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The head of Recycle NB wants to get the word out about the province's electronics recycling program.

CEO Pat McCarthy said the organization has collected fewer old and unused products than expected about three quarters the way through the program's inaugural year. The Electronic Products Recycling Association (ERPA), a not-for-profit, industry-led organization, launched the free drop-off program in March 2017.

As more people worldwide join the information and digital society, and the lifetimes of devices decreases, electronic waste is piling up, posing a new environmental threat. But a new report shows how our discarded devices are a valuable resource worth billions.

Your smartphone is far more powerful than the NASA computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the       moon, but it is also an energy hog.

 

In computing, energy use is often considered a secondary problem to speed and storage, but with the rate and direction of technological advancement, it is becoming a growing environmental concern.

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