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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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Fact Sheet 6 - Before Recycling: Reuse

Fact Sheet 6 – Before Recycling: Reuse. Click to read.

Fact Sheet 5 - Before Recycling: Reduce

Fact Sheet 5 – Before Recycling: Reduce. Click to read.









Profile on RET3, a non-profit recycler dedicated to the environmentally friendly disposal of end-of-life electronic equipment through recycling, reuse and refurbishing.


References & Helpful Links

International Association of Electronics Recyclers (IAER), Electronics Recycling Industry Report, 2006.

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:

US EPA, 2012, Electronics Donation and Recycling website. Available:

US EPA, 2012, Federal Electronics Challenge website, ‘Publications and Resources’. Available:

US EPA, 2012, Preparing to Transfer or Donate Used Federal Electronic Equipment, fact sheet, Federal Electronics Challenge, updated July 2. Available:

US EPA, 2011, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6: Printer Consolidation Case Study, Federal Electronics Challenge, updated December 13. Available:

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