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Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:01 pm

BINARY BYE-BYE

Computers have practically replaced dogs as man’s best friend, accompanying us everywhere and making our lives incalculably easier. But when we’re done with our computers, disposing of them properly can be a challenge. The metals in those motherboards can contaminate the environment, and much of the material is non-biodegradable.

If you want to keep your old computer out of the junk heap, Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries in Springfield can put it to good use. Goodwill is joining Mavidea Technology Group and Reconnect Partnership to hold a computer hardware recycling event to collect outdated or unused computers, and they’ll even have food available for those who donate.

Bring your old desktop towers, monitors, printers, cables, speakers, software and even ink and toner cartridges to be repurposed or recycled, and they will even erase your old hard drives to protect your personal information.

“Goodwill has been recycling for over 100 years, and our continued focus is to make a positive impact on our environment,” says Sharon Durbin, Land of Lincoln Goodwill’s president and CEO.

The Recycle IT event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 at the Goodwill store at 2001 Wabash Ave. For more information, call Lesa Bergeron at 217-789-0400 or email lesa.bergeron@llgi.org.
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