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ALL YEAR LONG, I BRING MY OLD MATERIAL AND I RECYCLE !
La Maison de l'informatique is involved since 2000 to educate its customers and local people to recycle computer equipment that represents a dangerous and harmful polluter.
For this reason, we recycle all year round your defective or obsolete hardware. At any time during business hours, you can bring your old equipment. We work with professional recyclers involved in an ecological way to recover all metals and various materials hazardous to the environment. It's the same for plastic and copper in the cables.
The devices allowed for recycling are:
Computers, laptops and mobile towers
screens (all models)
battery backup devices
mice and cables
Hard disks and floppy disks are destroyed for data privacy.
Since 2004, we have a program of recuperation old and obsolete computers that are retrieved and updated by our computer science students and trainees to be given free of charge to community organizations and NPOs in the region that request it . More than a hundred computers have been delivered in this project.
Here are some technical data on the current situation:
To make a computer it takes *:
· 240kg of fossil fuels
· 22Kg of chemicals
· 1.5 tons of water
* A study by the United Nations University (Journal of MTL from 01 May 2011)
There are a multitude of toxic substances in computer equipment:
1. Cadmium in batteries (irreversible effects on the kidneys. Cause cancer and toxic to the environment)
2. Chromium VI as anti-corrosive (severe allergic reactions and carcinogenic)
3. Lead in the circuits, solder and monitors (may cause deterioration of the nervous system, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. Highly toxic to plants and animals)
4. Beryllium in older motherboards commonly called "motherboard" (cause cancer and pneumonia)
5. Mercury in the screens, batteries and switches (brain damage and accumulation by living organisms)
6. Flame retardants to prevent the burning of computers (carcinogenic and neurotoxic. They are volatile and bio-persistent.)
7. PVC (plastic toxic for reproduction)
In Quebec,only 1.3Kg of toxic products per person ends up in landfills or 9500 tonnes of waste at the provincial level. Of this waste, only 100 grams per person are barely saved in our garbage and recycled properly.
The organization Quebecois Recyc-Québec and the network of CFER (training center and business recovery) and Staples and Maison de l'informatique have also given the mission to recycle computer equipment.
If each of us does our part for the environment it will be over 900 tons of computer equipment that will be recycled in 2012 and over 80% of materials that will be exported to Asia for reuse. The cancer statistics would then be reduced. Think about it!
Sources: Recyc-Quebec, UN, Greenpeace and the World, Journal of MTL.