Long before I began my career in the waste industry, I was aware of the simplicity of and reasons for recycling. I was an Eagle Scout, and we were trained to always leave our campsite cleaner than we found it. It makes sense, then, that companies should have that same mantra toward our environment and natural resources. As a longtime resident and now business owner in the Upstate of South Carolina, I’ve always been thankful for the beauty of our region. Nowhere else in the world will you find the views and access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, lakes, our storied downtown, and low cost of living. It’s hard to imagine our mountains littered with waste, or our air full of smog and contaminants.

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Lake Jocassee, as appeared in USA Today Travel Tips

It might seem we take our beautiful area for granted. You don’t often hear stories in the local news about our air quality. Sure, in the warmer months of Summer our weather forecasters advise us of air quality alerts. Rarely do those alerts significantly alter our daily life or cause us much concern. However, as an attendee for the recent Ten at the Top Clean Air Upstate seminar, it was shocking to begin to understand the importance of air quality and how we can impact it in our daily lives.

Large cities like Los Angeles must monitor and manage their air quality relentlessly. Look out the window on a flight to LAX and you won’t need to watch the local news or conduct a google search to know the air isn’t the cleanest you’ve breathed. However, did you know it takes, and there has been for quite some time, a concerted effort to maintain the air quality we enjoy in the Upstate? Long gone are the days of ignoring ozone levels or blaming our neighbors Atlanta and Charlotte for drifting smog. We’re sharing the air in the Upstate with over 800,000 vehicles on the road per day, and it was shocking to learn the true impact of air quality on our individual health.

Studies now show that air pollution, and exposure to particulate matter (the tiny particles in the air that make up pollution levels) can cause an inflammatory response. It’s official. If we don’t take care of the environment, our health will suffer. It’s even been proven, based on the inflammatory response, that unhealthy air can cause diabetes. With statistics and knowledge like this, what can we do? What can the business and civic community do?

Simply put, businesses must include sustainability practices and waste reduction in their overall operating strategies. As the organizations employing and shaping our community, it’s up to us to ensure our community remains the desirable and healthy place to live, work and play that it is today. As I sat and listened and learned from the many leaders attending the Clean Air Upstate event, it became evident that we all shared a common goal for our companies. Yes, it feels good to do good. But, where sustainability is concerned, it quickly proves itself as a benefit for both the bottom line and the environment. Having an attitude of conservation and waste reduction is always beneficial to a company’s results, and the people and community it serves.

Recycling is a natural first step in a sustainability strategy, and it’s more impactful than many people realize. After learning the ways in which local companies are reducing their impact on the environment, I became curious exactly how recycling could impact the environment beyond the obvious waste reduction benefits.

Overall waste reduction, and limiting what we ultimately send to landfills, has a significant impact on the air quality in the Upstate. According to the EPA, landfills are the third largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US. As we are well aware, methane is a highly potent green-house gas, often times more than 30% more hazardous in its contribution to global warming than CO2.

Those are scary statistics. There is something we can all do. It may sound so simple, but it all starts with recycling.

I think we can all agree, waste reduction and sustainability are good for companies, good for our community, and good for the environment. Yet, the big question is how. Sustainability is a word many of us considered a buzz word not too long ago. As evidenced by the companies in attendance at the Clean Air Upstate event, it’s not difficult to take steps and implement programs that reduce our impact on the environment and improve our profitability. It can be as simple as a commitment to recycle office waste or reduce idle time of delivery trucks. We can all start small and see a big impact, resulting in our beautiful community of Greenville remaining the desirable and healthy place it is to live and work today.

School is back in action and what better ways than learning some tips and tricks to keep school lunches eco-friendly.

Using prepackaged food is extremely easy in a morning rush.

More often than not eating prepackaged food is less healthy and not to mention the footprint it leaves on the environment everyday these items are thrown out filling landfills and the ocean.

Reusable containers.

Instead of using single use sandwich bags invest in some reusable containers and go for trash free lunches. They come in different colors and patterns that make them extremely fun for kids.

