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How India is Handling Electronics Recycling in 2012: Part 2

In regards to what makes India so efficient while handling E-waste, the reasons lie in what is made available through various disposal facilities located throughout India. These facilities are designed to handle computers, cell phones and other electronic components deemed unsafe for traditional landfills. The top three companies offering this type of safe disposal for 2012, include E-Parisaraa, Earth Sense Recycle and Trishyiraya Recycling. The main purpose of using special E-waste facilities for disposal of electronics is to prevent the hazardous material they emit from getting into the region’s water supply where it can cause health problems for the population.

E-Parisaraa has a recycling facility located in the industrial area in Dabaspet and in the rural region of Bangalore. The services offered by this company include inspection of collected items as well as the disposal of products upon request. When someone requests to have their computer destroyed, the company offers secure data destruction for all of the information contained on the hard drives. The secure data destruction is also used when recycling computers for additional use.

Earth Sense Recycling offers secure disposal of electronics as well as the safe disposal of waste classified as bio-medical material. This company began its recycling efforts in 2000 by accepting used up or old electronic components such as floppy disks, used toner cartridges, CDs and batteries.

Trishyiraya Recycling is located in Chennai and deals in the disposal of various hazardous materials. This company can dispose of chemical waste products as well as electronics. Their electronic waste includes the disposal of cables used for telecommunication systems. This company has a lot of business clients who dispose of electronic components on a regular basis.

All of the electronic recycling centers accept items from private individuals as well as from large corporations. The advances made in India for the proper disposal of electronic materials have significantly improved the country’s environmental status and could set the standard for the rest of the world.

How India is Handling Electronics Recycling in 2012: Part 1

When it comes to environmental initiatives, India is not necessarily the country that most people would think of as being a leader in the field. Contrary to popular opinion, India does lead the world in terms of the sheer volume of electronics waste which gets recycled and reused. India is so efficient in fact, that nations from around the world send their discarded electronics components to India for recycling.

Given the amount of discussion about preserving the environment and recycling that occurs in so-called developed nations, it may surprise you to learn of the great record that India has in this category. In reality, this demonstrates that where other nations express their concern and alarm about this issue, India has quietly managed to become a world leader in electronics waste recycling.

Large manufacturers of electronics realize that the resources of the world are scarce. As the locating and acquisition of raw materials for use in electronics becomes more expensive, recycling components that have reached the end of their useful lives becomes a more attractive proposition. For this reason, many large electronics manufacturers operate recycling operations in India. These facilities are owned by the corporations outright in some cases, and in other cases the facilities are operated by local business people in partnership with the multinational corporations.

Rather than being content to rest upon its laurels, India is actively pursuing methods to grow its lead in the electronics waste recycling field; exploring new and more efficient options. India is actively seeking opportunities to train and employ more of its workforce in this field, with an eye toward the future and the expected further expansion of the consumer electronics category. The impressive leadership shown by India in this field is poised to expand rapidly in the coming years.

Old Electronics in Storage Still Contribute to the Problem

Storage units across North America contain vast numbers of electronic devices. Most are outdated or otherwise no longer in use. Good hearted people mistakenly believe that they are helping the earth by not using precious space in landfills to dispose of unwanted electronics. These assumptions also don’t benefit the population, though. Computers, monitors, cell phones, and many other electronics often contain rare and precious metals.

Tons of rock are ripped from the earth and transported to refineries. They go through the process of smelting to separate the rock from the rare metal particles. Rare metals are difficult and tedious to abstract from ore because the metals are minutely dispersed within surrounding bedrock. Energy use of recycling is extremely little, in contrast to the damage caused by mining. Mining scars the earth and takes massive amounts of manpower and machinery. The industry also employs heavy equipment which uses large amounts of fuel. These machines admit large amounts CO2 into the atmosphere.

One rare metal contained within some of your old electronics is an element called osmium. It is a noble metal contained within circuit boards. It has a unique quality of extreme hardness. It corrodes quickly when exposed to air, emitting poisonous fumes. Osmium is mined from an arc within the earth’s mantle, but the deposits are valuable to scientists. Evidence of the formation of the earth’s first crust may be found in the same location. The mining of Osmium changes the earth’s mantle because of the immense force and work that goes into its extraction.  The same can be said about many other desirable elements.

