Mobile device recycling: aiding the planet and your bottom line

Mobile device recycling: aiding the planet and your bottom line
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A worker at CollectiveGood (cq) in Tucker, Ga., sorts through old cell phones and cell phone batteries for recycling Wednesday, April 20, 2005. When Earth Day dawned in 1970, optimistic environmentalists said emerging technologies would help reduce the nation's reliance on coal, oil, insecticides and other toxins. But 35 years later, a big part of the problem appears to be technology itself. Tons of computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic gizmos that contain hazardous chemicals, or "e-waste," may be poisoning people and ground water. Activists say the nation's biggest environmental problem may be the smallest devices, and this week they're launching campaigns to increase awareness about recycling cell phones, music players, handheld gaming consoles and other electronics. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
A worker at CollectiveGood (cq) in Tucker, Ga., sorts through old cell phones and cell phone batteries for recycling Wednesday, April 20, 2005. When Earth Day dawned in 1970, optimistic environmentalists said emerging technologies would help reduce the nation's reliance on coal, oil, insecticides and other toxins. But 35 years later, a big part of the problem appears to be technology itself. Tons of computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic gizmos that contain hazardous chemicals, or "e-waste," may be poisoning people and ground water. Activists say the nation's biggest environmental problem may be the smallest devices, and this week they're launching campaigns to increase awareness about recycling cell phones, music players, handheld gaming consoles and other electronics. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

On the eve of Earth Day 2014, many CIOs may be wondering what they can do to help the IT department, and the organization overall, be a better environmental steward when it comes to technology. One easy solution is a mobile device recycling program.

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