Meat and dairy products have a high impact on the environment.

Even though your kids may not realize what that means you will want to get creative when making their lunches. Themes for each day of the week can be exciting, meatless Mondays can be a good starting point. Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches are a good standby option, but think ahead and plan for hummus wraps or soups.

It’s okay to be picky, sometimes.

Taking a closer look what is in the meat you are using. Processed meat can be high in sodium and can be harmful to digest. Shopping for organic, antibiotic-free meat and dairy items are a healthier option.

Keep it local.

Buying produce from local producers can help reduce the carbon footprint but more importantly helps the community you live in. Get the kids out and start a family garden with some plants and use them in your meals.

Go with the season.

Crops have seasons and if the particular food you want isn’t in season where you live its more than likely being shipped in from somewhere else. Changing meals with the seasons can also help the kids not get bored with the same meals.

Dirty dozen.

We understand eating all organic isn’t always an option for financial reasons. If so stay away from the “dirty dozen”. This is a group of foods that have more exposure to pesticides. These foods are apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, blueberries, and potatoes.

Water bottle.

Packing sodas and juice boxes is an easy way out. Even though most schools offer recycling choosing to use an eco-friendly water bottle is better. Take the kids and pick a water bottle full of personality to match theirs.

Encourage a green thumb.

Getting crafty at home is always a terrific idea and encouraging a green thumb is the best option. Creating a compost pile at home is a great way to demonstrate giving back to the soil. Get the kids involved by encouraging them to bring home the core of their apple and pits of their peaches.

It’s time to leave the kids table behind.

Society has started the idea of “kid food” being less healthy and more processed food than their parents. Being healthy can be fun so let the kids live a healthy life with plenty of greens on their plate.

To learn more about our Greenville recycling services contact the Ever Green Environmental team today at (864) 239-9800 or email.

As a business owner, it has never been more important to recycle. The problem for many organizations is that they do not have the proper education around what items around the workplace are recyclable. If you are in Upstate South Carolina, Charlotte, NC or Western NC, our team at Ever Green Environmental is here to be a recycling resource for your business. Team up with us and consider boosting the recycling options that you have around the office for your employees. Even though your business may only encompass just a small fraction of the people in this area, you can still make a difference by adapting easy recycling practices around the office and starting an office recycling program.

Recycling Items You May Overlook

With your mind so focused on the daily activities of running a business, recycling often gets put on the back burner. The good news about proper recycling is that you can start anytime! Here at Ever Green Environmental, we wanted to make business owners aware of key recycling items around the office that you may overlook. These include:

Breakroom Appliances

Don’t throw away that old microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher or stovetop. Instead, let our team help you properly recycle these items. If they are still working, other businesses may even take them off of your hands.

Used Batteries

What do you do currently with the used batteries around your office? Do you understand the dangers of improperly handling your e-waste recycling? If you’ve been throwing them away, it is time for a change! Let Ever Green Environmental set you up with a specific location for your employees to drop off used batteries. Then, you can make sure that these are properly recycled.

Shipping Boxes

If you are a business owner, chances are that you receive packages nearly every day. Those shipping cardboard boxes that are used to transfer your items can easily be recycled.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Do you have some fluorescent light bulbs that need to be replaced? Let Ever Green Environmental help you properly recycle those fluorescent light bulbs.

Printer Ink

Don’t throw away those used ink/toner cartridges, as they may actually be worth something. Depending on the brand, recycling locations may pay you a small amount of money for these cartridges. We’ll help you with this process.


Envelopes that have the built in plastic can be recycled and made into new plastics.

So, if you run a business in the Upstate South Carolina, Charlotte, NC or Western NC areas, our team at Ever Green Environmental is eager to help enhance your business recycling program. As you can see, there are plenty of items around the office that people don’t realize are recyclable.
To learn more about how we can help strengthen the recycling habits around your office, give us a call today at (864) 230-9800 or email us. We look forward to working with you soon.

