By Tree Hugging I mean environmentally friendly. ComputerWorld has taken it upon itself to review top IT companies to see which ones fit the bill the best when it comes down to taking care of your environment. It turns out out of the 70 applicants there were 12 top energy efficient companies that actually really care about their surroundings in which they live and strive to improve the quality of life outside of their own by incorporating “green” efficient practices into the workplace….and making a nice salary while they do it. Here are examples of some initiatives these companies have been taking:
Kaiser Permanente– Employees for Kaiser developed their own methods for measuring cooling systems. Plus they have actual “Keep IT Green” teams focused on brainstorming and implementing new practices that positively affect the environment each month.
All State Insurance– This company views green initiatives with a more practical approach. They focus on ideas that help them save money AND prove to be good for the environment.
KPMG– This Big 4 accounting firm is focusing on mutliple ways to decrease its carbon footprint: migrating to blade servers, raising data center temperatures, utilizing video chat to avoid transportation for company meetings and implementing solar panels where applicable on their company buildings.
State Street– This corporation cut its energy usage by 50% using compression technology! Specifically they used compression and deduplication technologies in order to drive down storage capacity by 40-50% That is a monumental difference when saving energy costs. According to Computerworld however StateStreet has been driven to better the environment for 10 years and keeps going.
NBC Universal– The giant network company NBC decided to contribute its “2 cents” to the improvement of the environment with just a small contribution of 47 TONS of hardware (a.k.a. e-waste) that they ultimately did not need. Specifically, NBC “virtualized” enough servers to shut down 2,000 physical servers which was about 60% of the total amount of servers they had.
These are just a few of the 12 companies covered by Computerworld. If you’re interested in reading more about these mean “green” machines or want to know about the rest of the list please click here!
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So today I read Sony has recently launched a website focused on ensuring Sony products are properly disposed of. The aim of the website for Sony is to recycle 1 pound of e-waste for every pound of electronic product they make. In order to more readily achieve this company goal Sony has opted into collecting ANY manufactured electronic waste NOT just it’s own products. I think that is an awesome way to show the community how much your contributing to the environment. Sony itself is not necessarily doing any of the recycling but rather is just listing participating recycling centers in the user’s vicinity who are registered with Sony to monitor and pick up the electronics that you drop off at designated drop-off sites in specific locations across the U.S.
Hopefully many of you reading this will find it useful to go on this website and check out the drop-off location nearest you. It’s always nice to help better the environment and clean up your house from all the junk you most likely don’t need : P. If you’re interested just click here!
Hello everyone! This past week was an incredibly hectic week. We have been negotiating new contracts with very important clients and I am very excited about our future with them! For now however I really wanted to go back to recycling topics and e-waste related articles (even though it might be a little boring :p) because well I do work for an electronics recycling center and recycling is (or at least should be) an important facet of our daily lives. So for today’s post I decided to list the top 5 misconceptions people have about recycling. Some are actually shocking to me too others not so much.
The 5 ULTIMATE Misconceptions About RECYCLING
Landfills are not a problem. WRONG. Landfill space in the United States is as a whole still very unused. According to the NSWMA (National Solid Wastes Management Association) America still has about 20 years left for landfill space across the country. Individual states however (Rhode Island, and most of the northern part of the U.S.) are extremely limited in the future space they have available for landfills and, in Rhode Island’s case, sometimes have less than a few years of space really pushing them to figure out another solution alone.
Recycling Truck Usage Hurts O-Zone More Than Garbage Being Picked Up. Garbage trucks actually are nowhere CLOSE to burning enough gas in order to top the energy consumption used in manufacturing the trash they’re picking up. According to the NSWMA, an average garbage truck consumes .9 million BTU processing and pickup up garbage while a manufacturing plant making the garbage burns 10.4-23.3 million BTU.
Your city is Getting Rich Getting Paid Out for Recyclable Materials. Also WRONG. Most cities are not receiving any or much compensation for recycling anything due to very unfavorable contracts they still have with several recycling companies. This is due to the fact back when these contracts were being negotiated conditions were more volatile and less lucrative, NOW however conditions are much better and these cities cannot partake in the payouts.
Most Plastics Put in Recycling Bins Ends Up in the General garbage Dump. Semi-false. Many garbage dumps do not accept plastic but gradually many of them are starting to phase in plastic trash due to advances in plastic sorting technology!
Hello everyone we are already in the middle of the week! (Wednesday) I am pretty surprised the week has gone by this fast! I have always really wondered exactly what constitues toxic waste. Toxic waste comes from a variety of different materials such as plastics, metals, noble gases, etc. But I wanted to have an in depth look at how devastating these byproducts can really be. Especially working for an electronics recycling company it might help me appreciate my job a little more. So I checked out the National Geographic page on Toxic Waste and here is what I found!