We as consumers are not going to stop buying new electronics soon. It is best to recycle rare metal from old electronics instead of hoarding old electronics with the selfish possibility that we may actually use them again one day. Storing unused electronics, instead of recycling, contributes to the frustration of conservation and hinders the acquisition of precious metals.  If your business or company has a surplus of old electronics that are just collecting dust, the benefits of recycling them far outweighs the amount of space they’re taking up.  Please contact a representative from Orlando Recycles today at (407)273-1395.

Are Strict E-Waste Policies Working?

The New York E-waste law has some limited success in portions of the state in its first year of progress. After a year of a progressive e-waste law being passed, the success of it varies depending on where you live.

There was a report prepared that detailed the progress. There has been a huge enhancement of e-waste collection sites across the state. A large surge of recycling of e-waste has occurred in many areas of New York, but the same success is not seen in New York City specifically. Since so many people have to use public transportation to get from one place to another, and so many people don’t have cars, it is hard for people to recycle their e-waste.

Not-for-profit companies like the Lower East Side Ecology Center have made it a little easier for residents to recycle their electronic waste.

The mandatory collection targets are reached for the first year, and there is a huge amount of companies that are helping people recycle their electronic waste.

There needs to be more education and teaching of the public to help people learn to recycle their electronic waste. Most people don’t know about recycling their electronic waste. They have no idea how to do it, and they are not sure it can even be done.

Electronic waste is a big problem for most states, but recycling it is the answer to help alleviate the problems now and for many years to come.

Orlando Recycles is an example of a company that provides free pick-up and recycling of unwanted electronics for businesses and takes in electronics from consumers. Our company and others make the process of recycling more manageable and rewarding. Even if you live in a city where you believe it is too time-consuming and difficult to properly get rid of unwanted electronics such as old computers, we facilitate the process through helpful services such as free business surplus pick-up.  Call us at (407)273-1395.

The Greenest Parts of the United States

By taking the time to have a quick look around the United States someone can find a wide range of different states out there that do their part to recycle. Among the more “green” states are definitely California, Oregon and Washington each of which offers incentives to recycle. These are places where the need to create a more ecologically sound world are abundantly clear and encouraged. The West tends to do a lot of recycling to go green. In the Eastern parts of the US there are plenty of industrial efforts to curb pollution and other problems related to production. These efforts have made the skies clearer and cut down on various carcinogens that are present in the air, water and food. All over the nation there are recycling centers to accommodate those who are looking to make the world a more beautiful place. Hybrid cars, alternative power sources and activism against destructive production that have become commonplace in many large corporations.

Other states that do a great job with maintaining a green infrastructure include Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, Hawaii, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado.  Hawaii and Nevada tie for producing the least toxic waste in the entire country (987 tons).  Idaho succeeds at relying on alternative energy, where 84.5% of it is considered under this category.  Vermont stands above the other 49 states by leaving the smallest carbon footprint.

Creating a healthier and more ecologically conscious United States is something that everyone needs to work towards if there is going to be an improvement in this country. These greener parts of the country can be inspiring for making a difference from coast to coast.  We are on the right path, which can be seen by the 100% increase in total recycling in the US in the last 10 years alone.  But we are still years from having an environmentally-savvy country where everyone knows what to recycle, where to do it, and why it is so important.

Orlando Recycles is a beacon of e-waste management in central Florida.  In addition to handling tons (literally) of electronic waste annually, we encourage residents of towns such as Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Winter Park, and all over the state to think before throwing out old computers, laptops, and even their business surplus at the workplace.  Please give us a call (407-273-1395) today if you have questions about disposing your e-waste.

 

What Does Earth Day Mean Now Compared to Just 20 Years Ago?

Earth Day was established to raise awareness of the well-being of our planet. Events are organized around the world to show appreciation to the environment. On April 22nd, these events along with the media will spread the word on how to become green. Activities will include volunteer work such as cleaning the roads and planting trees. The purpose is to get more and more people involved in improving the earth’s condition.

