Wednesday, March 11, 2009

UPS Recycling

I attended a virtual conference hosted by Information Week magazine a couple of weeks ago. The theme of the conference is "Green IT." I visited a virtual booth by American Power Corporation (APC), a worldwide company that makes UPS and found out that they also recycle.

So, what's a UPS? Some readers may ask. UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. This is a device that provides battery backup for computers in case there's a power failure. The UPS will give you some time (typically around 5 to 15 minutes) to be able to save anything that you are doing or until an auxiliary power (generator) is turned on.

APC placed this recycling link on their virtual booth and I had to check it out. I remember early in my career that we used APC branded UPS on one of our client sites.

On the website, they give people 4 options to trade, recharge, or recycle old UPS devices instead of throwing it away.

Option 1: Trade UPS - you can trade any brand of old UPS for a new one.

Option 2:Replacement Battery Cartridges - you can trade or replace your old APC UPS battery and they will dispose the old battery in an eco-friendly manner.

Option 3: Certified Pre-Owned - provides eco-friendly disposal of your old APC UPS device and you can buy an APC certified Pre-Owned UPS at a lower cost.

Option 4: Staples Eco-Easy Recycling Program - APC teamed up with Staples for recycling battery backups. You can bring your battery to any US Staples store for recycling. There's a $10 recycling fee (per piece) to cover the handling, transport, product disassembly and recyling.

Batteries, if improperly disposed, can harm the environment. Should you have any old UPS devices that are not being used, here's the recycling option for you.

Enjoy and happy recycling!


Borneo Falcon said...

I am using APC's IPS and I never realize they had such recycling program

G.Kannan said...

I had never had any idea that nserviceable UPS requires such careful and responsible disposal to save the Mother Earth. Condemned computer parts are piling up in every city or town in the world posing great danger. Hoep this will create more responsible computer users. Your post is an eye opener. Thanks. Adding you to my Friends list for happy blogging days ahead.

SQ&RT said...

Warning!!! Don't forget to print out the announcement on APC site and take it with you. Some employees at Staples do not know about this deal (because somehow it's not on their Website) and they will insist that you have to pay $10. Show the printout and you should get the free recycling.

Anonymous said...

Nowhere does it say that it is free to recycle through Staples...

oicned said...

The free recycling ended on September 30, 2009.

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