Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a technology that will change the way electronics are made and destroyed. They have developed heat-triggered self destructing electronics as well as a radio controlled trigger that can remotely activate self destruction on command. The full article is listed below.
Many recycling companies are reporting a drop in PC recycling and an increase in tablet recycling. Smartphones and tablets are continuing to lure people away from buying computers and to invest in a more portable device. These devices are now old enough where newer, faster versions are hitting the market and the first generation is now going to recycling. Some companies and municipalities are required to have a certain weight of electronics being recycled each year. Since these devices weigh significantly less than an average computer, the weights will be down again this year for these companies. However, that is not to say that there is less equipment being recycled. Many of these organizations are now undergoing a reevaluation of their system to accommodate for lighter electronics in the years to come.
A rare Apple computer from 1976 was recycled in California by a woman cleaning out her garage. Little did she know, that computer was one of only two hundred that were made by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne. Now the company is on the hunt to find this woman, who did not leave any information when she dropped off the computer, and he remembers her well. According to the company, all she needs to do is stop by the warehouse to claim 100K, her half of the proceeds.
Accurate IT Services and Director of Client Relations Jack Knapp were pleased to have The Aztechs Robotics Team visit our facility this week. They are part of Dublin City Schools and are working on a recycling project. These young students are learning how to reuse electronics and computer parts. Anand Padmanabhan, the coach for the team, toured the facility along with these students and learned about our process. We are happy to see students learning about recycling and caring about the environment. Thank you, Aztechs for touring our facility and allowing us to teach you about electronics recycling.
By Jared Paben
Offices will generate more recyclable materials and less contamination if each employee is given a large recycling bin and small garbage can, according to a study.
The study, titled "Recycling at Work: Research to Inform Improved Recycling in the Workplace," was commissioned by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) with support from PepsiCo Recycling and commercial real estate giant CBRE.
"It was important to do this because we see recycling in the workplace as a real potential opportunity to increase recycling," said Brenda Pulley, KAB's senior vice president of recycling.
Over six months in 2014, Action Research studied different recycling and garbage bin configurations in CBRE offices in Atlanta, Boston, Houston and San Diego. All offices had single-stream recycling collection.
The stakeholders tried the following configurations at each employee's desk:
The first configuration, with a small garbage and large recycling bin, showed the greatest success, according to the report. It yielded a higher percentage of recyclable materials and lower percentage of garbage in recycling bins as well as a lower percentage of recyclables in garbage cans.
Before the project, 79 percent of offices had some amount of paper in garbage cans, but the number dropped to almost zero during the experiment, the report stated.
"Our research clearly shows that by combining specific-sized trash and recycling receptacles, with simple signage and messaging, businesses and other organizations can increase employee participation and improve their rate of recycling of office-generated materials," Jennifer Jehn, KAB president and CEO, stated in a press release.
The "recycling-bin-only" option was unsuccessful and might have actually led employees to throw away recyclable materials they would have otherwise diverted, the report noted. It was unpopular for workers, and four offices dropped out of the survey after they were assigned this configuration, the report said.
A pilot project has been started for thousands of students in the New York, Maryland, and Michigan areas. This new project will include a hands on learning environment surrounding the science of recycling. The project is headed by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and they plan to combine both classroom learning along with on-site visits to local recycling centers. JASON learning, a non profit group, also helped in the development of this program. ISRI believes that this project will teach these students the skills needed for careers in the field and help them develop interests in science, technology, engineering, etc. The president of ISRI believes that this education process will create the next generation of leaders for the recycling industry.
Accurate IT was excited to be invited by SWACO to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility. Jack Knapp, our Director of Client Relations was among the many guest who attended. There were also representatives from the EPA, US Senate, House of Representatives, and many local communities. The event included several speakers, a facility tour, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and cake. The event was a huge success and we are thankful for SWACO inviting us to be part of it.
The University of Central Florida had over 200,000 plastic bottles dumped into their reflecting pond to raise awareness about our impact on the environment. This event was called Reflect on Sustainability and was created by the IDEAS for UCF and the UCF Student Government. Many students were shocked and some thought it was a prank. As you can see in the video, these students are taking a bolder approach to raise awareness and it seems to be working. Of course, after the demonstration, the bottles will be removed and recycled. To view the full video and article, click the link below.
