According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years. In 2001, only 11 percent of personal computers retired were recycled rather that put into landfills.
The first Earth Day began with an idea in September 1969, at a conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment. Senator Nelson first proposed the nationwide environmental protest to thrust the environment onto the national agenda.” "It was a gamble," he recalls, "but it worked." Five months before the first April 22 Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising tide of environmental events::
"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...." Senator Nelson also hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator. Each year since then, the April 22 Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.
RICM Works with E Waste Solutions Inc.
For Individuals in Rhode Island:
E Waste can pick up your electronic waste for free or you can drop off at our two convenient locations.
Please call for more information.
Schedule a free pickup call 401-632-8093 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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established in 1999 in Rhode Island to preserve our rich vintage computer history and offer a glimpse of the past. RICM welcomes and appreciate any donations, whether of hardware, software, books, manuals or cash and invites town residents to be friends of the museum by volunteering time and donations