e-Waste/Green IT

Topics of e-waste, e-cycling, and attitudes ranging from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to corporations as well as statistics. Links to many issues on digital dumping and a call to action to help stop this potential, environmental disaster.


Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Electronic Waste
“Electronic waste” may be defined as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and refrigerators. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal.

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Green Computing
Green computing, green IT or ICT Sustainability, refers to environmentally sustainable computing or IT.


Basel Action Network
Links to many issues in digital dumping and a call to action to help stop it.

California e-waste Updates
Website provides updates of California

Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Digital Dump Creates Concerns
Article detailing San Antonio’s concerns with sending digital equipment overseas.

‘Digital Dumps’ Heap Hazards at Foreign Sites
The trend of sending old, excess equipment to third world countries.

Electronics Take Back Coalition
Wide range of documentation on E-Waste regulations and dumping.

The concept of e-Cycling being explained on the EPA website.

Electronic Recycling Service
Website of Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. ERI is the leading recycler of e-waste in the U.S.

Electronics TakeBack Coalition
Website with news, posts and legislation about e-waste.

e-Waste Impact of IP Telephony
Description of how IP telephony hardware may result in 47 million kg of waste in Europe in 2008. This company projects itself as a solutions provider, but the implications of such waste may be significant.

eWaste Website

Facts and Figures on E-Waste and Recycling
This report is a summary of available statistics that helps to quantify the problems of e-waste and e-waste recycling efforts.

Green IT
A company website that focuses on the Green IT initiative.

Green IT for Dummies

Green IT Resources
Contains list of articles, how-tos and white papers on green IT.

Huffington Post Green Technology portal
Green Technology : Pictures, Videos, Breaking News.

Investing in Green IT
This article describes the value of investing into green technology.

Job Grows in Green IT
This article describes the growth in green IT jobs in the U.S.

Managers Must Understand Green IT
This article tells the importance of hiring IT managers who understands the importance of energy efficient production to combat e-waste.

Reducing ICT-RelatedCarbon Emissions—An Exemplar For Global Energy Policy?

State Legistlation
Detailed information on the State Laws and Programs of e-waste recycling.

Tech Soup
Provides ten tips for donating a computer.

The Federal Electronics Challenge
This is a federal government program that promotes Green IT concept. It is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Federal Environmental Executive.

The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) 
This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S.

The Urgency of Green IT
This article illustrates the emerging importance of green IT that is taking place all across the globe.

Video – CBS News
The Wasteland
Where does all the electronic refuse our society generates end up? Some of it is shipped illegally from the U.S. to China, reports Scott Pelley, where it is harming the environment and people. (08/30/09)

Video: Digital debris: The toxic path of electronic waste
As much as 50-80% of US electronic waste collected for recycling is exported for processing where discarded components emit pollutants that are dangerous to human health and the environment.

Video: Green Jobs Build Communities, WashPost Wilding Out and Wealth Gaps
ColorLinesTV profiles three green jobs projects that show how we can end the jobless recovery while tackling long-standing challenges in communities of color (03/24/10)

What is eWaste?
E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products.

Where Does E-Waste End Up?
Greenpeace article that includes an interesting map graphic detailing e-waste flow.