Canadian roaster Club Coffee has come up with the first fully compostable single-serve coffee pod that works with the Keurig machines. They are one of the companies that sued Keurig for controlling the market and creating a monopoly to keep prices for the cups very high. Their product is the PurPod100, made from coffee chaff, which is the skin of the bean that comes off during the roasting process. It is compostable because it is designed to be digested by bacteria. This cup can be fully broken down with composting in a matter of weeks. They are working on multiple certifications including their final certification to bring this product to market. This will make it much easier to recycle these pods because currently for many of the pods that can be recycled, the coffee grounds and the lid have to be separated from the cup in order to recycle it. It’s easier to make the cup of coffee at this point than it is to dispose of the cup that brews it, leaving most of them ending up in the trash. With this company moving forward at a rapid pace, the fully compostable pods will be on grocery store shelves in no time.
Announcing the 2015 Green Community Award Winners! Tri-Rivers Recycling Center, Marca Industries Document Destruruction & Recycling, ECO Center, Sims Brothers Recycling, Goodwill, DKMM Solid Waste District, MCI Green Initiative, Accurate IT Recycling Services, Keep Ohio Beautiful have all worked together to make Marion County cleaner and greener. Thanks for all you do! #BeeTheGood — at Marion County Building.
Come to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this Saturday, April 18th, between 9am and 5pm to drop off your old electronics for responsible recycling! The Columbus Zoo will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event. For every person who drops off an electronic to be recycled, the Zoo will offer a coupon for Buy-One-Get-One Admission for the weekend of the event. Accurate IT Services is locally owned, operated, and R2 certified. This ensures that your equipment will be handled securely, responsibly, and never see a landfill. We can accept most electronics and small appliances free of charge. CRT and rear-projection televisions will be accepted for a fee of $20 per unit. CRT monitors will be accepted at $5 a unit after two free per car. Exposed tubes will not be collected for safety reasons. Also, we cannot accept alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc) or light bulbs of any kind. Any equipment containing refrigerant is also not accepted, including air conditioners. For more information on the items we can accept, please visit our website’s items accepted page at: http://www.ait-recycle.com/recycling-items-accepted
RecycleMania is a recycling tournament started in 2001 as a competition between Ohio University and Miami University. It spans about two months, February and March, and since its creation, many schools across the US and Canada have joined in. This year, more than 40,000 tons of materials were diverted during the competition which now includes many different divisions and covers a wide range of recyclables. In the E-Cycle category, the winner was Southwestern College, who recycled 22.2 pounds per person of electronic waste. The Grand Champion of the competition was Antioch University for the second year in a row. They diverted nearly 97% of their waste from a landfill, which is quite impressive. The list for this competition grows each year and with each year, more waste gets diverted from the landfill. This is a great competition and the more colleges that join in, the healthier our environment will be.
Many municipalities in California have started a popular wave of plastic bag bans and it could be catching on in Ohio. Mayor Michael Coleman introduced a 5 year sustainability plan for the city of Columbus that includes a consideration on banning or at least creating a surcharge for plastic bags in the city. Kris Keller, a Clintonville Area Commission District 8 Representative, has introduced the idea to prohibit many large retailers from using plastic bags, or at least charging for them to reduce the use. This would exclude small businesses, however. According to the Mayor’s 5 year plan, if 5,600 people commit to using reusable shopping bags, assuming each person uses two bags per week, together they will have avoided the waste of 1,164,800 plastic bags in just one year. In similar news, the Arizona Senate has passed the vote for disallowing individual Arizona municipalities to place bans on plastic bags and bottles. It is currently awaiting the signature of the Governor. If this is signed, it will be the first statewide law keeping municipalities from putting bans on plastic bags. The problem with these bags for curbside recycling pickups is that many materials recovery facilities have said that they can jam up equipment and interfere with operations. This leaves most residents throwing the bags in the trash, ultimately ended up in a landfill where it will not biodegrade for 20 to 1000 years.
