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Earth Day 4.22.2012

Posted Monday, April 16, 2012, at 12:04 PM

"On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part." (www.earthday.org/2012)

When #2 son Nathan was 12 or so, he became, as millions of such young men were to become, enamored with computers. At that time, computers were still very expensive. Nathan being Nathan and me being me, I would have done anything to get him a "real" computer. The costs, though, were well beyond my limitations.

Then came Commodore VIC-20. Somehow we scrimped and saved and put together enough money to buy one. He'd sit up late at night hand writing his "programs" because there was no hard drive storage on these fabulous computers.

These days there are so many "outdated" products going into the trash it has become a national and even worldwide problem. And, it has only just begun. Many, if not most, of the high-tech gimmicks and gadgets we now get so cheap and think we can't get along without are simply not fixable. Like much of what has come and gone in America since World War II, we will simply buy a new one and discard the old. It is going to get to be a very big deal.

Now at Computer Central we send out for recycle computers, printers, and related items which once I would have done anything possible to get for our son.

This is about the small gesture Computer Central in Brazil makes to help save the earth, and how Clay County residents can help.


We don't particularly solicit it, but do accept at Computer Central anything that shows up at our door. From time to time we can sew together two or three of them and make a workable computer. Fortunately in the past year or so, the value of the stuff we can't use has gone up and about every other month a dealer shows up at our door looking for whatever we can't use. Last month we made a whole 8-bucks (i.e., we're not in it for the money). But, we kept a lot of what would otherwise be trash out of the trash.


We have always accepted any of these which people bring as part of our 10-plus years of recycling and remanufacturing laser and inkjet print cartridges. We can send out 90 percent of these for reuse. I could write (have written) a lot about the massive waste -- promoted by the original manufacturers -- of these cartridges.


Can't even imagine how many are just being discarded as the newest and latest versions come out. Don't throw them away. We had collected some recently and I took them out to a bright young man named Sam Hull at the Humane Society to help their fund raising efforts. If it's too much trouble to take the old one out to White Rock Road, drop it off at Computer Central and we'll see they get it.


Our friends at Wallace Brothers Disposal & Recycling will take anything except glass and Styrofoam. We ourselves take them a carload of newspaper, plastic, and the cardboard that laser cartridges come in. No, don't bring this stuff to us!

All of this won't save the entire earth, but we'd like to think it helps "mobilize" Clay County.

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Cell phones are a big one. It never ceases to amaze me that people can spend $200 for a carrier subsidized phone (another $800 over the next 2 years) only to throw it away a year later when the later and greater model comes out. There are private businesses that will buy them so they can refurbish and resell them. You can make money off your used phone, why would you throw it in the trash?

-- Posted by theoneinthearmy on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 2:55 AM

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