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While composting has been around for many years, our population is just now catching on to how useful it can really be. If you were to ask any environmentalist about composting, it’s likely that you would get a slew of giant words that basically mean it’s great for the environment and everyone should do it! This is all true! At Ever Green Environmental, we want to break it down for those who aren’t environmentalists and are just looking for ways to invest in themselves and the environment around them. Here are three interesting composting tips that you’ve likely never heard of!

1 • It Does Not Have to Stink

When polled about composting, the average household argued that they opt out of composting simply because of the smell. Here’s a tip for all composting curious residents: if you have the proper materials, it doesn’t have to stink! The goal is to create an aerobic condition where microorganisms can break down your scraps without causing bad odor. How do you create an aerobic condition? Color-code your compost! Each layer added to the compost should be two to three parts brown and one part green. By brown, we mean things like shredded newspapers, papers, dead leaves, napkins, etc. By green, we mean fruits and vegetables that have gone bad or scraped off of a plate, breads, coffee grounds, grass clippings. If you have too much of one thing, place it in a bag in the freezer or stash it in a pail until it’s ready to go!

2 • Eggs-actly What We Need

A great compost pile should be a combination of many things placed in thin layers. If you are using eggs, crumbled eggshells are the perfect additive to make your compost rich in calcium. With the average American eating over 250 eggs per year, imagine what life would be like if we composted all those egg shells!

3 • Lasagna Composting

The standard for composting is having a bin that you continue to go to for compost. While that may work for some people, others have looked into gardening and composting in the same spot. Lasagna composting is an alternative to the normal ways in which you compost right in your garden. Build up your layers and leave it there for an entire six months without touching it. Then, plant right on top of your beautiful and lush garden site! Composting doesn’t get much easier than that!

Want to learn more about composting and other ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle? Call Ever Green Environmental today at 864-230-9800.

Recycling News

Greenville, SC-
April 1, 2017- Ever Green Environmental, LLC, an Upstate South Carolina based recycling company, announced that it has acquired Recycle Grand Strand, a residential and commercial recycling company serving the coastal community of Grand Strand.
Recycle Grand Strand has been dedicated to keeping the Grand Strand “Ever Green” since 2008. With customers from Georgetown to the North Carolina line, no matter how large or small, Recycle Grand Strand and Ever Green Environmental can help you with your recycling needs.
Ever Green Environmental welcomes both, Recycle Grand Strand’s wonderful customer base as well as its passionate and creative owner, Kira Roff, to the Ever Green Environmental team.

About Ever Green Environmental

Ever Green Environmental, based in Greenville, South Carolina is the premier recycling hauler serving the Upstate of South Carolina, serving businesses and industries of all sizes to start or expand their company recycling programs.
Ever Green Environmental develops strategic partnerships making recycling of paper, cardboard and electronic devices easy. Allowing businesses to operate “Ever Green”.
To learn more about Ever Green Environmental and how your company can begin a recycling program, visit www.goevergreenllc.com or call 864-230-9800.

In today’s world, we increasingly rely on electronics to stay connected to friends, family, and our workplaces. The newest iPhone tops everyone’s wishlist, new game consoles are being released right in time for the holidays, and that all leads up to more and more old electronics going unused, being tossed into closets, or going out with the trash. Our dependence on electronics (and the speed with which new versions are released and old ones discarded) leads to serious national and global issues. As electronic waste graveyards build up in developing nations or pile up in our own landfills, it can be hard to see anything positive coming out of this ever-growing concern. However, we strive to not just talk about the downsides here, but also the good news in ewaste recycling, as well.
One of the upsides to our consumption of electronics is that ewaste may be a leading creator of jobs in the future.

So, How Does Electronic Waste Create Jobs?

