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Upgrading electronic equipment every 18 months has become nearly unavoidable, which means that e-waste is an increasingly growing problem. According to a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1.5 to 1.9 million tons of electronics were discarded in landfills in 2005 alone.

Fortunately, you now have a new alternative for disposing of you broken or unsellable cameras. Sony is the first company to open a national recycling program for its consumer electronics. The program, in collaboration with Waste Management Recycle America, LLC has opened 75 drop-off centers in the U.S., and there are plans to double that number within a year.

The best part of the plan is that accepted items aren’t limited to Sony products (although Sony products will be recycled for free, they will charge to recycle products from other manufacturers).

The recycling plan is part of Sony’s goal to recycle one pound of old consumer electronics equipment for every pound of new products sold.

For a list of drop-off centers call 1-877- 439-2795, or visit Sony’s site.
(Via Camera Arts blog, image via Mother Jones)
—Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor