June 16, 2015

Great Electronics Recycling Collection Event with Luzerne County

We had a great time this past weekend collecting electronics for the 14th Luzerne County PA event. We filled 12 tractor trailers with everything from TV’s to small electronics. 1400 cars were counted that dropped off their old and unused electronics.

Using grants provided by the state to the county, this event was free. From 2003 through 2014, the county has recycled more than 5.3 million pounds of electronics. Approximately 95 percent of the plastic, glass, metal and other material is recycled.

We look forward to working with Luzerne County in the future!

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June 10, 2015

Save the Environment AND Your Wallet

Who knew that saving the environment could also save money? The World Watch Institute has published 10 easy ways to go green and save money. Some of the things included in this list include eating a vegetarian meal once a week to cut back on your grocery bill and environmental costs, using reusable bottles instead of buying bottled water to minimize waste and unneeded costs, and borrowing books and movies from the library instead of purchasing them to reduce the amount of paper and ink used as well as the amount of money you’d otherwise spent on these items. Electronics recycling even made the cut! Make sure to check out the full list on www.worldwatch.org.

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June 4, 2015

Scary Facts About E-Waste and the Environment

A few decades ago, when electronics, such as the radio to television, broke down, people wouldn’t simply march out and buy a new unit.  Instead, consumers called in repairmen.  All of that changed with the advent of the personal computer: Suddenly, people were buying electronic devices that would become nearly obsolete in about three years.  This left a number of people with old Commodore 64s on their hands and no notion of what to do with them.  This has inevitably led to an environmental crisis:

 

The Dangers of Landfills

 

Few of us look at our computers and think “toxic waste zone,” but the truth is that personal computers and electronic devices contain all sorts of nasty chemicals that we don’t want leeching into the soil or groundwater.  For example, chances are that the lovely flat screen panel you’ve hooked up to your desktop PC contains mercury to help it glow.  Cathode ray tubes, used in both televisions and some computers, can include up to four pounds of lead.

 

Over the years, many of the more problematic materials used to make electronics have been replaced entirely, but that doesn’t solve the problem.  After all, there exists a half-century worth of old electronics in landfills.  That kind of waste isn’t just going to go away because of our good intentions:  We need to work hard to keep these toxic materials out of the environment—not only for our own good, but because the truth is that they never needed to be discarded in the first place.

 

Missed Opportunities

 

If we tossed every obsolete cell phone in the world into a landfill, it would be a waste on two counts:

 

1. Cell phones can be recycled for their plastic and boast valuable materials, such as platinum, gold, copper, silver, brass, and tin, any of which can be salvaged to great effect.

2. Old cell phones aren’t solely useful due to their scrap value; they can also be sold to countries with less access to technology or donated to shelters for victims of domestic violence.  There’s never a good reason to throw out an old piece of technology, as there’s always some further use for it.

If you have items that you need recycled, then you should call Vintage Tech Recyclers at (877) 625-7945 today.

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May 27, 2015

Recycle Electronics 101: Recycle Computers, Monitors And Other Electronics

In this video, the speaker discusses various ways to properly dispose of electronic devices.  She advises us to hold on to an item for as long as possible by upgrading its memory or sending it in for repairs.  If upgrading is not possible or if repairing the item isn’t exactly environmentally friendly (for example, you might have to ship the computer to its home company in Taiwan), then it is important to recycle the item.  To responsibly recycle electronics, simply look for a local company to responsibly take care of your goods.

If you have old electronic devices that need to be disposed, then do not toss them into a landfill.  Instead, contact Vintage Tech Recyclers at (877) 625-7945 today.

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May 21, 2015

3 Reasons to Recycle Old Electronics

Millions of tons of electronics make up about 2% of the waste in our landfills. That percentage may not seem like a lot, but when you consider the reasons to dispose of electronics via other methods, it becomes a troubling statistic. Here are just a few reasons why you should recycle your old electronics instead of just throwing them away:

1. Dangerous Chemicals
Computers, televisions, cell phones and batteries are all full of highly toxic chemicals and elements. Batteries have poisonous cadmium in high quantities, laptops contain mercury, and televisions house up to 8 pounds of lead.  When placed in a landfill of these harmful  substances leak into our soil and water. Recycling these products means keeping our environment safer and less toxic.

