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 user 2009-05-19 at 12:38:03 pm Views: 373
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    Just how much tech junk is getting recycled?
    year, Office Depot recycled almost 1.5 million pounds of old tech
    equipment through its service for consumers, the company said
    Wednesday.That sounds like a lot. It makes you realize how quickly all
    those landfills must be filling up since that figure represents only
    the junk from people who 1) actually bother to recycle, and 2) chose to
    go with Office Depot’s recycling program.For a comparison, I decided to
    check how other company-sponsored recycling programs are doing.
    Unfortunately, as sustainability expert Kevin Wilhelm told CNET, there
    is yet to be a standard way for companies to calculate such statistics.
    What’s included in recycling statistics varies from company to company,
    but the data I dug up offers a rough idea of what’s going on in this
    arena.Staples, an Office Depot competitor, began offering an in-store
    recycling service in May 2007. It charges $10 per large item regardless
    of where you originally bought it; recycles small items like keyboards,
    mice, and speakers for free; and offers $3 in Staples rewards for
    Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark or Dell brand printer cartridges.By the end of
    the 2007, Staples had recycled 2 million pounds of tech junk, including
    almost 24 million printer cartridges in the U.S., according to the
    company’s 2007 sustainability report.

    What about the computer manufacturers themselves?
    has had a recycling program since 1987 and in January 2009 launched a
    new program that offers money for old tech equipment. As of June 2007,
    the company had recycled more than 1 billion pounds of electronics and
    printer cartridges and expanded to include consumer programs in 50
    countries. HP’s new goal is to reach 2 billion pounds by the end of
    2010.Unlike Office Depot, which asks customers for pay $5, $10, or $15
    for a box they can fill with everything from printers to digital
    cameras, HP offers credit that can be put toward the purchase of an HP

    Apple has consumer recycling programs in 95 percent of
    the countries where it sells its computers. In 2007, it collected about
    “21 million pounds of e-waste,” according to the company’s 2008
    environmental report.

    Dell offers consumer recycling programs
    worldwide. In the U.S., it’s free. Between 2006 and 2008, Dell recycled
    about 255 million pounds of its own products. Its goal is to recover
    about 275 million pounds by the end of 2009, according to its 2008
    Global Corporate Responsibility Report.

    Big Blue seems to have recycled the most, or at least calculated the most.
    1995 (when it began keeping track) and the end of 2007, IBM “collected
    and recovered (resold, refurbished, or recycled)” more than 1.5 billion
    pounds of product and product waste worldwide, according to the
    company’s latest corporate sustainability report.

    In the U.S., IBM offers consumer recycling programs on a state-by-state basis.
    recycling tech equipment is definitely a positive way to do your part
    for the environment, it’s also important to keep your computer
    information secure. Always remember to properly wipe computers clean of
    your personal information before giving away or recycling them.
    Coincidentally, CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt did a piece on wiping hard
    drives clean earlier this week.