Toxic Waste Defined
By definition toxic waste is a “noun poisonous waste materials; can cause injury (especially by chemical means)”. These harmful materials arise from manufacturing processes, agricultural processes, septic system processes, construction processes and other industries. These can come in a variety of forms such as liquids, solids, sludge and contain various toxins like radiation or deadly viruses. Obviously these are all deadly to any living creature, including humans, mercury itself is especially dangerous because it doesn’t really disperse just accumulates.
Ways to “Destroy”Toxic Waste
Believe it or not according to National Geographic, the most COMMON way to get rid of toxic waste is to bury it in barrels in the ground…what?!?!. Yes that is a true statement click the link I provided to see for yourself. Especially when dealing with mercury containing computer monitors how could anyone allow the proper dumping of toxic waste to pass as a bunch of barrels buried in the ground?! It does not make sense and will eventually be re-leaked into the environment surrounding it. If waste is LESS toxic another common way to “destroy” toxic waste is to seal it into the ground by placing hard clay above it… again I don’t see how this is particularly preventive. According to the EPA, if you dump waste illegally (meaning it hurts the environment MORE than putting it in a barrel or forgetting to place hard clay above its resting place) then you run the chance of getting charged very large fines.
Toxic Waste Pictures
Here are a couple pictures of landfill sites:
Here is toxic runoff/ containment:
I myself have had my eyes open with this post and still am a little shocked at what the EPA deems as “acceptable” for toxic waste containment.
Hi everyone welcome to the Void of interesting Things! I have been pondering a question all of this past weekend that should be pretty self explanatory (especially for me since I do work at an electronics recycling center) but isn’t. Basically I really wanted to know what makes e-waste such an international threat. obviously it’s a problem in developed countries with a lot of technology and pollution because of all these urban areas we have but why would the e-waste problem be just as bad or worse in countries located in Africa for example, where they have cities that aren’t as big as ours and don’t have most of the technology we do? It would make sense to me that those areas would not be so affected by e-waste but it’s actually the opposite. Click here for more info.
It turns out the first world has been using the third world as its international landfill for quite some time. I’m assuming the idea behind this was to get the trash far enough away from us so that we wouldn’t get hurt by it. Well the problem with this is that many of the materials present in common products that make up the e-waste we have been dumping into third world countries (i.e. cathode ray tubes in monitors, mercury lamps in LCDs) are poisonous to the environment AND basically get dumped back into the ocean by the residents of the countries we use as landfills. The article added above sums this up very clearly.
Essentially this is the problem and I feel it probably won’t stop because it has become a sustainable business that is profitable. The only way to really impede this momentum of ruin that we have propagated might be to spark a trend to increase the lifespan of our technological products. This website called www.ElectronicsTakeBack.com (quickly becoming a fave website of mine!), explains how companies tactically plan out how long they want your cell phone or computer to last see here. The list they have is really insane to see such common occurrences with electronic issues being summed up as a planned deficiency by the hardware manufacturer or cell phone distributor. But it makes a lot of sense. Working in an electronics recycling center I see anywhere from 50 to thousands of dead cell phones come in daily or weekly. That is the same for computer parts that aren’t even necessarily broken just one year, two years old. I think supporting the Electronics Take Back Coalition or at least having the presence of mind to wonder to yourself “I wonder why I have a drawer full of functional cell phones in my house?” will go a long way in moving towards the right step to make this world a better place. Thanks for stopping by my blog to read my rants! Over and out.
Here is more info on e-waste and legislation behind letting it go to Africa: Click here.
Are you having electronic recycling issues with all the new innovative technology coming out at a much quicker pace? Have you purchased every single iPhone in existence and have an unseemly mound of junk growing in your garage? Well have no fear! Apple has recently announced how it will make its contribution to the international e-waste problem this past Friday. According to contributing writer, Alexis Petru of Earth911.com, Apple is starting a buyback program for all functioning iphones, ipads or macs that clients do not use or need anymore and will exchange them for Apple gift cards at their fair market price. The catch here is that the devices must function. The important details involved in appraising the products will be: battery life, water damage etc. If your device qualifies for a gift card Apple will mail you one, otherwise they will recycle your broken item for free (What a relief!).
Consumers can mail the items they want recycled. The gift cards will be eligible for use both in Apple stores and online. So start mailing in your old iphones for Apple gift cards……. it will bring you one step closer towards your new iPhone 4!
In case you’re itching to read Ms. Petru’s article you can find it here.
Sims Recycling Solutions, has recently implemented a new automated process into its Ontario, Canada location that will increase the efficiency of the sorting process used to separate glass, plastics and other metals from collected e-waste.
According to contributing columnist Mark LaMonica, the reasoning behind Sims Recycling Solutions automated e-waste separation process was to take advantage of future rises in Ontario’s electronic recycling fees.
The new automated process includes various steps that separate the products from one another even going so far as to separate dust from all products thrown onto the automated belt!