Nov20
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How kids can help solve the e-waste problem

Children's Corner, Community Involvement

How many electronic gadgets does your family have?kids-recycle

What’s your favorite electronic gadget? An iPad? Video game? TV? How many gadgets does your family use? Would you believe that the average home has 24 electronic products!

Do you ever think about what happens to these gadgets when you are done with them? When you stop using them and are ready to dispose of these products, they are sometimes known as electronic waste, or “e-waste.”

What should we do with our old electronics?

Don’t trash them. First, we should never throw e-waste in the trash! Even the small stuff like phones or batteries shouldn’t go in the trash. There are some toxic (dangerous) chemicals in these products that don’t belong in the trash. It’s bad for our environment, plus it means throwing away valuable metals that can be recycled.

Pass them on for reuse. Sometimes you have something that still works, but you don’t use it any more. But somebody else might use it. The best thing to do is to give it to someone else who can keep using it (only if your parents say it’s ok.) If you don’t find a family member or friend who wants it, you can often donate it to a charity in your community.

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Recycle them.   Recycle USA pays you top dollar for your unwanted electronics.

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Nov20
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Most Retailers Flunked Our New Report Card on Electronics Recycling

News & Events

Today we are releasing our first Report Card on the electronics retailers and their programs (or lack thereof) to help us recycle our old electronics. Staples, Best Buy, and Office Depot got the highest marks, as all three have robust programs that let consumers bring our items back to their stores for recycling.

But we gave F’s to nine of the 16 retailers we reviewed for having no real program. This includes retail giants like Walmart, Sams Club, Amazon, and Costco.

Another four, including Target and Radio Shack, got Ds for having limited programs.

Office Max was somewhere in the middle, mostly requiring people to mail products back, but notably taking printers and laptops back at their stores for recycling.

Retailers need to do their part

It’s time for these retailers to step up and start taking some responsibility for their role in the e-waste problem. They are selling us billions of dollars in electronics, but most are doing nothing to help us recycle them.

Walmart sold over $20 billion in electronics in the U.S. in 2012. They have 3742 stores, in all 50 states. Millions of people are buying their electronics there. Imagine if these were also recycling collection centers, that would be a big boost to the current e-waste collection infrastructure, especially in states with no e-waste recycling law.

Many of the retailers, including Walmart, tout their trade in programs, where you can mail back used items and get store credit. But the first problem is that they only take the small stuff that they can make money from (phones, tablets, cameras, etc.) and they don’t take the low value stuff that people really need help recycling – TVs, monitors, printers, VCRs, DVD players and other stuff you plug into your TV. And second, these are mail back programs. Most people won’t mail back anything but the very smallest stuff like phones. So it’s not surprising that these companies won’t disclose the volumes coming back from their mail-back trade in programs. It can’t be much. Retailers need to do what Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot have done, and use their stores as e-waste collection centers. It should be just as easy for us to recycle our old stuff as it is to buy the new stuff.

The EPA released new figures recently that show that our recycling rates have increased, but we are still only recycling about 25% of the electronics that people are getting rid of. The rest is still going into the trash. The retailers are in an excellent position to help here, since that’s where we are buying most of these products.

We’d like to see the retailers partner with some of the manufacturers, particularly the TV companies, who always struggle to create collection opportunities for their recycling programs.

But we don’t just want to focus on the brick and mortar retailers. The online guys also need to step up. Amazon is the number #3 electronics retailer, selling $19 billion in electronics last year. True, it’s a more difficult proposition for them, since they don’t have stores. But Amazon has figured out how to set up a whole network of locker delivery locations, by partnering with various other retailers, including Staples, Rite Aid, Ace Hardware, and Seven Eleven. They could do the same kind of partnering to help their customers recycle their old electronics.

As consumers, we should give our business to the retailers who are doing the right thing, and helping us recycle. Why should we support the laggards, who are sitting on the sidelines and letting Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot do all the work?

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Oct14
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Laptop Recycling for Beginners!

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They say old is gold. Well, there isn’t much to argue about because even a tech geek can extract a lot of valuable stuff out of his old, worn out, computers and laptops. Once a laptop stops working, it is discarded in a regular bin. Those who opt for the careless option, not only choose to harm the environment but also lose a good opportunity to minimize the need for the continuous production of virgin resources.

Laptop Disposal and Recycling

There are various laptop manufacturers and each of them assembles this electronic device in a unique way. Therefore, it’s not possible to provide guidelines for individuals interested in removing specific parts nor is there any use of keeping old parts for future use because they won’t fit in the upgraded models. You can search for the laptop recycling methods or the online manual of the manufacturer, though. There may actually be some video tutorials available which can teach you how to access the useful material inside a laptop.

Parts that should be disposed in a laptop:

Power supplies, Battery packs, and LCDs are the most sensitive parts which cost almost as high as purchasing a new product. LCDs especially should not be dumped just like that. They need to be properly disposed by individuals and corporations.

