Recycling is not the only strategy that can effectively manage your company’s e-waste. By having employees share electronics, your inventory of electronics is reduced meaning your company will ultimately produce less e-waste. Other strategies such as using electronics for more years by increasing your refresh cycle or upgrading your electronics, purchasing refurbished electronics instead of new electronics, and donating used electronics so that they may be re-used means that you keep more electronics out of the disposal stream for longer periods of time.
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Kwak, M., Behdad, S., Zhao, Y., Kim, H. and Thurston, D., 2011, ‘E-Waste Stream Analysis and Design Implications’, Journal of Mechanical Design, Oct. 2011, vol.133
Techsoup for Libraries, 2012, Further Resources: Buying Refurbished Computers. Available: www.techsoupforlibraries.org/Cookbooks/Planning%20for%20Success/buying-and-deploying-technology
US EPA, 2012, Electronics Donation and Recycling website. Available: www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
US EPA, 2012, Federal Electronics Challenge website, ‘Publications and Resources’. Available: http://www.epa.gov/fec/publications.html
US EPA, 2012, Preparing to Transfer or Donate Used Federal Electronic Equipment, fact sheet, Federal Electronics Challenge, updated July 2. Available: http://www.epa.gov/fec/resources/donation.pdf
US EPA, 2011, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6: Printer Consolidation Case Study, Federal Electronics Challenge, updated December 13. Available: http://www.epa.gov/fec/resources/printers.pdf
Williams, E., 2004, ‘Energy Intensity of Computer Manufacturing: Hybrid Assessment Combining Process and Economic Input-Output Methods’, Environmental Science and Technology, 38(22): 6166-6174