Not only is recycling a wonderful way to positively impact the environment, it also supports the local and national economy. Each year alone, recycling generates $200 billion in the United States’ economy. As the global population and international economies only continue to grow, the demand for finite natural resources will only intensify. With globalization and increased competition, the need for our local economies to become more productive and less reliant on finite resources becomes all the more important. Fortunately, recycling efforts help support economic prosperity and provide one solution to a resource-confined future.

Job Creation

According to the EPA, recycling accounts for 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in wages across America. This makes green jobs essential to our economy and fundamental to supporting hundreds of thousands of families throughout the nation. The industry offers excellent opportunities for middle-income workers and individuals with limited education.

Supports Local Government to Fund the Most Important Needs within Your Community

The EPA’s 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report found that recycling generated $6.7 billion in local and state tax revenues in 2007 – with data suggesting these numbers will continue to climb in the future. $6.7 billion is a substantial amount of money for the government to reinvest in welfare programs, the educational system, infrastructure, and other important needs within the local community.

Reduces Energy Consumption

Recycling significantly reduces energy consumption. One ton of mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of saving 165 gallons of gasoline in terms of carbon dioxide reduction. After all, one aluminum can alone can produce enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours if reused and recycled.

Reduces the Costs Associated with Trash Disposal

The process of recycling is less expensive than disposing of trash in society and companies can save real money with recycling. The movement, organization, and combustion of trash adds up. Meanwhile, purchasing re-manufactured goods from recycled materials saves businesses and consumers money; many products made from recycled materials require less energy overall to produce.

Support the Community and a Better Tomorrow: Increase Your Recycling Efforts

The more you recycle locally, the more you are helping the local economy and a better future for all. Ethically, logically, financially, increasing recycling efforts within your organization and at home only makes sense. As a family-owned and operated organization committed to helping North and South Carolina businesses better their recycling efforts, Ever Green Environmental has been leading the way to a greener future for decades. If you would like to learn more about how Ever Green Environmental can innovate your company’s recycling processes, contact us today at 864.230.9800 or fill out our online contact form.

In an earlier post, we talked about the value of ewaste certifications and how they often contain too many loopholes to be of much use when it comes to gauging a company’s total commitment to ewaste recycling services. There are a lot of issues plaguing the recycling industry across the board — the value of many recyclables (especially glass) is dropping, leading to municipalities like our own here in Greater Greenville to drop glass entirely from their regular recycling pickups or to start outright charging for the service, as Best Buy recently had to do with their own ewaste takeback program.
Unfortunately, there’s yet another issue plaguing many ewaste recyclers. That issue is the problems with maintaining a strict “no-export policy”

What Does “No-Export” Policy Mean?

Essentially, it’s a sign that a company has their heart in the right place. Dell, for instance, has maintained a no-export policy on the ewaste received from its own in-house recycling program since the beginning. Much of the “recycled ewaste” just finds its way overseas to languish in global landfills, or turn into “electronic graveyards” where people scratch out a living by burning the plastic in order to get at the valuable minerals inside. This leads to both serious health problems for those living in and around the graveyards, and also for the larger population, as these fires and the burning of plastics and toxic materials inside electronic leads to massive pollution over a larger area.
A no-export policy is a way that a company can combat being a part of this problem. The ewaste recycling companies that Dell works with, for example, should be held to a standard of not exporting electronic waste to any other countries, and instead maintaining recycling operations within the United States.
Unfortunately, Dell recently discovered that that’s not what has been happening.

What Happened?

A new report recently released goes into far more detail, but the gist of the matter is this — the Basel Action Network (or BAN) became curious as to what was happening to devices recycled through the joint Dell/Goodwill program. They placed tracking devices inside about 200 flat-screen TVs, CRT monitors, and computer printers. The trackers were visible inside the electronics and contained instructions for contacting BAN if they were found. This way, BAN could be reasonably certain that the trackers remained inside whole electronics that had not yet been broken down.
After that, they tracked the movements of these devices from the Goodwill stores they were originally dropped off at across the world.

What Did the Trackers Find?

Devices went as far as mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and even Thailand. Every one of these exports is illegal under current law, and goes directly against Dell’s very clear and consistent no-export policy. The results of this report are incredibly disappointing — but this doesn’t mean Dell is directly to blame.
The changes in the recycling industry we mentioned earlier have included a huge drop in the value of recycled materials, and CRT monitors, printers, and flat-screen TVs are difficult or impossible to make a profit on right now. The third-party ewaste recyclers that Dell partners with, without enough financial support from Dell itself to cover their monetary losses on these items, are finding it harder and harder to operate without either skirting the law or outright breaking it.
Finding an ewaste recycling company that maintains high ethical standards can feel like a challenge.That’s why we feel it’s important our clients get to know us personally and know they are welcome at our facility to see exactly what it is we do.