If the device or any part of it is broken then it is wiser to dispose them off rather than getting it repaired. It will also be wastage of time if you try to sell them off in the market. Similarly, don’t get them trashed either because they pose a threat to our environment. Instead, send them to a professional recycling facility such as Recycle USA, Inc.

Benefits of laptop recycling:

A laptop owner not only shows a sense of responsibility by contacting a registered recycler; he also adheres to the state law by doing it. Apart from the obvious monetary and environmental benefits, here are some other pointers you should keep in mind.

• Keeps The Budget In Check:

Many parts of your laptop are reusable even after being worn out.  Things like your lappy’s RAM, CMOS battery, and optical drive can be reused with external USB enclosures or kept as backups for times of emergency.

• Cashing In On Your Device:

Even broken laptops contain many valuable parts. If you can identify those parts, you can sell them off to earn some extra cash. If you simply want to replace your system, consider upgrading it. You can also replace certain parts and sell off the unwanted ones.

• How to choose a company for laptop recycling?

As the need and awareness grow, many firms are springing up to handle the situation. Problem is, not all of them are registered or qualified enough to deal with this decently. They neither provide secure destruction of sensitive data nor an easy process for the convenience of the customers.

To choose the most appropriate recycling service contractor, here is what you need to know:
• Check the list of available recycling vendor in your area.
• Find the one who is certified and recognized by the State.
• Check for the one providing an easy process. Some companies provide free pick and drop service to collect your e-waste.

Laptop recycling is important and it’s time we took the electronic waste issue seriously. What is your company’s stance on this issue? Please drop your comments and suggestion in the space given below.

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Oct13
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Top Most Benefits of LCD Monitor Recycling

News & Events, Recycling Acts & Stats ,

LCD-Monitor-RecyclingOne of the best environmental friendly practices is the proper – and I mean ‘proper’ – recycling of old monitors and LCD screens which need an upgrade or downright replacement. Now most people think that just throwing out the decrepit stuff is enough to keep their personal space empty and clean. This approach is essentially wrong.

Eventually, we all come to an understanding of Justin Timberlake’s song “what goes around comes back around.” Or perhaps, we could explain it differently that it is nature paying back to us with what we threw at it in the past.

If you didn’t get my philosophical reflection, just don’t give up yet and read on till the end. You can get back to me with your questions or opinions in the space reserved for your comments.

Why is LCD Monitor disposal so important?

Until and unless a user understands the dangers he is exposed to in his environment – because of an unusable device such as a worn out monitor or LCD – he won’t be able to improve his own getting-rid- of-eWaste practices. I don’t wanna give a long lecture, so just mentioning a few points one could easily remember. Here you go: • LCD screen contains mercury which can be found in the small back light within the LCD monitor. It can be processed to safely recover the mercury. • Each LCD monitor is evaluated to see if it can be refurbished and sold further to minimize the need for fresh production or usage of virgin material. • If thrown away without proper disposal, CRT monitors and LCDs contain dangerous materials such as phosphorous, cadmium and mercury which has the ability to spread in open air.

What is the process?
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The process is simple yet requires expert and secure services for a complete disposal of electronic device. For recycling, we provide facilities in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Washington DC, and Connecticut for free. In our processing facilities, these screens are first dismantled and then recycled into basic commodities. Actually, the process is rather fascinating if you are a material junky like us. Let me take you through it in more detail:

When the monitors and LCD screens are collected from the customer, they are first sent to a facility where usable material is sorted among the unserviceable stuff. After that, it is sent to various departments to be sorted further and most of the elements (e.g. metals, such as, copper and steel) are smelted down and turned into raw material. Lead is extracted from smelted glass. Once the useful material is in raw form, it is then sent to another place to be given a new form, such as of a fresh product or a component to create something new.

How beneficial or harmful is it for a company?

Recycling monitors and screens are beneficial for companies if they work with goodwill towards the betterment of environment. By stripping the devices of the dangerous materials and disposing everything off lawfully, companies not only build credibility in the hearts of the customers but also in the corporate world. Opting for an environment friendly business practice is the least you can do for humanity.

Interesting facts about LCD Monitor Disposal
Top Most Benefits of LCD Monitor Recycling

• To manufacture a monitor screen, it takes about 48 pounds of chemical, 539 pounds of fossil fuel, and nearly 1.5 tons of water. • Most of the stuff considered “e-waste” does not qualify as waste material. It is, in fact, reusable and marketable in parts or whole immediately. • About 85 per cent devices are disposed in landfills, which assists in the release of toxics into the air.

Conclusion:

All in all, it is advisable to every individual and corporation to opt for a professional electronic and IT recycling process. If you are one of the responsible citizens of Earth, tell us what you would do for a secure disposal of hazardous materials or share your story of e-waste recycling with us. If it’s inspiring, we might just feature it in one of our future posts.

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