Microsoft Ireland's newly launched PC recycling/donation program is designed to get a few more years' worth of use out of hardware that is gathering dust or on its way out of offices during PC refresh cycles. The Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program connects donating companies with approved and certified refurbishing outfits and then gets the computers to organizations that can make use of them (and presumably cannot afford to buy equipment).
The program, of course, has the enthusiastic support of the Irish arm of the 2007 Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling directive and will, we hope, call attention to the international Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program, as well as other long-standing donation programs.
A valid criticism of the green movement within the tech industry is that companies, even as they band together in organizations like Green Grid to promote environmentally friendly practices, are also promoting increased consumption of equipment and resources and chemicals that will end up in landfills and in the atmosphere.
That new "green" PC is great, but it sends the old one to the recycling bin (or probably the garbage, speaking realistically) sooner rather than later, doesn't it?