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WMNF Helps Gather 59,000 Pounds of Electronic Recycling

Naveen Sultan about over 1 year ago

Creative Recycling Systems has been able to make a giant contribution to electronic recycling thanks to WMNF and the Government of Loudoun County. Congratulations to the most sustainably conscious and dedicated listeners a station could have (WMNF listeners of course!) Read this article for details on just how much you've been able to accomplish.

Creative Recycling Systems Announces Successful Electronics Recycling Collections

Recent collection events spared over 29 tons of computers and electronics from landfills.

Creative Recycling Systems (CRS), a leader in IT Asset Management and Electronics Recycling, announced today that its recent collection events with WMNF Community Radio in Tampa and the Government of Loudoun County, VA were a rousing success, taking in over 59,000 pounds of surplus and end-of-life electronics for proper and safe recycling. Residents and businesses in the Tampa area were able to drop off their electronics at the WMNF station leading up to Earth Day. Loudoun County residents were able to recycle their electronics in Ashburn on May 4th.

Sheila Cowley, Operations Manager at WMNF, was thrilled with the final numbers. “That is astounding…even carrying a big old bunch of that out the door myself, I'm completely surprised.” Tiffini Schwarzkopf, Director of Marketing at CRS, was pleased with the results of both collections. “We know that the Tampa and Ashburn communities are always looking for ways to participate in sustainability initiatives. These collaborations with WMNF and Loudoun County were a great way for us to provide our electronic recycling services to these local communities. In addition to the good done for the environment, we think it was an opportunity for these organizations to position themselves as sustainability leaders that do what it takes to help our environment.” She added, “Over 29 tons of electronics will now be properly recycled and none of the harmful components will enter our atmosphere. When we can be part of keeping that amount of potentially hazardous waste out of our landfills it’s a win-win not only for the communities of Tampa and Ashburn but for everyone."

The impact the electronics could have on humans and our environment is staggering. According to the United Nations Environment Program, each computer screen contains about 20% lead by weight. If not recycled properly, these computers can leach--if broken or even stockpiled--and expose lead, which is highly toxic to people of all ages. This is a very real problem solved by end-of-life electronic recycling.

All of the collected materials are processed at CRS’ state-of-the-art recycling facilities where they go through a hierarchy of Reuse, Recover, and Recycle. The first step is to determine if a product can be refurbished and put back into the market. If it cannot, but still has functioning parts, the best parts are used to make a whole machine to be put back on the market. If products are non-functioning and at their true end-of-life, they are broken down to a commodity level and fully recycled. CRS’ facilities are capable of handling over 300 million pounds of electronics per year.

Note: All items that could contain sensitive data (hard drives, etc) are properly sanitized.

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