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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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Better efforts would be made...
By RandallMoore on 7/27/2009 8:45:29 PM , Rating: 1
Better efforts would be made towards making it MANDATORY to participate in simple recycling! How hard would it be to throw away plastic/paper goods in a different container? Even my apartment complex is too cheap to participate in any kind of recycling. I would literally have to drive miles out of my way to do it. Fix problems like this, and we'll be much better off.




RE: Better efforts would be made...
By randomposter on 7/27/2009 10:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
You can make it as mandatory as you want. You will still be faced with the following 2 kinds of people:
1) retards with an IQ somewhere south of 80 who put food waste in a clearly marked receptacle for recyclable glass, and glass bottles in a clearly marked receptacle for recyclable newspaper.
2) assholes who think they're too precious to spend 2.5 seconds putting things where they belong, and who put food waste in a clearly marked receptacle for recyclable glass, and glass bottles in a clearly marked receptacle for recyclable newspaper.


By AnnihilatorX on 7/28/2009 3:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
What you mentioned happens regardless of whether it's mandatory or not.

There will be a new scheme coming (of my town in UK) where previously bottles, glass, plastics etc we have to manually carry to supermarkets to recycle, we can now drop off in a provided box and put it in our front garden. The only thing we have to sort out is between garbage, paper and recyclable plastic/glass containers.


By Spivonious on 7/28/2009 8:48:41 AM , Rating: 2
It's mandatory in my township. Glass/Plastic/Aluminum goes in one container, newspaper in another, and other trash in another.

If you're found to be purposefully not separating the trash, you can be prosecuted.


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