The idea of Earth Day came from Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. During the time of anti-war movements, Senator Nelson wanted that much attention to be brought to the environment. Overlooked problems like pollution and wildlife extinction pushed him into becoming an environmentalist.

There were many who were against Earth Day for different reasons. Yet, these problems caused over 20 million Americans to protest on April 22, 1970. The uproar had a major impact on the country. However, it was not until 1990 when Earth Day spread to the rest of the world. 141 countries showed their interest in helping protecting the planet and speaking out on Earth Day.

Twenty years later, Earth Day has gained even more support and attention. The issues of climate change, pollution and other problems have been brought to light because of it. More people are adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle that includes recycling and DIY projects. We’re becoming aware of the chemicals that harm us and our environment. Thus, changing the way many companies make their products.

Today, Earth Day gives us a chance to stop and think about the earth in the midst of our full lives. It draws attention to a subject that affects everyone. Parents are even getting their children involved in Earth Day activities. April 22nd is not just a day of awareness. It has become a day of celebrating those who strive to protect our home.

We are excited about Earth Day and the Orlando community’s ongoing contributions to going green and staying savvy with recycling.  If you have business surplus in Florida you’d like to be properly disposed of, and some that could potentially earn you some cash, contact us at Orlando Recycles today at (407)273-1395.

Pay it Forward: Obstacles to Recycling

One of the biggest barriers to recycling in the U.S. is a simple lack of knowledge. Most Florida residents are quite willing to recycle but do not know how or what to recycle. Education on this topic can make a big difference.

Currently, only half of Americans recycle on a daily basis, and a whopping 13% aren’t recycling at all. Studies show that this isn’t because people do not care. Well over half of the citizens polled recognize that recycling reduces landfills while saving energy and trees.

The problem is that most residents do not know what items can safely be recycled. For example, wax paper and cardboard that has food wastes on it is not recyclable, yet most residents believe that both pizza boxes and juice boxes can be recycled. On the flip side of this, about a third of residents did not know that crayons, cat litter and trophies can be recycled. Most were aware that phone books and egg cartons can be recycled. When unsure about whether an item can be recycled, about half said that they simply throw the item away. Only 18% look up information on whether the item can be recycled before tossing it if they are unsure.

The top reasons for not recycling are that the recycling center is too far away or people feel they do not have time.

The good news is that solutions to these problems are simple. With basic educational materials such as magnets or handy pamphlets, citizens can have accessible guidelines reminding them about what can and can’t be recycled. Recycling companies that make recycling easier, more convenient, or profitable for citizens fill the gap and make recycling even more likely.

While recycling is an ongoing concern, taking simple educational steps and making recycling easier and more convenient can go a long way. Our blog provides plenty of information on recycling in Florida if you are unsure about other things.

In the instance of e-waste, or electronic waste, we specialize in its proper disposal as well as refurbishment.  If you have any questions about your e-waste situation, please call us at Orlando Recycles today at (407)273-1395.

Just How Good Are Commercial Lead-Carbon Batteries?

Modern electronics are forever changing to improve outdated methods of development in many areas of our lives including the ordinary lead-based battery. While researchers have found an alternative method of developing the battery that we are familiar with to increase its longevity and increase its power, others are concerned with e-waste and the recycling of the lead-carbon battery. What makes the lead-carbon battery different than an ordinary lead-based battery and are they good for the environment? Can they be recycled? Are they more expensive than the lead-based battery?

While the goal of researchers is to extend the lifetime of an ordinary battery, thus offering more power by developing the lead-carbon battery, there are experts who are concerned about the environment. The lead-carbon battery is developed with the use of existing raw materials. They are inexpensive and recyclable, yet extracting the material from the earth will forever change the landscape. This, of course, is the opinion of those who have a healthy concern for the environment.

Those who research lead-carbon batteries use alternative methods of development than those who manufacture the ordinary lead-based battery. Lead sulfate paste and carbon additives are blended together to develop negative electrodes. Split electrodes are the developed where half of a negative electrode is lead and the other half is carbon. They then use a carbon electrode process to replace the lead-based negative electrode. Tests have been done to compare the ordinary battery and the lead-carbon battery and it continues to take place.

