Young adults are main consumers in the “computer and electronics markets” It is up to youth to set “social and environmental standards” for schools and big companies to protect the delicate environment.
Take Action Ideas!
Spread the word about electronic waste.
Use the resources you have to the get the word out for example create community outreach activities to get youth and your community members involved. Teach your peers about the effects of electronic waste. Get your friends involved aswell!
Connect with others.
Use social networking sites like, Myspace,, Flickr, Blogger and Facebook or even start your own website as means to network and spread word to your friends and others interested in your cause.
Persuade your school’s technology administrator to begin to use Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. To find out more about EPP, visit: http://greenguardian.com/EPPG/ (external link)
Take advantage of your schools student government/council
And persuade them to demand the school for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing of electronics.
Volunteer or be an intern
Help out at with organizations like BAN and Greenpeace. Some organizations like, Green Citizen, will give community service hours to helping hands willing to make a difference and help the effort.
Bring your knowledge to class.
Encourage your teachers to make lessons plans which deal with electronic waste and its effects and be an active participator. Give your insight and communicate your thoughts to your classmates. Teacher Resources
Demand for reuse and recycling of electronics.
When your school receives new hardware like computers and monitors, if their old electronics still work make sure they are donated to schools, organizations, or even libraries that are in need of hardware. If they do not work anymore make sure they are properly recycled.
Clean up your stuff!
Extend the life of your electronics by keeping them clean--using the manufacture's recommendations. Try to repair or donate electronics prior to tossing them out.
Collect electronics which still work or that do not work anymore from your peers as a way to teach them about electronic waste. Either donate them or send them to recycling centers like Green Citizen or your local community recycler.
Take it Back!
When your electronics become obsolete send them back to the manufacture. Many corporations and companies, like Dell and Motorola, have take back programs. You can find out more by simply researching many companies’ policies on the Internet.