(b.) Safe e-Waste Disposal. Make a list of all of the electronic devices you own that you use for communication. Use the Web to try to find out if there is a take-back program sponsored by the manufacturer of each device. Paste or link to the relevant details. If no take-back program exists (or you can't find one) figure out some realistic way to safely dispose of each remaining device that does not involve the device occupying landfill space. For instance, find an electronics recycler and list the charges for recycling each device. You may have to mail it to them or drive a long way. Donating it to most generic drop-off charities like Goodwill will not work unless you can be certain the device can be recycled, re-used or re-sold by them -- many donated electronics are thrown away. To receive full credit, you must show your work! Be sure to include specific details for each device that demonstrates that your solution will not lead to landfill or incineration. Refer to details about these alternatives from the Slade reading.
The first electronic equipment that I tried to dispose of was my laptop. After researching safe ways to dispose of them, I discovered an organization strictly specializing on this subject. The organization is named Newtech Recycling. It is a government licensed Computer Disposal Company. I actually found out that the unauthorized disposal of laptops is illegal, which I never thought about. One of their main concerns at the Newtech Recycling is that the data on your hard drives are eliminated. What’s great about this program is the availability of the pick up of the laptops. They can either pick up the laptops personally with their large pick-ups, or they team up with fed-ex. They have a direct link on their website to coordinate pickups to our easiest convenience.
In the recycling center, each component of the laptop is removed from its original position and sorted out in its own classification. This is where they either send the parts to be reshaped and reused or melted down to create more necessary uses of these valuable products. Every other electronic device that I use could also be sent to Newtech recycling including televisions, printer or copiers, and cell phones.
The recycling of electronic equipment is extremely simple and easy to do. Nobody should have the excuse not to log on to this website, and either fed-ex, or coordinate for their personal pick-up trucks to come and pick them up.
"Newtech Recycling Specializes in Computer Disposal, Laptop Disposal, Desktop Disposal Mainframe Disposal and Server Disposal." Newtech Recycling Disposal and Recycling of Computers Printers Photocopiers PC's Monitors. Web. 22 Oct. 2009. .