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Why Recycle Computers


According to the National Recycling Institute, 500 million computers became obsolete in 2007.  As of 2007, Massachusetts prohibits disposing computers into the trash it must now be responsibly recycled, often requiring a fee from either the town or a recycling center.  In his book Natural Capitalism, Paul Hawken writes when you discard a five-pound laptop you are also throwing away the 20,000 pounds of raw materials it took to make it. Besides benefiting from not having to pay for recycling a computer, donors who donate computer equipment can receive tax deduction receipt.

Used computers in a downsizing or uncertain economy can offer low cost alternatives to low income families or nonprofit organizations, such as schools, and bridging the digital divide.


  Click here if you want to recycle your computer, or laptop, and receive a tax-deduction receipt for it. Computer Recycling

Recycling for Charities

Recycling saves 95 percent of the energy required to make aluminum from ore.
If the recycling rate were to reach 80% at the current level of beverage container sales, nearly 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions would be avoided. This is equivalent to taking nearly 2.4 million cars off the road for a full year.

U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report
In 1972, 53 million pounds of aluminum were recycled. Today, we exceed that amount weekly.
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