Collection, process, and preparation. This is our focus, and the ewaste recycling industry is growing rapidly as the problem becomes more widely understood. The more people know about why it’s so important to recycle their electronics rather than throwing them out, the more demand there will be. Companies like ours are increasingly needed to provide pickup (or a convenient drop-off location), sorting, and processing services in order to help the useful parts make it to the next step in the process. Even hard drives can be wiped clean (or shredded) if need be to ensure the utmost security in the recycling process.
The creation of new electronics through recycling. Once the sorting and processing is through, the reusable and recyclable parts make their way to other companies and facilities that are designed to take the parts and pieces and create entirely new products out of them. Even big-name electronics companies have opened whole new departments that specialize in figuring out what parts of their products can be most easily recycled and reused within their own facilities.
Resell and reuse. Many discarded or outdated electronics will find their way to wholesalers, who can either sell the individual parts to other companies or individuals to build with or outright put together new electronics themselves. This business is thriving through word-of-mouth, and offers customers the ability to purchase products like desktop and laptop computers with the same functionality as pricey new ones, but at very discounted prices.

But Disposal Creates Jobs, Too, Right?

It’s true — the demand for disposal of electronic waste, even when that disposal involves illegally dumping electronics in landfills, does create some jobs. After all, someone has to sift through the trash to find electronics, and in many countries thousands of people make their living digging through “technology graveyards” searching for the valuable minerals inside cell phones and computers that have been thrown out or discarded by others. In many cases, however, those workers are put at great physical risk and end up sick or disabled due to the toxic chemicals and unsafe working conditions. Recycling, on the other hand, can be done with safety measures in place to protect employees and ensure that the toxic minerals inside electronics will never find their way into groundwater, soil, or your skin.
The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that an increased focus on recycling electronics as opposed to disposal could lead to over 1 million new jobs by the year 2030. Electronic Asset Recycling is proud to be at the forefront of the movement to create a greener earth through the safe, legal recycling of electronic waste. Whether you’re a business looking to offload pallets of old computers that currently just take up space, a family looking for a safe place to get rid of old game consoles, laptop computers, or other electronics, or even a wholesaler looking for parts you could reuse or resell, we’re the business to partner with! You can reach us by phone at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online to request a pickup today!

It’s one of the hard truths about electronic waste — due to our increasing dependence on mobile devices, tablets, and computers for our personal and professional lives, and the speed with which old models become obsolete and are replaced with new ones, ewaste continues to be the fastest-growing type of waste in the world. While many companies have made an effort to recycle their electronic waste responsibly, safely, and legally, many more still continue to deny the problem or choose not to invest in a sustainable future.
What are the risks and results of this continued denial? Let’s take a look.

Ewaste Builds Up — With Nowhere to Go

When you don’t have a plan for recycling electronic waste, you have two choices: you can take a serious legal risk by trying to secretly throw it out, or you can toss those old computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and other outdated or unused electronics into an empty room and try to forget about it. Many companies do just that, and their closets, storage rooms, and even unused offices fill up with machines the employees can’t even turn on anymore. If that sounds like your business, you need to look into partnering with a company like Electronic Asset Recycling to dispose of your ewaste safely and legally, with just one phone call. Denying there’s a problem leads to less room for growth, new technology, or even employees.
The results? A cluttered, unproductive office full of old machines your staff has to maneuver around. They gather dust and the chaos looks unprofessional to customers and clients.

You Take a Chance — And Risk Serious Fines

Letting electronics pile up around your office is bad, but your other option is even worse — trying to just sneak it into the landfill on the sly. This is a serious problem, and in South Carolina the legislature has created some serious repercussions. Not only will companies caught dumping electronic waste illegally face time in court, they’ll also be responsible for any and all cleanup fees for the entire duration it takes DHEC to perform the cleanup operation. On top of that? Your business will be looking at fees of up to $10,000 a day. Dumping ewaste is illegal, and South Carolina wants to ensure that businesses within their borders do the right thing and keep toxic materials out of landfills.
The results? Court fees, cleanup fees, daily fines, and a serious blow to your company’s reputation when the story makes the news.

