Archive for Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Recycler to take electronic items

October 19, 2010


Extreme Recycling Inc. will recycle electronics for Lawrence residents and small businesses at an event hosted by the city of Lawrence’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division on Saturday in Free State High School’s north parking lot. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items accepted include computer monitors, desktop and laptop computers, televisions and other small electronics, which often have lead, mercury or other material that is not recommended for landfills. There is a $10 fee per computer monitor and $15 fee per television. Other electronics are free.


number3of5 7 years, 8 months ago

A case where some one is trying to make money twice from the same recycled items. He charges you to take the things and then probably ships them overseas for recycling and again makes even more money.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

Nope, from their website--

"We do not export overseas and don't do business with those that do in an effort to reduce child labor and toxic enviromental pollution."

Richard Heckler 7 years, 8 months ago

Another way to recycle: What's Greener: A Refurbed Laptop or a New One?

By Kiera Butler

My last laptop lived till the ripe old age of six, but toward the end of its life, it went downhill fast. It took its sweet time to complete even the simplest of tasks. I developed a nervous tic of saving my blog posts every two or three minutes, since I never knew when my browser would freeze or suddenly quit. And since its battery was only good for about five minutes, my laptop was basically a desktop with a tiny screen. I considered replacing it with a refurbished model, but in the end I was seduced by a brand new laptop that I figured could probably do more tricks than a used one. Besides, I had heard that newer models were actually better for the environment, since they used energy more efficiently than older models.

I'm not the only one who prefers shinily new over gently used. According to a survey by Resource Recycling, a company that publishes industry news for recycling businesses, consumer sales of refurbished electronics have dropped in recent years, since retailers are "flooding the consumer electronics market with new devices that are comparable in price to used goods, but are packed with more features." So are newer computers really a better deal than refurbished models in the long run? And which kind is better for the planet?

Environmentally speaking, refurbished computers are the clear winners. "An astonishing amount of resources go into making these products," says Barbara Kyle, the national coordinator of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition. According to a 2003 UN study (pdf), the manufacture of one desktop computer requires 48 pounds of chemicals, 1.7 tons of water, and 529 pounds of fossil fuels—about 10 times the weight of the computer itself. (By comparison, new refrigerators and cars require roughly their own weight in fossil fuels.) "The more we can reuse old products, the fewer new resources need to be extracted," says Kyle. And the less we add to the world's pile of e-waste, which is giant and growing bigger every day.

If you're getting rid of your old computer, make sure you do it responsibly. Chances are it can be fixed and sold or donated to someone else: The refurbishing company pays cash for used computers and gadgets. PC Rebuilders and Recyclers will sell your spiffed-up computer to a needy school or organization for about a third of the cost of new. Most manufacturers will take back your used electronics; the recycling information group Earth911 has a good guide to those programs, plus a list of organizations that accept donations of old computers, here. The EPA has more resources here.


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