This is why you should keep your computer out of the landfill (Thank You BestStuff).
E-Waste Statistics You Should Know:
1. About 220 million tons of old computers and other tech hardware are trashed in the United States each year (Environmental Protection Agency, 2001).
2. About 63.3 million desktop computers will be taken out of service in the year 2002, and 85 percent of them will end up in landfills across the country, constituting an ever-growing environmental hazard (National Safety Council, 2001).
3. By the year 2005, one computer will become obsolete for every new one put on the market (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 2001).
4. Fifty percent of computers being recycled are in good working order. They are discarded to make way for the latest technology (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 2001).
5. Experts estimate that we will have more than 500 million obsolete computers in the United States between 1997 and 2007 (Poison PCs).
6. Five hundred million computers in the world contain 6.32 billion pounds of plastics, 1.58 billion pounds of lead, and 632,000 pounds of mercury (The Basel Action Network, 2002).
7. The average lifespan of a computer has shrunk from four or five years to two years (National Safety Council, 1999).
8. About 70 percent of heavy metals found in U.S. landfills comes from discarded electronics such as circuit boards, wires, steel casings and other parts (The Basel Action Network, 2002).
9. Only 12.75 million computers, including monitors and keyboards, will be recycled in the United States in 2002 (The Basel Action Network, 2002).
10. Americans are buying more computers than people in any other nations. Currently more than 50 percent of U.S. households own computers, and therefore, generate the most e-waste (The Basel Action Network, 2002).
Refurbish is often confused with recycling, but they are really quite different. Refurbishing is the process of major maintenance or minor repair of an item, either aesthetically or mechanically, that lengthens the life of an item. Recycling, on the other hand, involves processing used materials into new products in order to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
* Refurbishing/Reusing keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
* Refurbishing/Reusing advances source reduction
* Refurbishing/Reusing preserves the “embodied energy” that was originally used to manufacture an item
* Refurbishing/Reusing reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies, and helps safeguard wildlife habitats
* Refurbishing/Reusing creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
* Refurbishing/Reusing results in less hazardous waste
* Refurbishing/Reusing saves money in purchases and disposal costs
* Refurbishing/Reusing generates new business and employment opportunities for both small entrepreneurs and large enterprises
* Refurbishing/Reusing creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality.
Fedora has empowered CrossBytes to be able to make otherwise slow computers usable for internet/homework.
Thank You to all of the people involved in the Fedora Project.. all of you have allowed us to open a whole new world to many people.
Fedora 11 absolutely rocks on older machines using ext4 as the default file system.