Electronic Asset Recycling is Here to Help

At EARecycling, we work hard to remain transparent in our efforts to make the world a greener place by recycling electronics of all kinds. With our safe, legal recycling services, you’ll be able to protect your downstream liability, safeguard your company’s data security, and even have your hard drives shredded when you’re looking for total data destruction. For more information on our services or to request a pickup, give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or just click the banner below.

It’s common for both commercial and residential clients to shrug off ewaste recycling, figuring that recycling oneCRT monitor or old cell phone at a time is a drop in the bucket compared to our larger problem with electronic waste buildup in landfills, storage rooms, and unused offices around the nation. While taking the time to recycle your few electronics may not seem like it’s doing much to change the situation, a recent report from Apple suggests otherwise.
Apple has embraced the move to protect the environment through greater rates of recycling for years now, and recently released statistics on the impact the program had in the year 2015.
Apple was able to recover a total of 61 million pounds of recycled materials from old electronicsincluding:

  • More than 23 million pounds of steel
  • 13 million pounds of plastics
  • Nearly 12 million pounds of glass
  • 3 million pounds of copper
  • 6,600 pounds of silver
  • 2,200 pounds of gold

All of this by dissecting one electronic device at a time (more information can be found here).
Every pound of gold, copper, lead, or zinc is pulled out from individual phones, tablets, or computers in the smallest of weights, often less than a couple of grams per machine. With Apple’s main program running in 25 states (and with Apple supporting state-extended and international recycling efforts as well), that is 61 million pounds of material kept out of landfills in one year alone.
Electronic waste recycling isn’t just important, it’s the law. If we work together to keep toxic materials from finding their way into our local soil and groundwater, we can build a better world, one electronic device at a time.
Is your household or company having trouble finding a place to store old computers, outdated laptops, or cell phones that are no longer in use? Give Electronic Asset Recycling a call! We provide ewaste recycling services based out of Greenville, South Carolina to commercial and residential clients around the Carolinas. We can ensure that your confidential data is kept secure, and even provide hard drive shredding services for total data security. Reach us by phone at (800) 746-1823 or request a pickup online at any time!

There is basically no federal law outright regulating the collection and recycling of electronic waste in this country. That’s not a problem — individual states are given the freedom to create their own regulations. This can lead to especially proactive and forward-thinking local laws, such as those in California, but it also leads to others falling woefully behind.
More than 20 states currently have regulations that assign at least some of the financial responsibility of ewaste to the large companies that manufacture items like cell phones, computers, televisions, and more. The problem is that these regulations aren’t really working. We explain why and three ways to solve this problem below.

Too Many Loopholes, Too Much Ewaste

The biggest problem with most of the state and local regulations is that manufacturers are given access to multiple loopholes to mitigate their actual responsibilities when it comes to ewaste recycling. In some states, the manufacturer even gets to pick and choose exactly what sorts of electronic waste it feels like being responsible for. Inevitably, this has led to those large manufacturers choosing only smaller, more easily recycled or repurposed electronics and leaving leaving local municipalities scrambling to cover the increasing costs of recycling those expensive and difficult items like large CRT monitors and televisions.
These loopholes are a big part of the reason that municipalities all over the country, including right here at home, are beginning to narrow their recycling programs, charge more for what they still take in, or fall back entirely on “dump sites”, where local citizens drop off recycling themselves. It’s proven that the more inconvenient recycling is made for your average citizen or company, the less likely they are to invest their time and energy in it.
What can we do to help? Here are three ideas.

1. Level the Playing Field

States need to work harder at having both consistent regulations and also at closing the loopholes that currently let large manufacturers, who are much more financially prepared to help with the costs of recycling ewaste, out of most of their legal responsibilities. When municipalities end up having to foot the majority of the bill, they’ll end up having to narrow down or cut out recycling services entirely. This leads easily recycled items to simply build up in landfills, as locals don’t have time to visit dump sites or don’t even know where they are.

2. Don’t Pick and Choose

When large manufacturers get to choose what kind of electronics they feel like recycling, it’s inevitable that they’ll pick smaller, lightweight, and more easily valued items, leaving cities and townships on the hook for the more expensive items like glass or CRT monitors. Part of the enforcement of consistency in these regulations needs to be their equal application both to municipalities and also to the large manufacturers. A “teamwork” approach to ewaste recycling is great… as long as the team is actually working together.

3. Give Incentives for Innovation

Many statewide regulations charge large manufacturers based on the weight of the electronics they’re putting out. As items like cell phones and computers continually grow smaller and lighter, manufacturers are clearly responding both to the public desire for increased ease-of-use and also lessening their financial responsibilities when it comes to ewaste recycling in the process. Changing the regulations so that they are no longer based on weight would shift back some of the financial obligation to those large for-profit manufacturers, with cities and townships better able to take back on the aspects of recycling they’ve been forced to drop as the industry changes
At EARecycling, we step in where those large manufacturers and local municipalities can’t. We take nearly all electronic waste, from old flat-screen televisions through brand new laptops. Our process allows for total data security, allowing your company to trust that your confidential information is safe in our hands. For truly total data security, consider hard drive shredding. We’ll even drive our shredder right up to your front door.To learn more about what it means to partner with us for safe and legal electronic waste recycling, give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or just click the banner below.

