Hats off to  the NJ DEP.

While everyone knows the importance of electronic recycling, the NJ DEP website provides a valuable resource to both consumers and businesses.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/recycling/

From waste reduction ideas for the holidays to case studies that demonstrate the economic benefits of recycling, NJ DEP offers programs, information, and environmental comparisons to facilitate the proper disposal of solid waste in New Jersey. New Jersey E-cycles Webpage provides you with all of the information you need to know regarding the “Electronics Waste Management Act”  (The Act)’s requirement for a FREE and environmentally sound recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops, portable computers and televisions.

Facts from the NJ DEP website:

  • Recycling saves money for manufacturers by reducing energy costs. In 2001, New Jersey’s recycling efforts saved a total of 128 trillion BTU’s of energy, equal to nearly 17.2% of all energy used by industry in the state, with a value of $570 million.
  • The sale of recycled products is an increasingly important component of the retail sector and commerce, in general. There are over 1,000 different types of recycled products on the market and due to changes in technology and increased demand, today’s recycled products meet the highest quality standards. Recycled products are also more readily available than ever before and are affordable. By purchasing recycled products, consumers are helping to create long-term stable markets for the recyclable materials that are collected from New Jersey homes, businesses and institutions.
  • The economic value of clean air, water and land is significant, but difficult to quantify. Since recycling plays an important role in protecting these natural resources it must be attributed an economic value in this context, as well.
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Government Technology Magazine recently published an article asking government agencies how they will handle the end of WindowsXP.

(Read the full article HERE)

The article states, “In about five months, Microsoft will discontinue support for the second most popular operating system of all time: Windows XP, which is second only to Windows 7. After April 8, any organization that wants continued support for Windows XP or Office 2003 will be required to pay a per computer yearly fee with a minimum buy-in of $500,000. With an estimated 31 percent of all computers in the world running Windows XP, it’s unlikely that every device will be transitioned to a modern operating system in time for the deadline. And with hackers now saving newly discovered XP vulnerabilities until after the deadline, intrusions are expected to peak in the spring for those who haven’t upgraded.”

Because of the logistical problems that the public sector faces when upgrading to newer equipment, many federal agencies will be left vulnerable. The Japanese government reported that it cannot afford to upgrade more than 200,000 of its systems off XP, which it projected would cost about $2.4 billion. In addition, in the U.S., it’s likely that at least a few unwitting or underfunded governments will get left behind and become vulnerable to attack.

There is no dispute that the end of the operating system will cause huge budget hits to both the public and private sector. Organizations are faced with the decisions on whether to replace or upgrade current equipment, or risk the inevitable security threats.

Download a copy of AnythingIT’s free white paper: The End of Windows XP- Making the Right Economic Decision

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AnythingIT to Host Consumer Electronic Recycling Event

AnythingIT will be hosting a Consumer Electronics Recycling Event on Thursday,  January 9, 2014 from 10am – 2pm. The event will allow the general public to recycle unwanted, displaced and unused consumer electronics at no cost at AnythingIT’s headquarters, located at 17-09 Zink Place, Fair Lawn, N.J. 07410.

All materials received at the event will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner by AnythingIT, an e-Stewards Certified company and NJDEP Class D Permit Holder. Every pound of material received will be sorted and recycled with material of similar composition with downstream accountability.

David Bernstein, CEO at AnythingIT states, “We encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity by dropping off their old computer equipment so they can be disposed of responsibly. AnythingIT is dedicated to our local community and the environment.  With the coming holidays, I am sure many household will be purchasing the latest technology devices, leaving the older systems and products to collect dust in the basements and attics across the region.  This is a rare opportunity for our local community to be rid of these items without proving caustic to the environment.”

Equipment eligible for drop off; Consumer electronics, including laptops, desktop computers, flat screen monitors, tablets and e-readers, CRT monitors, Televisions, DVD/CD/Blu-Ray players, cassette players and home audio equipment, microwave ovens, video game consoles,  wireless and cellular products, chargers, networking equipment, camera and video equipment, household products and other computer equipment.  Smart Phones or Cellphones that are received will be provided to a non-profit organization that provides telecommunications for domestic violence and abusive situations.  Working Laptops that are received will be given to returning military personnel and veterans through the “Work Vessels for Vets” organization.

The Following Items are Not Accepted; Refrigerators, Air Conditioners and anything that uses a coolant, such as Freon, to function.  Propane containers, fuel storage containers and anything that uses a fuel storage for functionality where the fuel source is intact.

Contact us for details:
201.475.7300

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We recently release a new white paper, “The Use of Prison Labor -The Economic, Environmental, and Security Concerns”.

Here’s an excerpt from the white paper:

“In 1865, slavery and involuntary servitude was abolished by the 13th Amendment except as punishment for crime.1

In 1871, the Virginia Supreme Court declared that prisoners were ‘slaves of the state”.2

In the federal prison system, 100% of able bodied prisoners are required to work, according to the U.S. General Accounting office of the Prisoner Labor Division. Starting in 1997, UNICOR, a corporation that employs prisoners in a variety of capacities to process electronic waste and produce goods and services for federal agencies began to accept computers, monitors, printers, and other types of e-waste for recycling at federal prisons. UNICOR sold these e-waste items to its customers, sometimes following refurbishment, or disassembled the items into their component parts and sold the parts to recyclers for further processing. As of June 2010, UNICOR had 103 factories at 73 prison locations, employing approximately 17,000 inmates or 11 percent of the inmate population. UNICOR’s minimum wage is $0.23 an hour.”

Download the white paper HERE

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e-stewardsThis week, AnythingIT Inc. announced it has completed a successful surveillance of E-Stewards certification for a second consecutive year.

e-Stewards Certification is rapidly emerging as the leading global program designed to enable individuals and organizations who dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recyclers that adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection. Certification prohibits all toxic waste from being disposed of in landfills and incinerators and requires full compliance with existing international hazardous waste treaties for export. Certified companies are specifically prohibited from exporting hazardous waste to developing countries or from using prison labor to recycle electronics, which often contain embedded sensitive data.

“We are really pleased with another successful audit. AnythingIT is dedicated to providing the highest level of global environmental sustainability and security. Our e-Steward certification reflects that”, says David Bernstein, CEO at AnythingIT.

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