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Trash company stepping up its green efforts

Recycling of electronics waste, so called "e-waste", is one of the hottest environmental topics of late.  With an unprecedented amount of consumer electronics being purchased, an equally unprecedented amount is heading to landfills, creating a mess.  Older electronics is particularly loathsome as much of it contains lead, halogens, and other dangerous chemicals.

Waste Management, an interstate waste/trash company, last year announced partnerships with Zenith, LG, and Sony to allow customers to drop off electronics from these brands, for free, at over 200 eCycling drop-off centers across the country.  Now the company has found another partner -- iGo, maker of power adapters and connectors -- and has announced plans to expand its recycling efforts.

Patrick DeRueda, president of WM Recycle America states, "We are always looking for new partners and new ways to increase the recycling of e-waste, one of the fastest growing consumer waste streams. Our partnership with iGo will help capture and recycle more electronic equipment and instead of disposing these materials, repurpose them into new consumer goods."

Waste Management is promising to increase its total amount of recycled materials from 8 million tons this year to 20 million tons by 2020.  This nearly threefold increase will take place thanks in part to the new deal and its increased e-waste efforts.  The company currently recycles large volumes of paper, plastic and metals, much of it gathered from curbside neighborhood programs.  The company is also actively expanding its processing of other e-waste materials such as compact fluorescent bulbs, batteries and other household electronics.

Waste Management's PR representative Johnathan Wenda cheered the new efforts stating, "Through its partnerships with Sony, LG and now iGo electronics, Waste Management is providing an environmental solution to the disposal of electronics waste, an environmentally hazardous and rapidly growing waste stream."



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by recycling....
By TheSpaniard on 7/27/2009 8:08:02 PM , Rating: 3
by recycling do they mean shipping it to China and India to dump?




RE: by recycling....
By Motoman on 7/27/2009 8:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, don't be so racist. Everybody, regarless of race or ethnicity is entitled to get lead poisoning from electronic waste.


RE: by recycling....
By Lonyo on 7/27/2009 10:07:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, they send it to Brazil and Nigeria as well.
And hey, probably Poland. Don't forget Poland!


RE: by recycling....
By TSS on 7/27/2009 10:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
Heh.. i was thinking "Just continue shipping it to Africa, they've been stripping the parts just fine".


RE: by recycling....
By Aloonatic on 7/28/2009 2:08:42 AM , Rating: 2
It's not just the parts hat are being stripped, but the information off of drives that people don't even bother to delete or format (let alone anything that may actually remove the data), leaving personal information, passwords, banking details etc to be sold and exploited.


RE: by recycling....
By CPA on 7/27/2009 11:05:07 PM , Rating: 4
I work for Waste Management. Sorry, we don't ship anything out of country.

Interestingly, we are just now getting into a recycling contract in China. No landfills involved because China does not have the same stringent rules as the US regarding leachate, liners, capping, etc. The company felt it was not prudent to step back from proven environmentally sound landfill management we utilize in the US.

So, next time you comment on a company maybe you should do a little research first.


RE: by recycling....
By TheSpaniard on 7/27/2009 11:24:35 PM , Rating: 4
this has nothing to do with the company specifically...

it has to do with all these "green recycling" contracts these companies win only to turn out they were smuggling them into other countries to poison their enviroment


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