Pollution Worsens — Right Here At Home

A common way that unscrupulous “ewaste disposal” companies will get rid of those outdated electronics in order to technically comply with local and federal laws is simply to export it overseas, where it winds up in “ewaste graveyards” that are doing serious harm to less-developed nations. Many companies may turn a blind eye to this, thinking that out of sight equals out of mind. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. As laws are made to close the loopholes that allow these exports to take place, more and more ewaste disposal companies find themselves unable to afford the cost of exporting ewaste overseas — and some old electronics are finding their way into landfills and water supplies right here at home, where the breakdown of their components contains toxic materials like mercury, cadmium, and lead that are known to cause serious physical problems in people who ingest or even just come into contact with them.
The results? As ewaste denial leads to more and more of these electronic parts left to rot in landfills, people both across the globe and right at here at home will face an increasing chance of serious toxicity in their soil and groundwater.
When you choose to practice “ewaste denial” you are taking some serious risks, and we’ve laid out the results and how they could affect you and your business, both now and into the future. While none of this is good, there is some good news: more companies are recycling electronic waste now than ever before. There’s still room for improvement, though, and we’d love to help your business be one of the first to fully embrace ewaste recycling and the idea of sustainable technology. Interested in learning about how your ewaste problem can disappear with just one phone call? Let us walk you through it! Give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online for more details on how easy it is to partner with Ever Green Environmental.

While we’ve been talking more about why you should be recycling your ewaste, we haven’t really gone in depth on what exactly it is that you’re recycling.
Did you know that all computers are generally made up of the same components? It’s true! And each of those components are made up of the same materials regardless of which brand, size, or quality computer you buy. They’re even the same between laptop and desktop models! So when it’s time to recyle that computer, what exatly are you getting rid of?

So, What’s In My Computer?

We’re glad you asked! Here is a list of all the components that make your computer work, and the materials that make up each of the components:

  • Memory Stick: fiberglass, gold, and a circuit chip
  • Processor: fiberglass, aluminum, and gold
  • Finger Board / Expansion Card: fiberglass, gold, and a circuit chip
  • Mother Board: fiberglass, gold, battery, and microchips
  • Wire: copper with a plastic coating
  • Ribbon Wire: copper with a plastic coating
  • Heat Sink: aluminum
  • Hard Drive: aluminum, magnets, and a circuit board
  • Power Supply: steel, copper, and a circuit board
  • Media Drive: aluminum, steel, and a circuit board
  • Fan: plastic
  • Case: metal

Can All Those Computer Components Be Recycled?

Nearly all of these materials can be treated or processed in order to make them more suitable for reuse, which will keep countless pounds of potentially dangerous materials out of landfills. Even if the materials can’t be reused, the leftover chemicals in batteries, for example, they can be safely contained and responsibly disposed of. Our goal is to turn everything we collect into reusable components and commodities.
Now, we understand that you may be concerned about recycling your computer when it contains a hard drive filled with personal client information, but you don’t need to be! Not only can we guarantee the erasure of all sensitive data, but we can also physically destroy the hard drive itself if you need that level of security.
We offer a Total Destruction Guarantee, we have the ability to shred hard drives, we are members of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), we have many relevant certifications, we meet and exceed EPA regulations and guidelines, and we’d love to be your ewaste recycler! If you have any ewaste you need gone, make the safe and legal choice and give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or request a pickup today!

Electronic waste recycling is still the new kid on the block in the eco-friendly world. While ewaste continues to be the fastest-growing category of waste globally, very few governments have stepped in to make specific laws and rules based around enforcing standards when it comes to its disposal. The state of South Carolina made dumping those old or outdated electronics into landfills illegal a few years ago, and other states (and the federal government) have begun to pass legislation aimed at regulating electronic waste as well.  While this new awareness has led to greater recycling rates, regulations haven’t been able to keep up.
Many different certifications have sprung up, from the well-known R2 certification, to the e-Steward certification which is based around banning the export of electronic waste to developing countries. As the ewaste recycling industry continues to grow, the question we hear all the time is…

