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Electronic Waste Recycling Event Guide

C.A.R.E. For The Environment

                         Electronic Waste Recycling Event Guide
C.A.R.E. For The Environment

 

 COMMUNITY

Setting up a recycling program provides an opportunity to reach people and groups not typically included in recycling programs.  Schools, businesses and the government can all benefit from computer-recycling events. Small businesses and residents do not typically have a chance to recycle these items; so particular attention should be paid to these underserved groups.

 

AWARENESS

According to an ABC News article only about 10% of Computers in the U. S. are now currently recycled.  Where do the rest go? Landfills? Overseas?  It is important to make your community aware of the problem and your event is the perfect pl

 

RECYLING

The best recycling is reuse.  Through OCC&R’s retail store, when possible we are able to put items directly back into the community; this accounts for less than 5% of all materials collected. Most items are obsolete and are broken down to simple components. i.e.: raw material such as copper, steel, aluminum, plastics, etc.

 

ENVIRONMEN

Diverting toxic materials from landfills or going overseas can help keep environmental contamination to a minimum. According to the EPA, electronics and lead acid batteries

are the largest contributors to lead being found in landfills. Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s) found in monitors and televisions are the most toxic components in computer equipment because they contain up to 40% lead. California is the first state to make it illegal to dump CRT’s into landfills. California has initiated an Electronic Waste Recycling Fee for all new monitors, televisions, plasma screens and laptops. CRT Fees go to recyclers like OCC&R who ensure the proper disposal of such material.