RecyclingRecycling is the reuse of materials that would otherwise be considered waste. Those materials can be sources from pre-consumer waste (materials used in manufacturing) or post-consumer waste (materials discarded by the consumer).
In theory, recycling would be a continuing reuse of materials for the same purpose, but in practice much recycling extends the useful life of a material, but in a less versatile form. For example, as paper is recycled, the fibers shorten, making it less useful for higher grade papers. Other materials can suffer from contamination, making them unsuitable for food packaging. That is not to say that recyling is a timewasting endeavour. Many goods are suitable for recycling, such as toner cartridges. In this area particularly, suppliers of the original cartridges are willing to take them back free of charge and refurbish them for use again.
Recycling is an important alternative to throwing rubbish away. Many manmade products are not easily biodegradeable and so take up space in rubbish pits, also known as landfills. For example, silly putty, a waste product of the process to create rubber, is one of the most resilent materials to biodegrading.
Of the 24 OECD-countries where figures were available only 16% of household waste was recycled in 2002. Several U.S. states, such as Oregon, have passed laws which establish deposits or refund values on beverage containers in order to promote recycling.
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Back thru the Future Micro Computers
Facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Northern NJ, and San Jose. Specializes in finding reuse for surplus desktop technology. Non reusable components are recycled in the best environmental practices available.
Full service computer recycling in south Florida. Offer pick up and recycling services to businesses, free drop off for the public, and also, donation of systems to qualified non-profit organizations.
Electronic Industries Alliance Consumer Education Initiative
Database of recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics throughout the U.S.
Company dedicated to recycling 100% of computers and components. Denver, Colorado.
CRT Recycling Inc.
A class A recycler for CRT's and have technicians on site certified for freon extraction. Advocates reuse and recycling above all.
Retech Asset Recovery Services
Retech Asset Recovery provides worldwide sales and marketing services for disposal of end of life computer assets.
Logical Reclaim (Europe) Ltd.
De-manufacturing, recycling, reclaimation and remarketing of all aspects of computer, electronic and telecommunication products throughout Europe.
Provides recycling and returns management for computer equipment and software disks for IT customers in Europe.
Share the Technology Computer Recycling
Offers a searchable National (U.S.) Computer Donation Database which helps connect donors and recipient nonprofit organizations.
Computer and Telecommunications Equipment Recycling
Links to companies, associations and publications related to the computer and telecommunications recycling industry in general.
ComputeRecycle - Computer recycle for businesses
Boston based company dedicated in helping companies of all sizes remove and recycle their old computers.
Keep It Green Computer Recycling
Located in Alexandria, Virginia. Includes services, collections, events, customers, and contact information.
Organization refurbishing and distributing used computers, based in Denver, Colorado, United States. News, testimonials, information for prospective donors and recipients.
Computer Recycling Center
Computer collection and donation programs, vocational training, and recycling center.
Re-marketing service for excess/obsolete material generated from the electronics industry.
Spacecom Computer Recycle
Free redundant computer disposal in England. Some equipment is donated to charities and 3rd world educational organisations.
Services include recycle of obsolete computers, and upgrade of used computers.
Carolina Computer Recycling
South Carolina DHEC compliant recycling solutions. Accepts all forms of electronics, including computers, monitors, printers, telephone equipment, televisions, VCR's, software, and storage media (floppies, and backup tapes).
Organization provides low income households with computers, career development, job development, training, and job placement referral.
Sussex company providing national coverage for issues relating to current Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive.
Second Byte Computers
Non-profit organization which recycles and refurbishes computers in Northern Lincolnshire.
Global Computer Recycling.com
Handles electronics and computer recycling.
Old Computer Central: Uses For Your Old PC
Discover unique ways to bring life to a secondary personal computer. Information on how to repurpose, recycle, donate and salvage PCs.
Provides services in hardware recycling, removal, disposals and safe data destruction.
A UK company offering a Europe wide computer hardware brokering, recycling and disposal service including secure data desctruction.
Recycling and disposal of old PC's for corporations to provide them to charities, schools, and employees. Full disposal and reporting services.
IT recycling and remarketing services.
Ink cartridge recycling service. Pays for old cartridges.
Computer disposal services and computer recycling center.