Redemtech calls the first electronic-waste recycling day for U.S. Congress staffers a success. According to ITWorld, enough equipment was collected to fill half of a big truck. Much of the equipment seemed to be functional, which means Redemtech can refurbish it to give to charities.
The event was meant to bring awareness to the issue of e-waste. Company President Robert Houghton says about 90 percent of U.S. e-waste gets shipped overseas where crude and unsafe methods are used to break down the electronics.
As IT Business Edge blogger Lora Bentley points out, awareness is growing.
"Though there is no federal mandate concerning e-waste recycling, at least 21 U.S. states have their own recycling measures on the books, and several have bills pending at one stage or another of the legislative process."