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By Russell Morgan


Recycle with a manufacturer: Most computer manufacturers recognize that disposal of old equipment is a problem for both their customers and the environment, and many have implemented computer recycling programs to help consumers and business people safely dispose of unwanted PCs. HP has a good program in place, and others may have something similar. In HP’s case, they’ve recycled more than 750 million pounds of hardware and print cartridges globally. And that’s not just their own equipment. They’ll take anyone’s equipment in trade for new HP gear; it’s a credit against the purchase price based on what you are trading in. You can find out more about HP’s program at http://www.hp.com/united-states/tradein/home_flash.html. Check with a local solution provider for the features you should get on your replacement equipment.

A growing trend

Environmentally friendly and sustainable initiatives are becoming more prevalent in the technology space, just as they are in other aspects of business and private life. People are growing familiar with the energy efficient Energy Star seal of approval on many computers, appliances and even homes, and green building is increasingly popular. Similar to the Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program for green buildings, a new system has been developed to evaluate, certify and register green desktop computers, notebooks and monitors. The program initiated by Green Electronics Council is called Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) and rates products according to three tiers of environmental performance: gold, silver or bronze.

EPEAT helps electronics purchasers evaluate products by providing a clear and consistent set of performance criteria as relates to environmentally friendly features. This program also provides manufacturers increased opportunities for recognition of efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their products. EPEAT’s Web site will soon have a searchable registry of EPEAT certified products enabling small business owners and consumers alike to make informed decisions about electronics purchases. You can learn more at EPEAT.

As always, your solution provider partner has probably already helped other customers in your area dispose of older equipment, and they are a good source of information about local resources and the manufacturer programs that they support.


Russell Morgan is the president of the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance
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