A November 2009 study has shown that many companies are not allocating enough resources to maintain green tech disposal practices, though these companies are definitely concerned and planning to address the issue. The top fear associated with tech disposal for these companies is data security. According to TechNewsWorld, "Concerns for data loss or data exposure are well-founded. Between Jan. 1, 2003, and Sept. 30, 2009, there were 1,136 public disclosures of data loss involving stolen, lost or disposed assets, as summarized and cataloged on www.datalossdb.org. The majority (69 percent) of disclosures were catalogued as "stolen," with 20 percent as "lost" and 11 percent as 'disposal,' with an overall year-over-year increase in the number of data loss disclosures."

Recently I got a new cellphone and the provider gave me a mail-in recycler bag to send the old one back with. I'm scouring the house for every old broken cellphone I can find to stuff in there before I send it back.

I'd dropped my old one in Barton Springs one morning before a frigid swim.

Curt works for Journyx, a time and project management solutions company.