Sustainability 101

Clearing Backlogs of E-waste – An Astonishing Amount Collected in Two Weeks

A typical building usually generates close to one ton of e-waste every few months. But an astonishing 18 tons of e-waste was collected from one building alone in the first two weeks of a new e-waste program.

The building was one of over 70 facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region that had new e-waste recycling programs developed and installed by Great Forest, working with Capital Asset Recovery, an R2 certified responsible recycler.

“In many offices, old computers and other electronics are often just stored away, taking up valuable space. Sometimes they even end up in the trash, ” says David Troust, vice president of business development at Great Forest.

With many states now banning e-waste from landfills, e-waste recycling is a key component of every recycling program Great Forest designs and implements.

“We make it easy for you to get rid of all that e-waste in a responsible way. We provide metrics reporting for all recycled items, from batteries to bulbs, with full supply chain accountability. So there is no reason at all not to recycle your e-waste, even if it is not mandated in your state. Plus you might even increase your diversion rate.”

Great Forest’s regional experts keep tabs on regulations, cost and e-waste facilities that vary from state to state. They also negotiate with area venders to secure the best terms. For example, the new e-waste service in the mid-Atlantic region is not only affordable, but it even takes into account high value waste, which recyclers pay for if the items can be refurbished and resold.

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