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May 2015

Electronics Recycling and Transparency

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I am a terrible liar. It’s never something I’ve been able to do well. I also can’t keep secrets. Both of these can often be perceived as negative attributes, however in the electronics recycling industry, they are both something to be proud of.

 

Industry certifications (R2/RIOS and e-Steward) keep everyone honest. The majority of the companies that are in existence play by the rules and are able to disclose to a vendor where all of their material will end up. It’s the diligence of tracking and maintaining a strong book of records that makes this industry unique. When a company fails to provide adequate tracking of their downstream vendors, it is a red flag and business will lost on their end. At the same time, when a full package of material is sent to me from my vendors, it makes everything easy to manage and business can continue to grow.

 

The certifications are here to help weed out those who don’t want to play by the rules. And in all honesty, the rules are pretty simple: don’t lie and practice what you preach.

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May 2015

Recycling Servers

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The cloud has given us not only a very useful tool to share and store data, but also provides us with more physical space in our work environments. Not long ago, rooms were full of server farms that held all of a company’s data and kept things running smoothly. Now, these rooms and the servers that they held are not as necessary as they were before. The difficult thing is trouble shooting how to get all of those old server cabinets out of the building and to a certified recycler.

 

ecoTech has worked with many companies to help remove these farms and help downsize the servers that are required to run an operation. Anytime new technology is introduced, it’s important to recycle the old rather than let it tie up space in an office. Your space should be used as efficiently as possible, and storing old electronics isn’t a great way to operate a company. It’s also important to make sure that any data containing material is secured and destroyed. The longer it sits in a server in an office, the more exposure your data has to being handled improperly.

 

The times and technology will continue to change, but it’s important to stay on top of what happens to your old server systems and make sure they are recycled. It will benefit the company in the long run!

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May 2015

New York State Electronics and Reuse Act

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Effective January 2015, it is now illegal in the state of NY to dispose of electronics in a landfill. This is a huge step forward by the state to promote responsible and environmentally friendly efforts when it comes to electronics recycling. By keeping old electronics out of the landfill, it will eliminate the negative effects that the hazardous materials inside of the electronics can have on the environment. In CRT’s, the leaded glass can seep into water pools and can cause significant problems for both this generation and future generations to come.

 

This step by New York State is important for many reasons. It sets an example and a commitment toward the recycling industry to promote positive change when it comes to electronics recycling. The law will fine those who are illegally disposing of electronics and it is my hope that the enforcement of this law will be strict. There is no room for error when it comes to responsible recycling. Either it happens or it doesn’t and those who do not follow the law should be fined significantly.

 

The law has been long in the works and it is a great way to start off 2015 with it officially in effect. Hopefully more states will come on board and promote positive recycling efforts in the future!

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