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Electronic Device Sustainability

According to a recent report by the Consumer Electronics Association, the average American household uses about 28 electronic products per day. These products are made from materials such as metals, plastics, and glass which all require energy from natural resources to manufacture. Did you know that recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to that needed for over 3,000 homes? In order to conserve natural resources, society must decrease waste by recycling and disposing of products in a manner that is helpful to our environment and not harmful. Today, let's look at some of the EPA's guidelines for sustainable electronic device management.

Reusing and donating electronics: Preventing waste in the first place is preferable to any waste management option, including recycling. Donating used (but still operating) electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products and keeps them out of the waste stream for a longer period of time.

Recycling electronics: If donation for reuse or repair is not a viable option, households and businesses can send their used electronics for recycling.

Buying green: Environmentally responsible electronics use involves not only proper end-of-life disposition of obsolete equipment, but also purchasing new equipment that has been designed with environmentally preferable attributes.

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