Category: Local/Global E-Waste Regulation


Coolest looking logo ever!!! (Just kidding.)

 

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.

I dare say this is the coolest looking Sony product ever to come out on the market!

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!

Source: http://www.twice.com/article/475403 Sony_Offers_New_Trade_In_And_Recycling_Website.php

 
EZPC Recycling, Inc.
CEO, Miguel Bautista
Mzuniga@EZPCRecycle.com
 
We recycle all your electronic needs.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Thank you for reading!

 

EZPC Recycling, Inc.
CEO, Miguel Bautista
Mzuniga@EZPCRecycle.com
 
We recycle all your electronic needs.

Recycle the EZ Way! With EZPC Recycle.

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:

This is a landfill site used by the Air Force supposedly. I thought the barrels were suppose to be underground?

Here is another landfill site from some other part of the world besides the U.S. Does not look much different than the Air Force pollution site...

Here is toxic runoff/ containment:

Taking a sip of that sewage water would most likely cause life altering problems with your health. I wonder what farm that is?

These are Dutch scientists that obviously know the necessary precautions involved when dealing with toxic runoff. Hopefully not many tourists visit this specific location.

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.

Have a safe non-toxic rest of the week :).

EZPC Recycling, Inc.
CEO, Miguel Bautista
Mzuniga@EZPCRecycle.com
 
We recycle all your electronic needs.
Recycle the EZ Way! With EZPC Recycle.

Here we can see what percentage of each category gets recycled as e-waste. Seems to show pretty small numbers for the most common categories.

 

 

EZPC Recycle’s Angle:

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.

 

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CEO, Miguel Bautista
Mzuniga@EZPCRecycle.com
 
We recycle all your electronic needs.

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EZPC Recycle’s Angle:

E-waste is a problem that is going to continually increase as we technologically progress as a civilization. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, globally there is a 3% growth rate in e-waste in developed nations and an 8.8% growth rate for each individual market. If these rates remain consistent the world will hit a peak of 40-70 MILLION tons of e-waste PER YEAR. This ladies and gentlemen is quite a large amount of trash.

E-waste should be tightly regulated and closely monitored in order to increase the efficiency of the e-waste recycling process. This is done best at the state level. Computers for Classrooms is a non-profit organization which helps low-income schools and neighborhoods benefit from refurbished electronics such as computers or television sets. Pat Furr, the director of Computers for Classrooms, mentions that even though companies participate in the electronic recycling fundraisers they do not incorporate “green practices” outside of participating in the fundraiser. This is absolutely counter-productive for this technological green movement happening for the e-waste industry. R2 certification is the EPA’s response to these e-waste problems. However, this certification is not a requirement but rather a suggestion. Giving it more weight in the American e-waste industry might have the drastic change on e-waste management in California and in turn the world.

What’s Your Angle?

-EZPC Recycling, Inc.
CEO, Miguel Bautista
Mzuniga@EZPCRecycle.com

We recycle all your electronic needs.

In a recent article Tom Knudson of the The Sacramento Bee wrote about the failure of the California Monitor Recycling Program.  You can view the article at :

Fresno Bee Article Link, Click Here

There are a couple of core problems with Mr. Knudson’s article.  Obviously we are all aware of modern reporting techniques to get the most shock value, and I understand Mr. Knudson’s motivation for writing the article in that manner, but some of the information is missing.

Here are the key mistakes in his article.

1)  The electronics recycling fee:  Everyone who purchases a new monitor, TV, or other device that is part of the California recycling program is charged up to $25 PER UNIT purchased.  Just think of all the people who have purchased a device in California only to take it overseas or out of state.  The percentage of these purchases HAS TO out weigh the fraud estimated in the recycling program.   The state and recyclers are working very hard to make sure that collectors stay honest.

2)  Historical purchases in California:  Since the dawn of the TV, exactly how many televisions have been resold to out of state companies or individuals as a “Used TV”?  California is a huge marketplace for both new and used products.  California is STILL exporting thousands of tons of used TV’s and monitors that are being re-used around the planet.  Re-use is part of the recycling triangle.

3)  Californian’s moving out of state:  If you visit Oregon or Washington State, you will find almost as many California natives as you will Oregonians or Washingtonians.  How many millions of TV’s and monitors have moved with the Californians as they took jobs or retired in other states?

