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If you have a computer monitor that is broken, outdated, or simply extra, there are three responsible choices you can make for its disposal.

Donate it: Just because it is too “old” or “outdated” for you doesn’t mean someone else would appreciate it. Contact friends or family member to see if anyone is in need of a monitor. If that doesn’t turn up anything, call some local charities, as they would undoubtedly love to have it. The added benefit is that donating it creates a tax write-off.

Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn approved a law which brings about major revisions to the e-waste program in the state.

The Senate Bill 2106 will expand the yearly recycling goals for Illinois, broaden the scope of included electronics, and simplify the functions of program management. For instance, the revisions will increase the number of covered products from 4 to 17, including things like fax machines, set-top boxes, computer peripherals, portable media devices, A/V equipment, etc.

According to a British research company, too many people are failing to encrypt or erase sensitive information on their mobile device before tossing it out. In order to prove this, their team purchased over 150 discarded devices through secondhand retailers and an auction site.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is piling up faster than ever. In 2005, Americans disposed of nearly 50 million computers, a 250% increase from the previous decade. Add in all the other types of electronics we toss out, and we now dump over 400 million electronic gadgets each year, according to EPA estimates.

What do you mean by a hard drive?

Hard drive is also known as a hard disk drive. It is the main storage device of a computer, which stores the data permanently. It was introduced on 13th Sep ’56. It is classified in two broad categories mainly the internal hard drive and the external hard drive. Though the internal hard drives are the most common, but some people also use the external hard drives to keep a backup of their data and also to expand the storage space.

The economy is recovering, according to most reports. This is great news if you are starting a new business or are ready to begin growing the one you already have. But you will be doing yourself and your company a huge disservice if you ignore the hard lessons of the last half-decade, particularly the lesson that today’s smart companies—big and small—are still addressing:  minimize your operating costs.

It’s hard to believe, but there are as many cell phone subscriptions in the world as there are people, according to a recent United Nations report (see “The Millennium Development Goals Report,”  http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/report-2013/mdg-report-2013-english.pdf)

You’ve taken your new computer out of the box, hooked it up, and can’t wait to start enjoying the faster processor and stunning display capability it offers. Now what are you going to do with that the old home computer now sitting on the floor next to your desk?

Here are some ideas on how to repurpose the old household computer that will benefit the whole family.

Donating your company’s old technology products seems like a great idea. You rid your company of unwanted electronics, and you get back a gracious acknowledgement from the charity—maybe even a receipt for your taxes. Even EPA talks about it in a positive way on their website: “Donating used electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products. Recycling electronics prevents valuable materials from going into the waste stream.”

To further understand the reasons for recycling your electronics, you must first understand the impact these electrical devices have on the environment. When these devices are disposed of in an incorrect manner, they seriously affect their surrounding environment, most especially water tables. Once they enter the underground water table, they can be spread to any number of areas including water for drinking. It can also spread to areas where food is grown and, surprisingly, can increase greenhouse gases.