A recent article from slashgear.com (found HERE) says that although there is a big movement in the United States towards preventing electronic waste from ending up in a landfill, the federal government has offered almost no guidelines for recycling electronics.

According to the article, “Back in 2011, 460,000,000 pounds of electronics were recycled. The numbers for 2012 look even better when compared to the amount of electronics recycled in 2010 when only 300,000,000 pounds were collected. The CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) also notes that by the end of 2012, 99% of the recycling handled by initiative participants was conducted via third-party certified recycling facilities. The electronics recycling initiative has a lofty goal of responsibly recycling 1,000,000,000 pounds of electronics annually by 2016. It’s a good thing that the Consumer electronics Association and the participants in its initiative are taking the task of electronics recycling upon themselves, because there is still no federal recycling mandate for electronics.”

There was an Executive Order regarding federal electronic assets (government IT equipment) that states that government agencies should try to re-use their equipment, or recycle them through an R2 recycler. Although AnythingIT does process a number of large government agencies electronic waste, there was no order regarding the private sector.

This is particularly distressing to environmental activists, since the recovery of precious metals found in electronic devices can drastically reduce the amount we mine from the earth every year. One mobile phone battery contains 3.5 grams of copper. Recycling 6,000 mobile phones produces approximately 130kg of copper, and .34kg of gold.

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Yesterday was Earth Day, a day that we should reflect on our contribution to saving the environment and living a more sustainable lifestyle.

At AnythingIT, we’re always conscious of our environmental responsibilities. Not only do we have a strict ‘zero landfill’ policy for the electronic equipment we process, but we also recycle the cardboard boxes and packing material we receive, the paper we use, and even the bottles and cans we drink from at lunch.

With more and more items becoming computerized (blenders, toys, scales, tools, etc…), the U.S. is generating more e-waste than ever before.

Here are some statistics:

On average:

  • Cell phones are replaced every 22 months.
  • Printers are replaced every 5 years.
  • Desktop computers are replaced every 2 years.
  • Americans spend approximately $120 every month on electronics.
  • 81% of the energy associated with a computer is used during the manufacture, not during operation.

This last statistic clearly demonstrates the advantages of re-use, vs. recycling. Not only does it generate a better financial return for our clients, since we will handle the resale and return the value, but providing quality, used computers slows the need for new computers to be manufactured. It also helps span “the digital divide” and helps small businesses, schools, nonprofit agencies, and other countries purchase affordable computers.

Now for the bad news.

Every year, the world tosses out 20-50 million metric tons of electronics, and only recycles 10-18%.

What IT Managers may not realize is that even older equipment (that is too old for resale) still has precious metals in the electronic components. That means that even a broken laptop will still retain some value, and disposing of it properly doesn’t have to cost a thing.

Contact us to find out which environmental certifications you should look for in an electronics recycler for your business.

Or visit:

www.ban.org

www.treehugger.com

www.anythingit.com

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Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2013 and we are as committed as ever to spreading the word about e-waste and how to have a sustainable IT Asset Disposal program that benefits the environment and your budget.

On Tuesday, April 16th, AnythingIT is hosting a free, 20 minute webinar- “How to have an environmentally and financially sustainable IT Disposal program. Learn the environmental impact of not disposing of your corporate electronics properly, best practices for proper disposal, and how to have a sustainable IT disposal plan that doesn’t cost any more than throwing it away. In fact, there may even be a financial return.

Click HERE to add to your calendar.

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2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.

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Also on Tuesday, April 16th, we will be exhibiting at the Northern New Jersey Sustainable Resources and Networking Forum from 5:00 – 8:00pm in Sparta, NJ.  Sustainable Jersey is partnering with the Sparta Green Team to present local resources that will help save energy and money.

Read more about the event HERE.

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, AnythingIT will be exhibiting at the Bergen County Utilities Authority Green Up trade show and exhibit in Paramus, NJ.  We are excited to meet other green businesses and help keep e-waste out of our local landfills.

Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.

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