Tech Recycling

Who are you buying from and how much do they actually recycle? An article in CNET gives some details on the recycling of the big companies but the problem is there is no standard way for companies to calculate such statistics, you are reading their individual companies’ corporate reports, and so much of the stats rely on the consumers actually bringing in items to recycle. But here is what CNET article offers:  Office Depot says they recycled almost 1.5 million pounds of old tech equipment in a year but asks customers to pay $5, $10, or $15 for a box they can fill with everything from printers to digital cameras. Staples started recycling in May 2007 and by the end of the year they say they have recycled 2 million pounds of tech junk. They charge $10 per large item regardless of where you originally bought it. Hewlett-Packard has had a recycling program since 1987 and offers money towards new purchases for recycling.  As of June 2007, they state they have recycled more than 1 billion pounds of electronics with a  goal to reach 2 billion pounds by the end of 2010. In 2007, Apple collected about 21 million pounds of e-waste in 95% of countries where it sells products. Dell offers free consumer recycling and in 2 years announced they had recycled about 255 million pounds of its own products.  IBM says it has collected and recovered from 1995 -2007  more than 1.5 billion pounds of product and product waste worldwide.

if you are thinking about recycling your computer, here is an article on How to wipe your hard drive clean before you drop it off, wherever you choose.

Greening IT Article … and more

Worth a read if you want to learn more about the concept of greening your information technology area of the library. It covers video teleconference, virtualization, recycling, energy efficiency, and other ideas.

Naditz, Alan. (2008) Green IT 101: Technology Helps Businesses and Colleges Become Enviro-Friendly Sustainability, 1( 5 ), 315-318. DOI: 10.1089/SUS.2008.9931

Note – the article was published in the Sustainability: The  Journal of Record, from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. who also publishes Environmenal Justice,  and Ecopsychology, a new journal as of 2009.

IBM Going Green

You probably have seen the TV ads from IBM about their green initiatives and you can learn more by checking out their Web site. They state that they are working on making existing and new services, products, and practices more efficient for both business and having a lesser environmental impact through being environmental leaders in business. They offer news and information about what they are doing especially in the Big Green Innovations area, as well as, ideas for energy efficient IT for all sizes and types of business and strategies for “greener” solutions. You can select on the drop down menu on the right side of this page, the industry ecosystem (for libraries probably government) and get a portal of information related to that industry.  Worth perusing their site if you are interested in what IBM is doing to be more “green.”

Webinar May 1: Implementing a Green IT Program

Webinar: Implementing a Green IT Program
(sponsored by Green IT Tools and Strategic Sustainability Consulting)

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: wherever you are (in front of a computer)!
Cost: $50
Who should attend: IT directors, IT professionals and sustainability managers

Learning Objectives:

  • A five-step process for implementing a Green IT program
  • Areas of opportunity and impact for Green IT
  • Using the Green IT Toolkit to assess your organization’s IT impact
  • Where to find resources to help you get started

Register and More Info

Green Printing

GreenPrint World – a new, free application  (for windows users) detects and highlights unwanted content before printing such as banner ads on a Web page, images that tends to spill over onto extra pages, etc. It also allows users to delete images they dont want to print, and create quick PDF files for easy printing.

GreenPrint World estimates regular users of this application will eliminate over 1400 pages a year and save $90! And it will spare 100 million trees from being chopped down and 300 million tons of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere. 

Download the free application here.

Check out

I recently discovered a new website/blog called Inhabitat. It’s all about smarter and more sustainable home (or office/library!) designs, innovations in technology, and environmentally friendly practices and building materials. Recent examples include Solar Bag that Charges Laptops , a Global Energy-Efficient Power Adapter and even a
Laptop made from corn!

Be sure to check out their Guide Section for info and links to online/provider cell phone recycle programs, manufacturer take back programs, retails take back programs and other online resources.