Friday, March 30, 2012

Why Recycle Your Computer With UCC?

  • We are local.  No need to drive a long distance.

  • We recycle locally ourselves! The items we don’t keep go to a local recycler.

  • We are your neighbors.  Environmental accountability is what we believe in.

  • We don't charge you to recycle your items.

What happens to your recycled computer after we receive it?
We may choose to disassemble the computer to hardware components and sell them individually.  We may choose to keep it intact just “spruce it up” – by adding a DVD drive, install a larger hard drive or increase the RAM and sell it in the store.   We will always try to recycle by re selling a used item to someone who may be able to use it again – that makes sense to us.  But when components are no longer working or we decide that they are too old to sell we will recycle them ourselves with a local company that takes those electronic components and recycles them appropriately. 

Just think…
Nearly 250 million computers become obsolete between the years 2005 and 2010.

Just think…
Many people discard computers every 3 to 5 years.

Just think…
In 2001, only 11 percent of personal computers retired in the US were recycled.

What you can do to help….
  • Maintain and keep equipment as long as possible.
  • A typical computer’s life span is 2-3 years, but can be extended by 1-2 years with some upgrading. 
  • Buy a good monitor; it can last 6-7 years or more, and keep it for use with your next computer.
  • Be sure to always use a surge protector power strip with all electronic equipment.
  • Change the settings of the power-saving feature on your computer so that during periods of inactivity your computer shuts down the monitor at five minutes, the hard drive at thirty minutes and finally puts the computer in sleep mode at thirty-five minutes.

When you’re ready to get a different computer consider a refurbished one.  You’ll save 139 pounds of waste, 7,300 gallons of water, and 2,300 kilowatt-hours of energy associated with manufacturing a new one.  If just 1 percent of the twenty million computers that become obsolete each year were replaced with refurbished machines, the waste saved could fill more that 1,700 garbage trucks; the water conserved could fill seventy-three thousand backyard swimming pools; and the energy saved could power every personal computer owned in the United States for fifty-five straight hours.

We will accept any computer or computer external peripherals (call and ask us IF we are accepting monitors) 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday at our store –
216 N. Main Street – Burlington, WI 53105

UCC has been recycling computers for more than 10 years. 
We take pride in our approach to doing our little part in the process.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

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