The deluge of obsolete computers and other electronic equipment will only get bigger. The Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, West Virginia University and other sponsors have put up an electronics recycling portal site. Resources include a directory of recycling companies, links to state initiatives, message forums, news, and a calendar of events. Find out more at http://www.electronicsrecycling.com

Cell phone users. Here's info you might find useful... The "Donate-a-Phone" campaign was launched in September 1999 to collect and refurbish a portion of the 24 million wireless phones no longer being used. The phones are reprogrammed with 9-1-1 and other emergency numbers so domestic violence victims can access emergency services and hotline numbers at the touch of a button. This is a way to help victims of domestic violence by donating your old wireless phones. The web site is http://www.wirelessfoundation.org/

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1. Stop thinking of your old computer as "junk." Most people mistakenly assume that just because they have outgrown a computer, it is worthless. The reality is that thousands of schools, community-based organizations and other groups can get much good use out of your old computer. Even if it is no longer satisfactory for you, your computer may still do a world of good to others.

2. Keep in mind that your computer is no friend of the environment. Though the PC industry is thought of by most people as "green," the reality is that the industry does a lot of polluting. Computers contain hundreds of harmful and even toxic metals, acids and plastics. If you care about the environment, you need to think about proper disposal of your computer.

3. Encourage computer manufacturers to adopt take-back programs. The most effective way to minimize PC pollution is if it is easy for consumers to send their computers back to the factory for state-of-the-art recycling.

4. Dispose with great caution. Unless you know what you are doing, don't crack open your computer on your own. In addition to the hazardous materials they contain, computers carry an electrical charge in their power supply long after being unplugged. Tampering with such devices can cause serious injury due to electric shock.


Find a home for your computer with a national nonprofit group. Go to: http://schooltechsupply.com/buy-backs.htm
For Eugene, Oregon, contact Next Step Recycling at: http://www.nextsteprecycling.org
For Portland, Oregon, contact Free Geek at: http://www.freegeek.org

Off the Web, you can look up "Recycling Services" in your local Yellow Pages. In many communities, you will find listings for computer recycling services.




The following addresses may be helpful in identifying options for dealing with old computers through the manufacturer:.
DELL - http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/dell-environment-recycling.aspx
HP - http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/environment/product-recycling.html
GATEWAY - http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/recycling-pc

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