Computers and the Environment

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Computersand the Environment

Computers do benefit the natural environment through recycling andthe ability to be used again. Most products are often a problem whenthey are disposed of, and they end up causing an ugly scene wherethey can be dangerous to people and animals around that area. Thisessay will prove that computers are recyclable and have reduced theuse of paper leading to a cleaner environment.

However, computers are mostly recycled since the parts can be fusedwith other parts that will work with new gadgets. For instance, someof these devices are usually sent to their original manufacturersthat have mastered a way of redesigning them and taking them back tothe market. In 2010, 30% of the 595,000 tons of computer monitorsdiscarded were recycled, and the procedure often saves the earth fromthe landfills (Skye, n.d.). Very few products have that quality, andthe companies have several refurbishing agents that also have a wayof taking the products back to the factories. The invention of thecomputers has been associated with the reduction in the use of paper(Agarwal, 2014). More important, the use of paper was a great concernin the society and the Bank of America was able to minimize its paperconsumption by about 25% after they resorted to the online reports,email and forms too (Skye, n.d.). Adopting such techniques can savethe earth from the papers that are disposed of in the landfills. Theuse of the computers is also associated with some positiveenvironmental impacts. Rather than discarding the computers, most ofthe users are even donating the PCs to charity and help children andneedy people acquire knowledge on how to deal with the devices.

In conclusion, the fact that the computers are recyclable and theyreduce the paper consumption shows how they are environmentallyfriendly. Hence, the government needs to create initiatives that willincrease the recycling process to reduce the tons of wastes that arethrown in the landfills. Replacing paper usage in offices is also animportant aspect since the reports, emails, and forms are notprinted.


Despite the adverse consequences associated with the computers in thenatural environment, it still remains to be one of the cleanestelectronic devices. Regardless of their high energy consumption, thesame gadgets have various options that one can use in saving a lot ofenergy too. In the process, it becomes much easier to deal with theenergy wasted. In 2010, American consumers discarded 423,000 tons ofcomputers, and around 40% of the amount were recycled (Skye, n.d.).The scenario even reveals that computers are much cleaner and can berecycled to avoid any wastes. Lastly, computers also provide accessto the internet where the environmentalists share ideas and undertakeintensive research to identify ways in which they can improve itsefficiency as well (Rani et al., 2012). In summary, the computershave a broad range of benefits that outweigh the few adverselimitations that can be controlled quite easily.


Agarwal, S. (2014). Impact of Green Computing in it industry to makeeco-friendly environment. Journal of Global Research in ComputerScience, 5(4), 05-10.

Rani, B., Singh, U., Maheshwari, R., &amp Chauhan, A. K. (2012).Perils of electronic waste: Issues and management strategies. Journalof Advanced Scientific Research, 3(1), 17-21.

Skye, Jared (n.d.). Computer Recycling Statistics. Retrieved31 March 2017 from