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E-wastes and Recyclable options

Electronic waste also referred to as e-waste or e-scrap generally consists of discarded, electrical or electronic devices due to their surplus, obsolete or broken condition. The e-wastes inevitably end up in land mines of developing and under developed countries to be dismantled under unsafe conditions. Due to the presence of harmful pollutants in E-wastes such as plastic, lead, cadmium, beryllium etc, their manner of disposal or even recycling is very important due to serious health and pollution risks. There have been several motivated programs that have been introduced by private companies and non-profit orgs to address this particular issue. Here are two that have surfaced recently:

1) The E-Waste Foundation:  Based in the Netherlands, the foundation helps lower the amount of toxic e-waste that ends up in Africa. It has conceived a method of letting companies pay a fee to ship end-of-life electronics from Africa to Europe, where it can be more safely dismantled. By working with other collection groups and close monitoring, the foundation guarantees that the electronics would reach verifiable and credible recyclers. The certified recyclers have to follow the criteria set by the E- waste foundation to ensure that environmentally safe standards are met. They also have to fully disclose their processing methods for transparency.

2) Costco’s Trade-In and Recycle Program : Costco has teamed up with Gazelle, an electronics trade-in company, to provide Costco members a trade-in and recycling program. Powered by, customers can exchange old electronic gadgets in return for a Costco cash card within ten days to be used at any Costco warehouse or at So you can literally turn your old electronics into your next week’s groceries and sleep better at night knowing that you did something good for the environment. For items that are not accepted through the program such as faxes, printers, and TVs, the Gazelle Web site provides information on where to find a local recycler. It will also evaluate the trade-in items to confirm the value. Gazelle removes all personal data from the old gadgets and uses Department of Defense approved software to perform all tasks in a controlled, secure environment. Shipping boxes are provided by Gazelle and free shipping is offered on all transactions with a value of at least $1.

For more recyclable options and green strategies, please contact our staff at Green Rack Systems/[email protected]

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.