Microsoft and Sony launches "refurb and recycle programs for e-waste"

Millions of computers and electronics get dumped into landfills each year by people who don't know what to do with them. But even if those old bundles of circuits may seem useless to their original owners, they could still be put to good use via recycling or refurbishment. Two of the world's most prominent technology […]

Millions of computers and electronics get dumped into landfills each year by people who don't know what to do with them. But even if those old bundles of circuits may seem useless to their original owners, they could still be put to good use via recycling or refurbishment. Two of the world's most prominent technology companies have launched new programs to help facilitate the reuse and recycling of old electronics in hopes of making the world a little greener.

Microsoft has announced an expansion of its worldwide Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program that accepts old equipment from companies that need to dispose of it. It reconditions donated machines, complete with software, so that they can be donated to schools or nonprofits in need. MAR launched its new recycling facility in Tallaght, Ireland this week with four Irish companies already on board. With the approval of national electronics compliance organization WEEE Ireland, MAR Ireland is actively recruiting more companies to join in on the program. Even Microsoft's own offices in Ireland have already donated several hundred computers to MAR.

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