The following table compares the environmental benefits of refurbishing vs. recycling 100 computers with CRT monitors. The savings are compared to disposing of the equipment in a landfill. This example was prepared using the United States Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator.
|100 COMPUTERS RECYCLED||100 COMPUTERS REFURBISHED|
|Energy Savings||Saves enough electricity to power 2.75 U.S. households per year||Saves enough electricity to power 68.00 U.S. households per year|
|Greenhouse Gas Reduction||Equal to removing 1.95 passenger cars from the road per year||Equal to removing 48 passenger cars from the road per year|
|Solid Waste Reduction||Removes the equivalent of solid waste generated by 1.8 households per year|
|Primary Material Savings||Saves the equivalent weight of 27 refrigerators|
|Hazardous Waste Reduction||Reduces hazardous waste by the weight of 720 bricks|
|Toxic Material Reduction - Including Mercury||Reduces toxic materials waste by the weight of 3.97 bricks|
|Toxic Material Reduction - Mercury Only||Reduces the amount of mercury in fewer than 0.01 mercury thermometers|
|Air Emissions||Reduces air emissions by 129 metric tons (142.2 U.S. tons)||Reduces air emissions by 3,183 metric tons (3,508.66 U.S. tons)|
|Water Emissions||Reduces water emissions by 0.27 metric tons (0.3 U.S. tons||Reduces water emissions by 6.66 metric tons (7.43 U.S. tons)|
|Replacement Cost Savings||$2,708||$66,801|
Note: These may be proportionally greater than other metrics, as they include all material inputs, including those from upstream processes. These estimates do not account for impacts from product/material substitutions that might replace restricted materials.