV conversion facility in the U.S. in which they were repurposed and sold overseas as televisions, but alot of that market has dried up and so CRT tubes are currently being recycled for lead in the United States.

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    used computers can be modified again.dunno about the companies but most of the people sale used computers in asia.and people bought them again and recycle them for there use like monitors for tv's and upgrade the cpu for there own use.
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    It's true Asia and the rest of the world has alot of use for refurbished PC's and other computer electronics equipment. It is touchy because many people feel the worst thing possible to do is send things overseas for recycling, because of the scare tactics on 60 minutes etc. The truth is that alot of what is sent overseas is intended for reuse, and thereby receives a "second life." It is through intense down stream monitoring that the true use of these items is varified and ensured. Some processing faclities for certain types of e-waste are only located outside the US as well.

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    We can reduce our waste.
    It's simple.
    We must buy only good products. Good brands, reliable.
    If we buy a TV set that last 15 years, instead of one that last 5 years, that means that our Tv set waste will be reduce by three.

    You know the TV set, the DVD, The camera, their is a trick.
    The sellers in the shops lie always. they say it's a good one, but in fact they want to sell what they have.
    But the people who repairs the TV sets or DVD or Camera or Hifi, the digital repair shop, this people they know which one id a good brand
    That you can easily repair, the good brand that will last long.

    And something else. The computers.
    Our laptops are not ecofriendly at all.
    You buy one after two year it is already slow. The technology after only two years is already out of date.
    That's a scandal.
    You have the keyboard, the screen but the cpu is finnished.
    You can't upgreat it. You must buy a new laptop.
    The screen the keyboard go in the garbage even if it's nearly new.

    Now i buy only a real computer in a metal rack. with a separate screen, i don't but a laptop anymore.
    My large classic computer, after two year i change the CPU. cost nothing compare to change my laptop.
    A classic computer you can upgreat it frequently for cheap.
    and you don't put in the garbage the whole computer, just a small part of it.
    and i keep my screen and my keyboad and other sound equipment or other appliances during 10 years.

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    First and foremost, almost all electronic devices can be 100% recycled and should NOT end up in the trash. Not even a small part of it. Simply throwing in a new processor isnt always a good option as well as many motherboards are only compatible with a minute number of processors. The simplest option to keeping your PC up and running fast and efficiently is keeping it up to date, having antivirus, and antispyware software. And should the computer eventually slow to a crawl, reload the operating system and your good as new.

    Buying quality products, and repairing products is the best route to slow down the need for electronics recycling however. If consumers demand the quality products, the producers will have to deliver. The problem is the modern consumer purchases electronics for the short term and replaces them frequently, so to meet the consumer demand they update their product lines rapidly and therefore have no real incentive for their products to last more than a few years.

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    i m overintelligent.
    i have been trained. overintelligent people taught me about the environment protection.
    people who like to help the humans.

    we must buy good quality products.
    Good brands.
    digital products that last 10 years.
    That's the most important.

    If you buy a cheap camera. and one year after, it's defect.That menas we buy produce another again, and another again, and another.
    we must produce 10 of this low quality product.
    while one good brand will last 10 years.

    a low quality product will require 10 times more row material as a good brand.
    because you need to buy 10 of this ugly defect items,
    while a good brand, last 10 years.


    The laptop, it's a scandal.
    after 2 years they are slow, and you can't do nothing about it.
    Don't buy laptops anymore.
    if you can, buy a normal computer, the classic one, in a metal box.
    when they start to be slow, you just change one part of it, and you can continue to use it.
    classic computers can be upgreated.
    laptop can't.

    then millions of people thorw their computers away after 3 years.
    a classic computer, we can use it 10 years.

    The laptops must not be disposables digital products.
    we should be able to upgreat them and use them 10 years.

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    Recycling our digital products is important.
    reducing the number of digital products that we buy is as much important.
    buying quality products that last 10years. that will reduce the quantity of our electronic waste

    our digital camera technology is good enough now. No need to upgreat that
    we buy one, we use it ten years.
    our MP3 are good enough also. we buy one we use it ten years.

    And the digital companies built so many not useful items.
    the mobile phone with internet.
    so many of this mobile phone don't work. internet is too slow. they just shouldn't produce this things.
    we don't need internet whule we are in the bus or while we bicycle.
    One computer at work and one computer in the house it’s largely enough.

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