IBM recycling program will benefit charities, the environment

IBM is expanding its programs for consumers and businesses to recycle unneeded computer hardware in the United States.

Through the new IBM PC Recycling Service, people will be able to recycle any manufacturer's personal computers -- plus monitors, printers and optional attachments -- for $29.99, which includes shipping. Customers will be able to box the system and ship it via UPS to Envirocycle -- a designated recycling center.

Certain refurbished hardware will find a new life benefiting charities typically lacking funding for computer equipment.

Depending on the age and performance capability of the computer, the IBM PC Recycling Service will either recycle the equipment in an environmentally responsible manner -- reusing or recycling as many of the parts and materials as possible -- or refurbish the system and arrange for its donation to Gifts in Kind International.

Gifts in Kind coordinates product philanthropy and contributes to a network of more than 50,000 nonprofit organizations in neighborhoods throughout the world. If the computer can be donated, donors will receive receipts for potential deductionson their annual federal tax return.

Non-profit organizations providing adult literacy, job training, family and youth services, and services for the disabled will be the major beneficiaries of the refurbished computer systems. By leveraging shipping and recycling services at substantially lower costs than a consumer could achieve, IBM hopes to encourage responsible recycling and preservation of the environment with a potential side benefit of providing communities with the advantages of greater access to technology.

IBM recycled more than 120 million pounds of equipment parts and machines in 1999, with less than four percent deemed unsalvageable/non-recyclable. At the same time, IBM is designing new upgradeable computer technology to further extend useful life. IBM has had long-standing corporate policies of providing a safe and healthful workplace, protecting the environment and conserving energy and natural resources.

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