We often joke about the clunky, bulky old computers that used to be considered “cutting edge”. They were huge, very heavy, and often contained less computing power than the average iPhone today. There is one way in which those older computers were superior, though. Simply put, they lasted longer.
Electronics are often purposefully designed to be replaced every two to three years (at most) as more and more powerful replacements are released; this cycle is called “planned obsolescence.” While planned obsolescence is great for generating huge profits for the companies that design and create electronics, it’s terrible news for those concerned about the rise of discarded cell phones, computers, laptops, and other electronics building up in landfills and poisoning our environment.
Ewaste is not only a problem for developed nations like the United States or the countries in the European Union; it has also become a huge issue in developing nations, where cheap cell phones are often a lifeline for those living in poverty or in remote villages. These countries are also where unscrupulous developed nations often ‘dump’ their electronic waste in order to avoid incurring the costs involved in recycling. While we’ve spoken before about the ‘good news’ in the ewaste recycling industry, we have to face one fact:ewaste isn’t going anywhere, and there is increasing demand for some kind of system to manage it.
MarketResearchReports.Biz recently released a report on the global rise of ewaste. The report details how the market for the management of ewaste (recycling service companies like ours are included in that industry) is growing rapidly and will continue to grow steeply at least through the year 2020. As public awareness of the danger the toxic materials used in the construction of most electronics grows, so will the demand for recycling grow globally.
We plan to be right there to help.
Whether we like it or not, planned obsolescence is the way that the electronics industry has chosen to work. When people upgrade to the newest devices, the old ones have to go somewhere. When the holidays bring new laptops or game consoles, the now-outdated ones already in your living room will have to be disposed of. When a large business replaces 50 outdated computers with new machines that can handle the increasing amount of data used by your average business, those old computers shouldn’t just build up in empty offices or storage rooms. It’s important to have a responsible, eco-friendly plan for IT Asset Management that ensures your business recycles them safely and securely.
That’s where Electronic Asset Recycling comes in.
We’re happy to provide electronic waste recycling services to clients all around South Carolina and Western North Carolina. We can recycle just about any of the electronics in your home or business, and even provide total data security with our hard drive shredding services! If you’re looking to request a pickup or want more information about how we work and what we do, we’d be happy to hear from you! Just give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online at any time.

We recently wrote about the changes being made to the Greater Greenville Sanitation Department’s recycling program (you only have a little less than a week to make sure you fill out your application! Learn more here!), but these changes aren’t just confined to Upstate South Carolina. Huge changes have been happening within the recycling industry at large, and they’re not all good.
Whether you’re in the recycling business like we are, or you’re just someone looking to responsibly dispose of the old electronics building up in your home or business, these changes are going to affect what options you have as you replace old or outdated technology. For example, one of the biggest effects of the changes so far is that Best Buy, the only national retailer to operate a comprehensive electronic waste recycling program, is having to charge for the first time.
In a recent blog post that addressed the new changes, Best Buy’s VP of Public Affairs, Laura Bishop, announced that the company would now be charging $25 for each TV and computer monitor they recycle in-store, bringing them in line with what smaller ewaste recycling programs have been charging as well.
Previously, Best Buy offered this service for free, and many consumers have been up in arms about the sudden shift. The truth is, they — and the rest of us working within the ewaste industry — essentially don’t have a choice. The biggest implosion in the recycling industry has been in glass recycling. Companies that specifically handle the recycling of glass, especially the leaded glass built into CRT televisions and computer monitors, have been going out of business as profits plummet and demand for recycled glass evaporates. Leading ewaste recyclers and even huge corporations like Best Buy need to charge in order to recoup their continually mounting costs.
The issue of cost is something that has come up more than once when speaking with our residential clients, and it seems like Best Buy has been trying to mitigate customer unhappiness about the changes by emphasizing the importance of the precedent they’ve set as the first (and currently only) major national retailer to run a program even remotely similar to theirs in breadth and scope. It’s an admirable program that has really made a difference when it comes to helping raise public awareness about the importance of ewaste recycling, and we’re interested to see how these changes will affect the program in the long run.
We here at EARecycling remain committed to our mission to ensure that electronic waste is recycled safely, legally, and responsibly. Our ewaste recycling services have ensured that our clients can free up those storage rooms and unused offices previously cluttered with every sort of electronic equipment you can imagine, as well as providing them with the peace of mind they need knowing they are compliant with local, state, and federal ewaste regulations. For those concerned about data security, we provide data destruction and hard drive shredding services, with hard drive shredding costs as low as $7 per drive. Don’t risk identity theft — call EARecycling at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online to request a pickup today.