Test results show that the lead-carbon battery does have a longer lifetime and more power than lead batteries. The new lead-carbon battery is also more affordable than the lead battery. Raw materials are extracted from the earth to manufacture the lead-carbon battery and this is where the controversy begins. Even though recycling the lead-carbon battery is possible, the use of raw materials may cause harm to the environment. Improved electronics in modern day society are not always beneficial to the environment and there are experts who believe that our ordinary lead-based batteries are more than satisfactory even though they don’t last as long and do not have as much power as a lead-carbon battery.

There are many different pros and cons to developing new technologies for combating e-waste.  The goal is to focus as far ahead in the long term as possible.  We at Orlando Recycles provide a path for that goal by offering services such as purchasing business surplus, e-waste recycling, selling refurbished electronics, and much more. Call us at (407)273-1395.

 

EPEAT is Provinding Incentives to Electronic Makers

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, better known as EPEAT, is a partnership of the Environmental Protection Agency created in 2006. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a tool designed to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes with qualified product designations of bronze, silver, or gold.”

What many people fail to understand is that many of the electronics we use on a daily basis contain products that possess toxic constituents. Televisions, computer monitors and many of our other favorite electronics contain cadmium, mercury and lead, which are devastating to the environment when disposed of improperly. This e-waste is creating a new need to educate not only the people buying the products, but also the companies on proper and acceptable ways to recycle these products.

The Department of Legislative Services, Maryland General Assembly, 2012 Session stated, “This bill requires State agencies to purchase only electronic products that have either gold or silver ratings from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) or meet other nationally recognized and consensus-based standards approved by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). Upon request, the Secretary of Information Technology may waive this requirement. The bill also requires that, beginning on October 1, 2014, a procurement contract for electronic recycling services must be awarded to a recycler that is R2 or e-Stewards certified, or that meets comparable standards that are approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), in consultation with the Department of General Services (DGS).”

The most obvious incentive EPEAT is providing to electronic makers is the incentive to earn more money by creating ‘Gold’ products and implementing buy-back/recycling programs, creating a greater desire for their products.

At Orlando Recycles, we can offer your office or business an incentive to earn more money as well.  We offer free electronics pickup services and also pay for many different kinds of electronics.  Call us today at (407)273-1395 to see if your business surplus and extra electronics in Orlando are eligible.

 

E-Waste Dilemma Turns Into a Growing Venture Globally

E-Waste, or electronic junk, has now become a sort of enterprise; and, a rapidly growing one across the globe. Just what is this form of recycled waste? Basically, it is discarded mountains of electronic devices which are abandoned on a daily basis in favor of newer modeled equipment. What may have seemed like an insurmountable and undesirable situation to many has now turned into a revenue generating opportunity for others.

A Trade Develops

During the early 1990s, the governments of Japan, the European Union and some states within the United States, engaged in setting up e-waste “recycling” systems. A promising new industry emerged and was developed; scrap yards discovered valuable materials which could be extracted prior to the actual recycle process.

Abundant resources such as iron, copper, nickel, silicon and last, but not least, gold itself, made this a most profitable venture. On the average, one cell phone contains 19 percent copper and eight percent iron.

Present Day Industry

As a result, an exploding industry in discarded electronics provides employment for thousands of people worldwide.​

In the city of Delhi alone, there are approximately 10,000 – 20,000 tons of electronic waste processed each year by 25,000 employees; most of it by hand. There are other large scrap yards of discarded electronics booming in the cities of Ferozabad, Bangalore and Mumbai that provide employment for many workers.

Today, recycled electronic equipment provides revenue for the manufacturers, the recyclers and their processors and even for those discarding the devices. What looks like a horrendous recycling dilemma to some people, has turned into a blessing of sorts to others.

Orlando Recycles specializes in the management of e-waste, but we don’t attempt to salvage precious minerals from discarded electronics.  Instead, it is our mission to restore the functionality of thousands of electronics to decrease dependency on the constant purchase of new equipment.  We offer free electronics pickup services and also pay for a variety of different electronics.  Call us at (407)273-1395.

 

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