Your options include:
- For a small fee, we’ll pick up your computer, clean the data (and provide a back-up copy, upon request) and take the computer and peripherals to a local electronics recycling center.
- Impact Thrift Shop, with locations in Bucks and Montgomery counties, accepts newer electronics for sale and donates the profits to charity.
- The National Cristina Foundation provides computer technology to people with disabilities, students at risk, and economically disadvantaged persons.
More Enviroment Friendly Tips
The following information is excerpted from Dell Computer’s website, www.dell.com.
Buy a computer that grows with you. Learning how to buy the right system for your specific needs is the first crucial step in making sure your computer will be growing with you for many years to come. Shop smartly and you can maximize the work (and play) you’ll accomplish with your computer.
Energy Star compliant computers and monitors have been designed to reduce energy use when idle. Dell packaging designers work continuously to reduce the packaging material burden on customers and the environment without any sacrifice to product safety, reliability or quality.
Turn it off. Computers are designed so that frequent shut downs will not significantly affect them. In fact turning off a system saves energy and may prolong the life of your computer. Remember to always turn off your monitor at night and when not in use. Even if you have power management enabled for your monitor, leaving a monitor on all night uses significant electricity. If you need to leave your computer running for the day, get into the habit of turning off your monitor when you are in meetings or at lunch.
Enable power management. Look for power management features on your desktop or notebook to minimize energy use. These features enable the computer to go into low-power mode when not in use, which can save a significant amount of energy.
Skip the screen saver. Active, moving screen savers don’t save any energy. Screen savers were initially designed to save the phosphorescent coating inside monochrome monitors – but this type of monitor is rarely used today.
Be a smart printer. You can also reduce the environmental effects of printing with your computer. Consider editing documents on your computer and using the clean side of used paper for printing drafts.
You can also purchase environmentally friendly printers, toner cartridges and paper.