The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act gives New Yorkers the chance to recycle electronic waste in a responsible manner (we should all be acting responsibly when it comes to this issue, and not so much have a chance to do so). It requires manufacturers of those electronics to establish a convenient system for the collection, handling, and recycling/reuse of those items, overseen by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

AnythingIT is proud to have been chosen by Fujitsu to be the handler of choice for Fujitsu products in New York. Residents of New York can recycle the following items for free at any of a number of drop-off points, many located at retail purchase outlets:

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There are a lot of reasons to recycle and dispose of old, unused, and outdated electronics and hardware. From servers to laptops, this unused IT equipment can have value for resell or it can be recycled so as not to be taking up shelf space in storage. There is another, often overlooked value in recycling old equipment: software licenses.

The typical company holding a fair amount of IT equipment will have software licenses for operating systems, network software, and so forth. These licenses are typically purchased as bulk commodities and good for “X number of machines.” When a machine is no longer being used, its software is no longer being used either. Thus, the license becomes available for another machine.

This is very often overlooked by IT departments after disposal of machines. While strict attention might be paid to data scrubbing and hardware accounting, the licenses for software that was housed on the machine (and counted towards licenses) is not.

There is a potential gold mine of savings to be had for many companies if this is tracked. An IAITAM survey in 2010 found that only 62.9% of IT managers in charge of disposal are harvesting software licenses. Many of them are only harvesting “top shelf” licenses rather than all of those present, however.

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Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced new legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 22 to combat the dumping of electronic waste in developing countries and promote recycling here at home. The bill, titled “The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, aims to stop scamming U.S.-based recycling companies that don’t recycle, but instead ship their e-waste overseas to third world nations in South America and Africa to become landfill.

Several groups are supporting the bill; including manufacturers like Dell, HP, Samsung and Apple as well as environmental groups. Other sponsors for the bill show that it’s not just a baby of the Democratic Party with Representatives Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Lee Terry (R-NE) also supporting it.

Proponents of the bill say that it will bring more green jobs to the U.S. as recycling becomes a non-export issue. Rather than sending items overseas to foreign landfills, the bill would “close the door on e-waste dumping on developing countries. It will bring recycling jobs back to the U.S.” says Barbara Kyle, the National Coordinator of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

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