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Recycling hardware, 3-D desktops and more

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Hardware Heaven

We all know that tossing old computer equipment in the trash is a bad idea and bad for the environment. Fortunately, computer manufacturers are revamping their recycling programs and making it easier than ever for entrepreneurs to do the right thing. Just about every major manufacturer from Dell to Epson now offers some sort of program. Generally, the cost to recycle ranges from free to about $35 for a computer system.

Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com) lets you use an online quote engine to get the trade-in value of your old hardware. You might as well get something back when you're upgrading, and they'll come pick up your trade-ins. On a smaller scale, Lexmark (www.lexmark.com) includes a box and prepaid shipping for your old laser-printer cartridge with the purchase of a new cartridge.

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