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One Resolution Many Will Thank You For Making

If you're trying to think of New Year's resolutions, here's one brought to you courtesy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency:  Either donate or "E-cycle" your old electronics.  According to the USEPA, "donating working electronics and game boxes saves valuable resources by extending the life of the products.  Working electronics can be donated to community groups, local schools, and nonprofit organizations. I f you can, include original software and licensing information with the donated equipment. Be sure to erase personal data before donating them.

If you can't donate, then try recycling.  Broken electronics and computers too outdated to donate can be recycled.  Computer monitors and older television picture tubes can pollute the environment if not recycled or disposed of properly.  Check with your product's manufacturer to see if they will take back or trade in your product for recycling - - many manufacturers do including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Toshiba and Sony.  See if your retailer has an in-store collection program or if they are hosting an electronics collection event.  Cingular, Best Buy, and Staples offer ongoing in-store collection of used cell phones, and Best Buy and Staples sometimes host collection events.  Local governments often collect electronics as part of their household hazardous waste management program."

In this world of instant tech and new gadgets, avoid throwing your old ones into the trash. 

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, December 31, 2006

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