Computer Disposal Solutions on May 24 in Lincoln

Computer Disposal SolutionsThe old joke about a computer becoming "last year's model" before you get it out of the store is rapidly becoming reality. As computer hardware becomes dated faster and faster - and new computers replace old ones - the problem of what to do with old computers mounts.

For those facing this dilemma, WasteCap of Lincoln will host a half-day session on computer disposal options on May 24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 11th and "P" Streets in Lincoln. WasteCap is a voluntary business organization committed to finding low cost ways to reduce waste.

There are several alternatives to keeping old computer equipment - which may contain hazardous waste - out of landfills in the state: recycling, remanufacturing and donation of the equipment. State and local landfill officials will address hazardous waste issues, while individuals with recyclers, remanufacturing companies, schools and non-profits will provide concrete illustrations of alternatives.

According to the National Safety Council, only 11 percent of the 21 million personal computers that became obsolete in 1998 were recycled. The council expects 61.1 million more computers to be obsolete by 2004, when an estimated 6.7 percent will be recycled.

While a state Environmental Trust grant will offset part of the cost of the workshop, attendees who are not members of INFORM, a Lincoln business group, will be charged $10 a person. For more information, or to register - early sign up is suggested - contact, Carrie Hakenkamp, WasteCap of Lincoln, phone 402-472-0888, fax 402-472-2246, or email at wastecap@navix.net

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