Results are in: 54,414 pounds of electronic waste was recycled at the May 19th event!
There are more than 5 million tons of old electronics sitting in basements, closets and drawers across the country. An additional 2 million new tons are added to the waste stream each year. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is the fastest growing segment of the nation's waste stream; 82 percent of the 2.25 million tons of old televisions, cell phones, and computer products generated in the last two years has ended up in landfills. By recycling old electronic products, useful materials such as glass, plastic and metal can be reused in the manufacture of other products.
As an ethical recycler of electronics, Waste Management assures consumers that all electronics are processed responsibly and that all standards set in the Basel Action Network (BAN) are met or exceeded. BAN is a national nonprofit that works to confront the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies).
Waste Management cuts each hard drive into four pieces. It is then sent to a local shredder (audited by Basal Action Network) and shredded into pieces smaller than a half dollar. This procedure protects donors from others reading or stealing data.
To make recycling of electronic products easy and convenient at the eCycling drop-off location, residents will not need to get out of their vehicles. The eCycling crew members will collect all acceptable electronic products from trunks or pickup beds. Products not acceptable for eCycling will be left in the vehicles.
***Residential electronics only***
* Computers / CPUs
* Computer Peripherals (mice, keyboards, Speakers)
* Computer monitors
* Fax machines / Photocopiers / Printers
* Toner Cartridges
* Home and Office Phones
* DVD players and electric alarm clocks
* Cell Phones
* Microwave ovens
* Large Appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryer, etc)
* Air conditioners
* Any unit containing sludge or liquids
* Fire and smoke alarms and detectors
* Non-decontaminated medical equipment
Questions? Contact Sustain Arvada 720-898-7500 www.arvada.org/sustainability