When it comes right down to it, recycling works if there is a cash flow and business that promotes the proper handling of materials.  If we did not have the best recycling program in the nation, we would probably be seeing televisions and monitors on every street, in every alley and in every river, creek or culvert.  Mr. Knudson’s article was simply an attempt to gain readership and not a true and accurate accounting of the California recycling program for monitors.

If you need immediate proof of why the California Monitor Recycling Program WORKS, call any recycling company in any other state and ask them if they will recycle your monitor.  Don’t be surprised when they tell you that they will charge you $20 or $30 to recycle your monitor.  That is why most of the monitors in other states are going directly to landfills where the toxins can leach into the water table.  ONLY California has had the courage, insight and intelligence to create a recycling program that WORKS.  Any article about a few million dollars in fraudulent recycling claims is not seeing the big picture.  California should be very proud of its willingness to take problems like monitor recycling head on instead of burying their heads in the sand like other states.

If you want to learn more about the program instead of just reading hype about what is not perfect about the program go to the following pages:

State information on the monitor recycling fee when purchasing a new device.

The California Initiative that handles the problem of toxic waste.

Best practice for handling CRT monitors.

So before you start complaining to your the state, take a closer look.  This program works better than anyone had imagined.  We are handling our own waste responsibly and we should be proud of it.  Don’t take the word of a reporter who is looking to shock the world.  Research for yourself and understand the truth about the success of our state’s ingenious program.

If you have any electronic waste to drop off, come on by and drop it off for free!

We are located at:  2229 W 2nd St Santa Ana Ca 92703

Or if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 714-569-0322

We are working on our new website!

We are changing our website and adding a few new features. It will feature all of the new things we are doing here at EZPC Recycle. It should be up and running in a few days.

In November, EZPC Recycle merged with eWaste Disposal.
Even after the merger, EZPC still offers the same great services that both companies had. We are now one company dedicated to help with all of your needs.
Last month EZPC Recycle collected over 800,000 lbs of electronic waste.
Several events were set up for people to drop off their unwanted and unused electronics.
We want to continue with our work in helping people across California to recycle their electronic waste properly.

Companies and individuals have a choice of how to dispose of electronics in Southern California.

If you have a newer model PC or laptop that you no longer use, the only two mistakes you can make are to throw it in the trash or to simply put it in a closet for a couple of years.  Why?  For starters, nothing with a cord should ever be put into the trash.  Second, no computer that still has functional value should be wasted.  Remember the recycling triangle, reduce, REUSE, and recycle.

So if you have one PC or a warehouse full of PC’s and laptops, here are the immediate response choices you have for doing the right thing.

1)       Donate:  www.giftmypc.org is an 501 C3 non-profit organization working in Orange County that gives computers to high school students that are financially disadvantaged, but still maintain an A grade average.  Gift my PC also gives laptops to financially disadvantaged kids who have graduated high school with an A average and are attending a major university under a scholarship.  Gift my PC gives computers and laptops regardless of ethnicity, but with a focus on high achievement students.

2)      Sell:  www.ezpcrecycle.com If you have a large inventory and are looking to regain as much of your investment as possible then you need a company to asset manage your electronics.  EZPC Recycle has a long history of electronics asset management and the customers to help you move your equipment quickly and for the best price.  EZPC Recycle provides a turnkey service of logistics, bookkeeping and rapid turnover of equipment.  EZPC can pay you up front for your equipment on inspection, pay you after testing the equipment, or pay you after the equipment is sold depending on your needs and desires.

3)      Recycle:   www.ewastedisposal.net is a subsidiary of EZPC Recycle that handles all e-waste disposal with a free turnkey service of removal, documentation and certification of recycling.  If you are looking for the simplest and most professional method of e-waste disposal, this is the method you should use.  One call is all it takes to schedule a removal.

Note:  Like most e-waste recycling companies, EZPC has a requirement on the minimum number of pieces to pick up at your location.  If you are an individual that wants to get rid of a non-working microwave or television, the answer is simple.  Look for recycling drop-off events, or search for local “e-waste collectors” that accept drop-offs at their facility.  (Make sure you get a receipt for your effort.)