Do Ewaste Certifications Matter?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as easy as yes or no. One of the biggest problems with these certifications is simply that all of them are voluntary and often contain very little in the way of enforcement. While some federal legislation has been passed, currently there is no specific federal certification an ewaste recycler can apply for and earn. The R2 certification, specifically, has been criticized for loopholes that would essentially allow a business to retain certification even without having to follow R2’s standards, while the e-Steward certification has been labeled impractical by many in the industry.
The certifications do matter, however, primarily because they show that those involved in the business of safely and legally recycling electronic waste are working hard to maintain accountability to themselves and to other businesses within their industry. The R2 and e-Steward certifications both show promise, but until there is better enforcement, they’ll continue attracting criticism.
Our business has chosen to focus on becoming certified with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). While it is not an “ewaste recycling” specific certification, it maintains rigorous ethics and regulations for its members when it comes to the security of their information destruction and disposal. NAID prides itself on performing random inspections to enforce their membership standards. Our data destruction, set to meet Department of Defense standards for security, more than meets NAID’s qualifications.
When looking for a partner for electronic waste recycling, you want to know that you’re working with a company that is ethical, truthful, and honest in its dealings every step of the way. Electronic Asset Recycling will never offload ewaste by shipping it off to undeveloped nations, and we have dedicated employees ensuring that your information remains secure. We even provide hard drive shredding for truly total data destruction. Interested in finding out more about how to recycle your old, outdated electronics safely and legally? We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online torequest a pickup.

While our business is the disposal of old, outdated, and no longer used electronics, ewaste isn’t the only thing sitting around your home or business that could be a danger to the environment. The average American household will accumulate more than 100 pounds of hazardous waste items like household cleaners, paint, oil, both indoor and outdoor insect and spider killers, and old batteries. Throwing these items out with the trash could lead to toxic materials leaking into the soil and groundwater near your home – but keeping them around years after you’ve finished with them isn’t a good option, either. What can you do to safely dispose of household hazards?

  • Reduce your dependency. Ever opened the cabinet under the sink and wondered why you have three cans of insect killer and six different kinds of cleaner for every room in your house? You don’t need them! Alternative cleaning methods (like using vinegar, lemons, baking soda, and other common pantry staples) often work just as well for cleaning, without being poisonous to people and pets. Insects can often be controlled with the use of Borax or other common household staples as well. Cutting down on the amount of hazardous chemicals you purchase is the best first step you can take.
  • Pick out what you absolutely need. After you’ve replaced as much as you can with alternative cleaners, go through and set aside any doubles or extras of the cleaners, insecticides, or anything else hazardous you’ve been keeping on hand. Put all the empty or nearly-empty bottles or extras your household doesn’t need in a box. That cabinet under the sink that we all fill with bottle after bottle of cleaning liquid should hopefully end up nearly emptied out.
  • Find a local dropoff point. City or county governments often place recycling “convenience centers” around populous areas; these are places where residents can bring their recycling to be dropped off with very little effort. Using a local example, Greenville County has this helpful brochure with dropoff locations for a few goods that can be recycled. For chemicals and medicine, you will find local firehouses or police stations hosting dropoff events.
  • Never, ever pour these hazardous materials down any of your drains! It may seem like a harmless and efficient way to empty out those cleaners so they’re no longer taking up space, but pouring strong cleaners and chemicals down the drain could put the health and safety of sanitation workers at risk. If it’s not something you want to handle with bare hands, you definitely don’t want to force someone else to be exposed to it! If you’re unsure of where to take your household chemicals, give your local county government a call.

Even though we specialize in the safe and legal disposal of electronic waste around the Upstate (and in our other locations around South Carolina and even in Charlotte and Asheville, NC), we feel like being eco-friendly in every way possible is important for everyone. We hope these tips on recycling your household’s hazardous chemicals and materials have been helpful. When you’re looking for a safe and legal way to dispose of electronics (like old computers, game consoles, televisions, and more), Electronic Asset Recycling is who you want to call! You can reach us at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online to request a pickup today!