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    Easy Ways to Recycle Old PCs and Cell Phones--Really!
    Safely getting rid of all your dead or outdated technology: We show
    you how simple it can be.

    Michael S. Lasky, special to PC World
    Friday, April 22, 2005

    Every Monday when the household recycling truck comes, it's little
    bother for me to haul out my blue bin, where throughout the week I
    pitch unwanted paper, plastic, and glass. So why, then, is it so
    difficult for me to get rid of my old PC, my crappy three-year-old
    cell phone, and that Methuselah of a TV that I banished to the garage
    ten years ago?

    Recycling aged electronics always feels like a chore, especially when
    you're trying to do it with little or no expense of time and money.
    Now, EBay, the nation's leading forum for selling used goods, is
    working to ease your pain, through its Rethink Initiative.

    EBay Becomes ReBay

    The online auction giant spearheaded Rethink earlier this year to
    confront the growing problem of "e-waste." For instance, an amazing
    133,000 PCs are junked every day, according to industry analyst
    Gartner. Add to that the thousands of cell phones, printers, monitors,
    and other electronics, and you can see how the junk pile could
    overwhelm landfills.

    While the sheer bulk of e-waste is an ecological nightmare alone, it's
    the hazardous materials they contain that cause the most alarm:
    Plastics, lead, cadmium, chromium, and mercury are among the poisons
    that leech into the soil and eventually contaminate our water.

    Backed by Intel, Rethink coordinates the recycling programs of more
    than two dozen major computer manufacturers, retailers, and cell phone
    companies--as well as government agencies, environmental groups, and
    charities--and conveniently links to all of them on one site.
    Previously you had to dig deep on each company or organization's Web
    site just to find its recycling program--if there was one.

    Now the home page of the Rethink Initiative provides easy access to
    the wide array of responsible ways to dump your unwanted equipment. Of
    course, EBay would love for you to sell your unwanted stuff on its
    site, but the Rethink location also tells you about convenient local
    drop-off options, trade-in programs, and ways to donate to local

    The true gold at the end of this recycling rainbow is a list of links
    to technology companies' own recycling program pages, and referrals to
    local programs in your area where you can either drop off your
    equipment or arrange to have it picked up for free or for a small

    It took only a few weeks for Rethink to generate public response, EBay
    says. According to Stephani Regalia, senior manager of EBay Computers,
    "We've noticed a tremendous surge in visits to the site, particularly
    with the use of our online tools, such as our calculators that help
    determine the value of a desktop or notebook PC and the PC Selling
    Zone resell helper. Our partner, Earth911, had to install a larger
    server to handle the page requests that Rethink has generated."

    Prepare Old Gear for Its Next Life

    Working PCs can be sold or donated via the Rethink Initiative site.
    EBay even provides the instructions needed to safely delete all data
    on your PC's hard drive or from your cell phone so the next user can't
    discover your personal information. Also handy are lists of
    third-party sellers and of nonprofits that will take PCs and
    peripherals off your hands and refurbish them. For obsolete and
    outdated PCs, you can go to a list of responsible recyclers.

    And, realizing that most cellular phones are replaced every 18 months
    to two years, phone carriers now offer cash or service credits to
    customers who recycle their old phone instead of literally throwing it
    in the trash.

    I found the Rethink FAQs the most orderly way to find much of the
    information. It explains what e-waste is and then gives you
    follow-the-yellow-brick-road links to finding a recycler, drop-off
    centers, and so on.

    One of the easiest ways to solve the problem is to find someone else
    who wants your item. From Rethink discussion groups, I discovered a
    nifty site called FreeBee, where at no charge you can list an item you
    want to give away as long as the recipient picks it up. Another
    grassroots site set up to facilitate reuse and recycling of products
    is FreeCycle, where it's easy to list anything you want to get rid
    of--PC, barstool--and a recipient can arrange to come get it. The same
    goes for Craigslist, which, in addition to its popular job, apartment,
    and used-car listings, also accepts free postings for anything you
    want to be rid of.

    Recycling Is Closer Than You Think

    I also discovered that the people who pick up my newspapers and
    bottles every week will also pick up unwanted appliances--large and
    small--twice a year. All I have to do is call to arrange the pick-up.
    Most metropolitan areas with recycling programs offer a variation of
    this as well. Just ask.

    And typing "computer recycling centers" in any search engine will
    yield pages of national and local companies and organizations willing
    to take what might be otherwise headed to the garbage dump. So on this
    35th anniversary of Earth Day, there are no excuses. Recycle away!,00.asp

    "Until last October, Christ had a very limited involvement in my life. I believed in God; I just never had to prove I believed. Belief is an absence of proof."
    -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling

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    And here is a place offering a certificate if you recycle your cell

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    jamison wrote:
    > And here is a place offering a certificate if you recycle your cell
    > phone:

    I wonder if they'll frame it, for an additional fee, of course! <g>


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    Re: Easy Ways to Recycle Old PCs and Cell Phones--Really!

    >> And here is a place offering a certificate if you recycle your cell
    >> phone:

    >I wonder if they'll frame it, for an additional fee, of course! <g>

    There is a good article about recycling at:


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