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The Tech Waste problem

May 28th, 2009 1 comment

I was recently unpacking my plethora of boxes that have been in storage for the last year. About four of them contained nothing but empty CD jewel cases. Since I have no idea where I can possibly store them these days I decided to do a bit of research to see how I could ecologically dispose of them. After all I don’t want 30 lbs of plastic ending up in the already massive Great Pacific Garbage Patch that has been developing in the pacific for the last several decades.

To my dismay I found no place locally that could (or would?) recycle these things, not even in my very ecologically aware city.
What I did find was GreenDisk.
Green Disk logo
GreenDisk allows you to ship your tech waste to them and they will not only destroy sensitive data (as on CDs, DVDs, and hard drives) but will dispose of your tech waste in an ecologically friendly way (i.e. recycling).
You do have to pay them, but the fee is nominal. For up to 20 lbs of waste (including disks, DVDs, jewel cases, printer cartridges, cables, iPods, digital cameras, cell phones, etc) it is only $6.95 plus shipping. Since mine was all media the shipping of a 28 lb box was about $13 using the US Postal Service.
So $20 total and my conscience is clear.
For amounts over 30 lbs they have a different pricing system as well as special rates for large tech wasters (e.g. companies). They also take all forms of computers and computer related items like scanners and printers.
So yeah, if you can’t find local places to recycle your tech waste (because local is always better if you can get it), then please, for the love of all that’s green, go to these guys:-)