Battling E-Waste

Chicago Sun-Times

Roseville, California is where computers go to die a green death.

Inside Hewlett-Packard Co.'s cavernous recycling plant in the Sacramento suburbs, truckloads of obsolete PCs, servers and printers collected from consumers and businesses nationwide are cracked open by goggled workers who pull out batteries, circuit boards and other potentially hazardous components.

The electronic carcasses are fed into a massive machine that noisily shreds them into tiny pieces and mechanically sorts the fragments into piles of steel, aluminum, plastic and precious metals. Those scraps are sent to smelting plants where they are melted down for reuse.

The computer industry is ramping up its campaign against electronic waste, a dangerous byproduct of technology's relentless expansion. HP and Dell Inc., which together sell more than half the country's PCs, are earning praise from environmentalists for using more eco-friendly components and recycling their products when consumers discard them.

E-Waste Recycling with Air Cycle

Electronic waste is growing more common everyday, as new technology replaces outdated devices. But many older electronics contain hazardous materials that need to be recycled to stay compliant with regulations and protect the environment.

Recycling large quantities of e-waste is efficient and simple with an Air Cycle Bulk Pickup, while the EasyPak™ Electronics Recycling Container is great for small quanties. Learn more » Air Cycle e-waste recycling

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