2. Reusable Materials
Some of the things that we throw away are entirely functional, if only in need of a quick refurbishing. Cell phones for example, can be fixed up by companies to sell as cheaper alternatives to new products in developing countries. Other materials, like glass from CRT monitors and aluminum from laptop cases can be recycled and made into brand new products.

3. Limited Landfills
There is only so much space on our planet, and if we continue to throw 85% of our electronics into landfills, that space will quickly diminish. Recycling electronics helps to reduce the waste going to landfills, thus reducing the size and number of landfills we will need in the future.

There are many other reasons to recycle as much as you possibly can, for your own benefit, as well as that of the environment. If need to get rid of your electronics, but you don’t want to contribute to the already contaminated landfills, then call (877) 625-7945 to become part of the solution. At Vintage Tech Recyclers we strive to get every bit of electronics we receive back into use or responsibly recycled. Visit our website to learn more!

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May 12, 2015

What to Look for in an Electronics Recycling Provider

Nowadays, environmentalism is a hot, trendy topic that companies are eager to exploit.  This has its advantages, as a massive number of companies are looking to cash in on the fad and bring more and more awareness to problems such as global climate change.  But, there are serious drawbacks, too.

 

The greatest problem is that many consumers see that something branded as “environmentally-friendly” and cease any additional research.  Believing that purchasing a certain product or using a certain company’s services is automatically environmentally-conscious, consumers don’t always do their homework to see what’s really going on behind closed doors.  To make sure that you’re not being taken for a ride, here are three things to look for in an electronics recycling provider:

 

1. No-Landfill Promises

It would seem as though not dumping electronics in a landfill would be a given for a company that promises to recycle electronics, but that simply isn’t so.  You need to look for a written promise on the part of the company that anything recyclable you hand over to them will not wind up in a landfill.  After all, if they were going to just toss everything in there, anyway, then why couldn’t you have cut out the middleman and done it yourself?

 

2. Membership

Reputable electronics recycling providers are members of reputable organizations.  Always check to see if your electronics recycling provider is a member of your state recycling organization.  In addition, it’s a good idea to make sure that it’s associated with various governmental departments, as that adds yet another layer of authenticity.  Finally, being involved with trade associations (including those for waste removal) is also a good sign.

 

3. Convenience

Perhaps most importantly, an electronics recycling provider cannot be inaccessible.  After all, what’s the point if the company has only one location?  Look for a company with plenty of drop-off sites and optional pickup.

 

If you’re in need of an electronics recycling provider, then you should contact Vintage Tech Recyclers at (877) 625-7945 today.  We’ll handle your old electronics responsibly and promptly.

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May 5, 2015

The 5 Steps of the Electronics Recycling Process

Tossing away your computer in the trash could leave your personal information vulnerable. Your computer has so much more potential than filling a garbage dump. Read the following to learn more about the electronics recycling process so you can make the most out of your old equipment.

Component Analysis: Computer recycling begins with a dissection of the donated machine. Computers and consumer electronics are full of reusable resources. However, these parts must be distinguished from non-renewable resources and potentially toxic leftovers. Iron, gold, and other precious metals are collected for re-use. Remaining lead, mercury, and arsenic are disposed of safely. This process saves landfills from computer parts that could contaminate groundwater.

 

Organization: Once useful and non-renewable parts have been harvested, the pieces must be sorted. A shredder reduces the computer or equipment to debris and automatic screening techniques remove valuable components from the trash. Smelters are used to further purify samples and collect precious remainders.

Safety Management: The toxic fumes and shredded particles produced from the recycling process must be caught. This integral part of the electronics recycling process prevents additional toxic materials from being released into the atmosphere.

Security Measures: Hard drives and data storage devices can be notoriously difficult to clean for the average consumer. Most recycling companies will promise to erase your data or ensure the data storage device is destroyed. This prevents your personal data from getting into the wrong hands.

