It’s Kali again, writing for Don as his vacation comes to a close. We have recycling on the brain this week–particularly ewaste (electronic waste) recycling. This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to testify before a committee at the State House regarding a Vermont ewaste bill.
The bill, as introduced by Vermont Senators Lyons, Hartwell and MacDonald, proposes that manufacturers “implement a fund system for the collection and recycling of electronic devices.” In short, it outlines a way for manufacturers to make sure potentially hazardous products get recycled in a safe, responsible way, and thus, helps take the financial burden off of consumers. We support this legislation, primarily because we see first-hand the impact that electronics have on the waste stream, and ultimately, the environment.
For almost a decade, we have underwritten a recycling program here, and we currently recycle any and all ewaste for 35¢ p/lb, and will recycle your old computer for free upon purchase of a new one. Additionally, we hold our Annual Free eWaste Recycling Event in April–now in its third year–in which we collect ewaste free-of-charge to the public. (More on that below.) Last year, we collected over 130 tons of ewaste, making it the largest single-day recycling event in the country!
Small Dog Electronics is proud to say that as of now, pound-for-pound, we have recycled more than we have put back into the stream via sales of new products. We’re committed to finding a balance between being good to the earth and bringing you the best possible technology from Apple and beyond!
__And speaking of which…__
We recently have come across some previous-generation inventory that we’re pleased to be able to offer to you for hundreds of dollars off the original prices. (Perfect if you’ve been meaning to upgrade that old stuff… and only after planning to recycle it responsibly, of course!) Among the deals we have secured, there are “16GB iPod touches available for $229.99”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/70103 (same price as the 8GB!), “MacBooks starting at $1,049.99”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/70906 and “MacBook Airs from $1,099.99”:http://www.smalldog.com/product/70760 (save up to $700 on Apple notebooks)!
Read on for more specials, information on our eWaste Recycling Event, some of Ed’s favorite iTunes shortcuts, a primer on image copyright rules (including our own mea culpa), and more.