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Domestic Recycling Report

Cal Net Technology Group Domestic Recycling Report: 5 Local Places To Get Your I.T. Green On!

Prepared by:
Luca Jacobellis, COO
Gavin Zimmer, Business Development Manager
Domestic Recycling Report
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 and marks the anniversary of what many people consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At the height of the hippie counterculture in the United States, the year 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans, and industries belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or any kind of bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. These days, particularly in a state like California, you can barely turn a corner let alone turn on your television without hearing a new report, cause célèbre, or government policy that involves the "greening" of the economy.

But before you run for the nearest tree and begin hugging very tightly (note: this is not a very effective tactic when it comes right down to it), may we remind you that there are many simple, practical ways to show your general good sense when it comes to running an "eco-friendly" business.

In light of all the progress that has been made over the past forty years, we wanted to offer suggestions for a few places that will help you get your green on!


1. West Coast Computer Recycler
Available in: Ventura, O.C., L.A. Riverside, San Bernardino
Link: http://wcrecycler.com/index.php

WHY WE LIKE THEM…

This e-waste recycling spot lets you schedule a really convenient pickup, including:
  • Free pickup and recycling services for businesses that are safe, secure and fully compliant with current EPA and HIPAA laws and regulations.
  • Certificate of Destruction ensuring sensitive data has been properly destroyed.
  • Peace of mind with knowing that you're creating American jobs while providing a cleaner environment for future generations.
  • Home pickup services are not available – Individuals who wish to recycle their e-waste are encouraged to come to one of our two drop off locations during normal business hours.

2. E-Cycle Environmental

Available in: Los Angeles
Link: http://ecycleenvironmental.com/content/electronic-waste

WHY WE LIKE THEM….

E-Cycle concentrates on a number of carbon initiatives:
  • Carbon Offset. Their Truck Fleet is completely carbon offset with TerraPass. They also offer their clients the ability to carbon offset each aspect of an entire transaction if requested.
  • Recycling Consumables. They recycle all consumables in their offices. Whether its paper, plastic, or glass it gets separated and sent to the appropriate recycling facility.
  • Reduce, Reuse. All of their office equipment is used. Any office furniture that is worthy and can avoid landfill is reused at all or our locations.

3. TW Electronics Recycling

Available in: Los Angeles
Link: http://www.twrecycling.com/home.html

WHY WE LIKE THEM….

TW Electronics offers great e-waste consultation. They specialize in waste divergence and recycling resources, and can definitely help you manage your waste more efficiently. If recycling and saving energy is a priority for your company or organization, TW will be happy to help you achieve your recycling needs- plus their consultation is free of charge, and you may qualify for free inspection as well. No matter what your business is doing, they’ll figure out the right solution.


4. Green Spot Dropoff
Available in: California
Link: http://www.greenspotdropoff.org/index.html

WHY WE LIKE THEM….

Green Spot offers a powerful fundraising opportunity with their GREEN2 program. GREEN2 will pay your school or charity $1 for every television, computer, monitor or LCD that is collected on your behalf at an of the Green Spot Dropoff locations throughout the State of California. They’ll keep records of the e-waste, and pay your school or charity quarterly.


5. 1st Free E-waste Removal
Available in: L.A., O.C., San Diego, Sacramento
Link: http://recycle4free.net/about/

WHY WE LIKE THEM….

No other Computer & Electronic Recycling company in California offers 5 items or more pick-ups for free. Whether it’s 5 items or 50 pallets, it’s free.

Since 2001 they have been offering their free services to businesses, schools and hospitals. They are the only e-waste recycler that works with the largest county courts in the nation- no job is too big or too small.

Free E-Waste Removal is a zero landfill company, all items picked up are recycled in Southern California. Most jobs are done within the next business day.


More recycling resources can be found here:

LA County Department of Public Works
Link: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/brtap/recyclingsite/results.cfm?search=electronics


Final Note from Cal Net Technology Group Founder and CEO, Zack Schuler:

“Lets not forget how far we have come! That day in 1970 on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. Earth Day achieved a rare political alignment, and, with your help, the initiative can still stand strong today!”




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