Donation: Many working recycled computers avoid the shredding process and return to the world as a refurbished machine. After cosmetic repairs and a memory wipe, your computer is ready for second life as a donated machine. Many schools districts are the recipients of these computers, allowing students to work with computers at an early age.

Recycling your computer produces benefits for you, your community, and the planet. To learn more about how Vintage Tech Recyclers can help you get your used computer back into use or safely recycled. For more information or directions, call us at (877) 625-7945 or browse our website.

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April 28, 2015

Cell Phone Facts: Effects of Cell Phones on the Environment

Upgrading to a new smartphone is an exciting prospect to many cell phone customers. Your old cellular devices, however, are not suitable typical disposal. Explore the fascinating world of e-recycling with this video.

 

This video contains easy-to-follow instructions for recycling your old cell phone. The host describes the materials used to produce a cell phone and how these materials can grow dangerous if left in a landfill. Viewers are provided resources and tools for safely disposing of all forms of electronic waste.

 

Don’t let your new smartphone or old flip top become a burden on the environment. Contact the electronic reuse experts at Vintage Tech Recyclers online or at (877) 625-7945 for more information about responsible disposal options. We also provide environmental-friendly e-recycling services for schools, businesses, and residential homes.

 

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April 16, 2015

Vintage Tech Helps Schools Recycle!

At Vintage Tech, we do a lot to ensure that the used-electronics owner has an easy and accessible way to recycle his or her old computer or laptop. We offer many drop-off locations throughout several states, and even come to community members’ doors to pick up the electronics ourselves. However, while we care a great deal about providing an effective way for people to dispose of household objects like DVD players, we also like to reach out to the community through schools.

 

Part of our recycling program includes helping schools safely and responsibly dispose of electronics. We realize that it is important for schools to keep up with advancing technology and maintain updated devices and teaching tools. This will help make sure that our communities’ students are learning as effectively as possible. However, with each technology update, many items become outdated. That’s where we come in.

 

For every piece of electronics that we receive, we remove any data or software leftover on it before beginning the recycling process. If we are able to repair or refurbish the item, we do. If not, all items will be sent to our ISO-Certified partner for a complete recycling. This service works for many electronics familiar in schools: photocopiers, fax machines, televisions, computers, hard drives, memory sticks, etc.

For more information, please visit our website.

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April 7, 2015

VINTAGE TECH RECYCLERS FAQ SERIES | “HOW MUCH E-WASTE IS IN THE WASTE STREAM?”

Used consumer electronics represent less than two percent of the municipal solid waste stream, which accounts for e-waste in the waste stream. In 2009, discarded tv’s’ pc’s’ peripherals (including printers, scanners, faxes), mice, keyboards and cell phones totaled about 2.37 million tons.

  • Sales of new electronic products are driving increases in use, storage and end-of-life management of electronics. We estimate that 438 million electronic products were sold in 2009, which represents a doubling of sales from 1997, driven by a nine-fold increase in mobile device sales.
  • Estimated product weights have all decreased over the years as products have become smaller and lighter, except for flat panel TVs which have increased in weight as screen size has increased.
  • An estimated five million short tons of products were in storage in 2009, with CRTs (monitors & TVs) being stored at the highest rates.
    • Residential households store 5 times more computer products (by weight) than commercial establishments.
  • Approximately 2.37 million short tons of electronics were ready for end-of-life management, representing an increase of more than 120% compared to 1999.
    • CRTs (TVs and monitors) comprise nearly half (47%) of all electronics ready for end-of-life management.
    • Approximately 141 million mobile devices were ready for end-of-life management in 2009, more than any other type of product, yet by weight, they represent less than 1% of discarded electronics.
  • 25% of electronics were collected for recycling, with computers collected at the highest rate (38%).

 

Vintage Tech Recyclers Inc. is an asset recovery and responsible recycling company located in the southwest of Chicago in Plainfield, IL. Please feel free to post your questions to our Facebook fan page.

 

Help keep the world green today. Call us at (877) 625-7945 or visit our website today.

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