Recycling and environmental responsibility were big on President Obama's agenda when he was still a candidate, but as some observers predicted, the economic crisis has overshadowed efforts to move recycling legislation through Congress. So there's still no federal recycling requirement, but several states have them on the books or in the works.
There are also businesses and non-profits all over the country that champion the cause. Take, for instance, Redemtech. Yes, the Ohio-based company makes a business of technology change management, but it's also a member of the Basel Action Network and a founding member of the e-steward responsible recyclers coalition. The company gets involved in the effort at many levels. Back in May, Redemtech hosted an "e-waste recycling day" for members of Congress and their staff.
The CompTIA Educational Foundation is also getting involved at a grassroots level. The foundation, which exists to "provide career opportunities to those who have been underrepresented in the IT work force," is spearheading "Clean Out Your Tech Closet Day" on Nov. 6. On that day, CompTIA foundation is asking companies to collect their old, unused technology and send it to the Bids 4 Futures Auction. According to a press release, auction proceeds will fund IT training and certification for participants in the Creating Futures program who need financial assistance.
Items appropriate for collection include cell phones, PDAs, desktops, laptops, printers, copiers and the like. The business donating the most technology for the auction will be recognized, organizers said.