Some states already mandate ewaste recycling, but only recently have big electronics makers made it easy for consumers to recycle their gear. In September, Dell began recycling programs for all of its products (www.dell.com/recycle).
—Charles Bethea, "Take my PowerBook, please," Wired Test, October 1, 2006
Broken computers often include components that can be reused, and also contain small amounts of copper, gold and other metals that can be extracted and recycled, said Larry Wiss of UH Information Technology Services.
"We've received numerous calls from people who know about piles of eWaste just sitting outside buildings where children are just playing around them, and they're filled with lead and bromide and different kinds of chemicals," he said. "So this is a chance to get that kind of waste off the islands to be recycled in an earth-friendly fashion."
—"Get rid of electronic junk today at UH," The Honolulu Advertiser, October 28, 2006
In fact, the federal government recognizes the harm of "ewaste" and has enacted laws forbidding large corporations from throwing away their computers. However, consumers have had few resources when it comes to recycling their old computers.
—"Taking on PC waste," Austin Business Journal, May 10, 2002
—Ted Smith, "E-waste not, e-want not," Seattle Weekly, December 23, 1999
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