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!
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!
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
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.)