Put your old tech treasures out to green pastures Saint John NB

In the virtual world, there are no papers to sign, no compact discs to load in a stereo system and no photo albums to flip through. In addition to th ...

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(NC)-In the virtual world, there are no papers to sign, no compact discs to load in a stereo system and no photo albums to flip through. In addition to the shift from physical to digital, advances in technology are also reducing our impact on the environment by cutting down on material waste and consumption.

Today's consumer electronics are designed to reduce the use of substances that may pose risks to human health and the environment by adhering to policies for compliance to environmental regulations. Stand-by and sleep mode, among other functions, are designed to reduce energy consumption. But what happens to non-functioning PCs and multimedia electronics that are past their prime?

Charlotte Barrett, a third-year biology student from the University of Ottawa, has owned her computer since high school and has decided that now is the time to tap into the savings from her part-time job and buy a new computer. Deciding what to do with the old one was easy once she heard about the Toshiba Environmental Recovery and Recycling Effort (TERRE).

The program recycles old PC hardware and any associated components that pose environmental risks by collecting, dismantling and safely disposing of old products, free of charge regardless of the manufacturer of origin.

"The program is so convenient," said Charlotte. "I logged on the TERRE website to register and then called to schedule an appointment. They came to my home to pick up my old computer. It's great to know that this program ensures electronic components are disposed of safely. What makes it even more appealing is that it's free!"

"We have an old projector up at the cottage and an unused monitor in our basement," continued Charlotte. "It's been stored there for years because I didn't know where to dispose of it. I'll definitely be scheduling another pick-up once we wrap up the spring cleaning at home and up north this weekend."

To schedule a pick up and to learn more about TERRE, please visit: www.toshiba.ca/terre.

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