By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling
Medina county is being pushed to depart from its long-established mixed-waste processing recycling system, after a report indicated the method was producing a recycling rate below 4 percent. Medina County is located southwest of Cleveland and just west of Akron.
Since 1993, Medina County has owned a mixed waste processing center that received all MSW from the county's roughly 175,000 residents. The facility, which had been operated by Envision Waste Services, has come under fire after the County released data indicating it only recovered 3.6 percent of material in 2012. The county report containing that data recommended keeping the mixed-waste system until 2030 and complementing it with a drop-off program.
Leaders in the City of Medina, which serves as the county seat, have advocated an immediate rewrite of the 2016-2030 plan, altering it to introduce curbside collection. "A 3.6 percent recycling rate is not satisfactory to the residents or city officials," John Coyne, Medina City Council president, told Resource Recycling. According to Coyne, when the facility first started operating in 1993, it was billed as "a new and better way to recycle materials." But he says after more than 20 years of sending material to the site, he and other local leaders are ready for a revamped process. "Our goal is to lower our costs and increase recycling as much as possible, and I think that's everybody's goal," Coyne said.
According to Beth Biggins-Ramer, the county's solid waste district coordinator, the County has stopped using its mixed waste processing center until it can figure out how the facility fits into the region's waste management aspirations. She added the region's most pressing need currently is not necessarily lifting recycling rates. Instead, the goal is simply meeting the state obligation to ensure recycling access and update the county solid waste plan. Biggins-Ramer said her department has heard "loud and clear" some residents' desire to move toward a more traditional curbside system. "We are not against that," she said. "Our constraint is working through all the statutory timelines we are mandated to."
For the time being, Medina has introduced a "single-stream drop-off" system countywide, with all other material currently going to landfill. Its 400-plus page solid waste plan for 2016-2030 has to be approved by Medina's communities and reach the Ohio EPA by the fall. In addition, a working group has been established to look into possible changes to the program, including introducing curbside. If that working group can settle on actionable items, the County will "voluntarily enter into a new and updated plan rewrite," Biggins-Ramer said.
Steve Viny, the CEO of Envision, argued the now-idled mixed waste processing facility has been popular with the community and successful. "It's been a successful program for over two decades, it's been well embraced by the general public – they love it – and it's also helped the County meet the state of Ohio's recycling access goals," Viny said.
Medina's mixed waste processing center is one of only a handful operating in the U.S. The facilities, also referred to as dirty MRFs, to attempt to recover recyclables from the MSW stream. The approach has been hotly debated by many in the recycling industry. The fate of Medina's 15-year plan, which will be voted on by the entire County later this year, could come down to the City of Brunswick's position. As the largest city in the County, Brunswick has "veto power," Medina's Coyne said, to decide whether to approve or decline the plan. Coyne said Brunswick has been "generally aligned" with the city of Medina on the recycling issue. Brunswick officials did not return a request for comment.
This video goes over how solar roadways work and the impact they could have on life as we know it. While there are many technical issues that are still being tweaked, the idea itself is an intriguing one. The inventor couple has managed to raise over 2 million dollars for this project and even gained a few test contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The last article we posted about the Keurig cups has a bit of an update. Keurig Green Mountain has just released a new product called a K-Mug, which is essentially a travel mug that has a larger pod. This K-Mug pod is ‘recyclable’ according to the company. It is made up of #5 plastic and can be separated from the lid and filter for recycling. According to Keurig Green Mountain, their Vue and K-Carafe pods are also now recyclable, leaving the original K-cups out of the loop. Keurig is taking the right steps to reach their goal of making all of their pods recyclable by 2020, but releasing a new product that features a recyclable pod doesn’t quite have the same impact as changing the K-cups to be recyclable. There are still billions of K-cups going into the trash every single day. It is the hopes of many that Keurig will make all of their cups recyclable before their 2020 goal deadline.
Accurate IT Services will be participating in a recycling event at Athens County Fairgrounds on March 28th from 10am to 2pm. Everything from electronics and building supplies to clothes and furniture can be recycled during this event. All recycling services are free, with the exception of non flat screen monitors and televisions, which require a $20 cash only fee. You will not be able to recycle light bulbs or alkaline batteries. For more information on this event, view the link below.