The Problem with E-Waste
Obsolete electronics pose a huge problem. The EPA has estimated that over 2.3 million tons of electronic devices — with potentially harmful mercury, lead, zinc and cadmium — are thrown away each year. But throwing ‘away’ isn’t a solution for our small planet. Electronics in landfills pose threats to groundwater. Incineration can pollute the air. That’s why cities around the Bay Area mandate recycling of electronics.
What We Do with E-Waste
Alternative Technologies has a partner relationship with a local nonprofit that focuses on electronic device repair, reuse and recycling. When our technicians visit a client’s site, we’ll offer to remove e-waste during our service call. A certificate of destruction from the vendor can be provided for a small fee if proper arrangements are made.
Our Annual E-Waste Recycling Event
For many years we organized an e-waste recycling drive. Our trucks delivered tons of materials to Reliatech and its job training center in Richmond. Potentially reusable items were tested; repairable items are fixed and offered back to the nonprofit or low-income community at reduced prices. Staff also disassemble items to salvage resellable parts. Finally, those items without reuse potential are shipped to facilities for recycling into material for a new manufacturing purpose. We also work with reputable drop off centers and arrange to have a portion of proceeds to benefit local nonprofits.
Due to changes in the recycling market, our annual pickup drive is no longer practical. Still, we are very happy to assist our customers. When our techs are on your premises, feel free to ask: “Do you have any room in your truck for a few old computers we have lying around?” We’re happy to take your e-waste items and see that they are handled properly.