Used and obsolete electronics pose challenging environmental management problems. Electronic products contain a variety of hazardous constituents. Cathode ray tubes, circuit boards, batteries, and other electronic components may contain toxic materials such as lead and cadmium. This growing and changing waste stream presents new challenges and responsibilities to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the equipment throughout its lifecycle, from purchasing through use, and end-of-life management.
Electronics stewardship has considerable environmental benefits. For example, for every 1,000 “green” computers purchased, ENERGY STAR settings enabled on equipment in use, and old units recycled after at least five years of service, you can
Environmental benefits, such as energy savings, that Partners achieve translate into cost savings. For example, you can save $25 - 75 per computer system annually by ensuring that power management settings are activated (and not altered by users) on computers and monitors, and an additional $30 – 60 for each printer or copier that is powered down when not in use.
The SEC provides tools to help your organization improve management of its electronic assets, including:
Partners receive annual recognition and awards for their accomplishments through national, state and regional media and venues.
On-line registration is free and simple. It won’t take more than 2 or 3 minutes of your time. Your organization then becomes eligible for the Partner-only resources listed above.
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* Based on the purchase of 1,000 EPEAT® Gold registered CPUs with LCD monitors, 100% power management of units deployed within the organization, and the recycling of 1,000 CPUs with CRT monitors after at least 5 years of service; estimates were calculated using the U.S. EPA Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (version 3.1, dated 7-24-12).