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Prevent E-Waste from Hurting the Planet by Recycling Electronic Devices

written by: Daphne Bumbrey•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 11/12/2009

A guide to recycling electronic devices and how to prevent eWaste from contaminating the environment. Programs from the EPA and Apple are also listed that can help you recycle your old cell phone, computer, or iPod without harming the planet.

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    Why eWaste is a Problem and How You Can Help

    Like most people, including myself, you’re probably wondering what you could better do to help prevent e-waste. With the many sources of information surrounding recycling bombarding you everywhere you turn, it may be difficult to find the right answers. But here is some information to help you understand E-Waste a little bit better.

    E-Waste is any un-recycled electronic device that isn’t treated properly for disposal. What this means is that electronic waste needs to be disposed of properly or it can become a source of major toxins that is harmful to our environment. E-Waste consists of any electronic devices that are simply unwanted. These electronic devices could be computers and monitors that cannot be reused due to a defect of the device or that the devices have become obsolete. Also, these electronic devices aren’t limited to computers and monitors; it can consist of cell phones and any entertainment equipment.

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    Recycling Electronics to Help Keep the Environment Clean

    Recycling these electronic devices and understanding exactly how to go about doing it successfully may seem confusing. To better understand where to get the answers is simple. There are several sites that can help. Listed below are two that may get you started on the path to prevent eWaste getting into the environment.

    The EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) website has information on what they do, their resources, and how you can involved. This site may shed some light on EPA’s research and education efforts toward finding better ways to help society have a cleaner environment.

    The Apple Recycling Program, which is a part of Apple, Inc., has a purchasing program that allows the buyer to receive free recycling of their old electronic devices when the purchase of one of their computers is made. The old electronic devices don’t have to be Apple computers, they can be from one of their competitors as well. Like Apple, many computer suppliers are getting on board with going green to protect our environment. It only takes a few moments online to find numerous places that offer recycling free or at minimum cost. It’s up to you.