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Jack Knapp, Director of Client Relations, Is A Nominee For The Green Leader Award

Jack Knapp, Director of Client Relations, Is A Nominee For The Green Leader Award

Our very own Jack Knapp is a finalist for the Green Leader Award from MORPC (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission). This award honors individuals working to create a more environmentally sustainable region. It also recognizes an individual exemplifying both outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges facing the region. Jack has been instrumental in setting up community E- Waste recycling programs for both Dublin and Worthington. Jack also helped set up several job training partnerships to help educate and provide job training to young adults with special needs. Because of Jack, Accurate IT Services now works with groups like Dublin City Schools Power Plus Program and Green Leaf Job training Services.   

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India Considers Deposit System for E-scrap

India is proposing that electronics retailers take back the goods at the end of their useful life. This would be an interesting turn of events, as many people do not know what to do with their end of life electronics. Most people just throw it in the trash. In some countries, they are actually fining people for doing this and have seen an increase in recycling because of it. India’s plan would require electronics producers to implement a refundable deposit system for electronics as well as take back old devices. This is a great idea because it allows people more access to recycling, which ultimately will reduce the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfills.

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New Technology Being Developed For E-Scrap

New Technology Being Developed For E-Scrap

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.

http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0521self_destruct_ScottWhite_JohnRogers.html

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RecycleMania Tournament a Success

RecycleMania Tournament a Success

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.

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Plastic Bag Bans

Plastic Bag Bans

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.

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Solar Roadways - An Interesting Concept

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.

 

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Recycling Event!!

Recycling Event!!

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.

 

http://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/14-15/3/recyclemania-community-day.cfm?utm_source=Athens+Staff+Spring+2015&utm_campaign=93328694f1-Compass_Monday_March_23_2015_athens+staff&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03b9e7ecb2-93328694f1-40769629

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Our Client Relations Team Attends the OETC

Our Client Relations Team Attends the OETC

Accurate IT Services was happy to join the hundreds of schools and technology professionals at The Ohio Educational Technology Conference this week. The OETC is the largest P-20 state educational technology conference in the nation. Here, technology professionals and enthusiasts alike come together to explore the forefront of learning and innovation in Ohio. For us, the client relations team, it was really a great opportunity to get to know our clients. Clyde Woodson, our Client Relations Manager, enjoyed meeting the technology leaders in Ohio along with the many teachers and principals. At the OETC, we learned about where education is headed in Ohio and how many classrooms are now using computers instead of traditional textbooks, even elementary schools. Making this type of technology accessible to our children at the earliest age possible is the future of education.

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CRT Glass Takes Down Another Company

CRT Glass Takes Down Another Company

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 29, 2015

The trustee appointed to handle the liquidation of Creative Recycling Systems told E-Scrap News the company's collapse came down to one thing: CRT glass.

In an interview, Jerry McHale, trustee for the Florida-based processor currently ensnared in a multi-million dollar legal battle with Regions Bank, said Creative failed to devise a reasonable strategy to handle the significant loads of glass that came in company doors.

"Going back in history, to me, it looks like there was no strategic plan as to how they were going to solve their glass problem," McHale said. "Something should have occurred far earlier to take care of it or to adjust their pricing to reflect the fact that they were going to have to pay 15 or 20 cents a pound to get rid of that glass."

According to McHale, the company has roughly 30 million pounds of CRT material sitting in warehouses throughout the East Coast. It is also being sued for nearly $19 million by Regions Bank.

After failing to find a buyer for the once-promising company, and its extensive stockpile of CRT glass, Creative filed papers with a Florida court in mid-December to voluntarily liquidate its remaining assets and resolve its debts as part of the Regions case.

"Virtually all of the prospective buyers I talked with were really just interested in the potential acquisition of the assets," McHale explained. "If they acquired the company, they were also acquiring the glass and no one, I assure you, no one was interested in that glass."

McHale said the company, which has managed to sell some of its processing equipment, has few remaining assets to convert into capital. No employees remain with Creative.

As for who's going to be in charge of one day recycling the glass, McHale pointed to an abandonment order, approved by the court on Nov. 20, transferring ownership of all assets, including glass, to Regions and landlords of former Creative properties.

"This could be a Gordian knot," McHale said.

http://resource-recycling.com/node/5640

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Accurate IT Services Teaches Job Skills to the Community

Accurate IT Services Teaches Job Skills to the Community

Here at Accurate IT Services, we believe in giving back to our community. We work with Central Ohio schools and career development agencies to help young adults with special needs learn job skills. Jack Knapp, our Director of Client Relations, has helped Accurate IT Services make this possible by working with these schools and agencies. These programs help these young adults learn critical thinking and communication skills so they can find employment when they graduate. At Accurate IT Services, they are learning many on the job skills, including how to deconstruct computers and electronics. These students also learn how to identify and sort different types of electronics, among many other skills. This hands on approach to job training will help these young adults achieve long term success.

Scott Weigand, our Chief Operating Officer, believes that strong learning environments can truly shape young minds and prepare them for the future. Guiding young adults and helping them learn valuable job skills is Scott’s real passion in life. Accurate IT Services ensures that these students get real experience and on the job knowledge to help them grow.

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Our Director of Client Relations, Jack Knapp, Is a Finalist for the Regional Leadership Award

Our Director of Client Relations, Jack Knapp, Is a Finalist for the Regional Leadership Award

We'd like to congratulate our very own Jack Knapp, Director of Client Relations, for becoming a finalist for the Regional Leadership Award! 

Originally Posted by MORPC

MORPC STATE OF THE REGION 2015 AWARD NOMINEES
January 13, 2015

Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans will be honored by MORPC at the State of the Region Luncheon on Thursday, April 2 in the George Bellows Ballroom, Hilton in downtown Columbus. An awards ceremony honoring the winners of these prestigious awards is scheduled to take place at the luncheon.

The William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement award was created in 2006 in honor of William C. Habig, who served MORPC for 39 years, 34 years as executive director. The William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement award is annually presented to an individual or individuals who have achieved an effective effort or innovative collaborative in Central Ohio. The honoree (s) will have demonstrated success in developing a specific initiative or entity that supports broad inclusion and encourages diverse perspectives. The initiative or entity delivers tangible results addressing key challenges facing the region. The 2015 Nominees include:

 I270/US33 Interchange Project Partnership - A broad-based, multi-year coalition of public and private Central Ohio partners has propelled the I270/US33 Interchange's reconstruction start date to early 2015, at least 10 years ahead of schedule. The diverse collaboration of business organizations including the Union County Economic Development, the Columbus Chamber, Columbus 2020 and the Columbus Partnership; over 400 firms and individuals; ODOT; MORPC and the City of Dublin committed to making this project the region's top priority.

 Yaromir Steiner, Chair of insight2050 steering committee - Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner + Associates, and chair of the collaborative insight2050 initiative. Yaromir has been instrumental in bringing the private sector to the table and in successfully leading the diverse 30 member steering committee through the nine month project time frame. insight2050 is a public-private partnership that provides objective data and analysis to local governments, developers, and business leaders about the impact of the region’s population growth of the next 30+ years that is expected to be dramatically different from the past. The project results allow our communities to better understand the impact of future land use policies on key issues such as transportation, land consumption, government budgets, environmental and air quality.

• Jobs Expansion & Transportation (JET) Task Force – The JET Task is providing an actionable plan for increasing direct flights, expanding economic development, and examining the feasibility of making Port Columbus a regional transportation center.

• Senior Service Roundtable of Columbus and Franklin County - The Senior Services Roundtable celebrated its seventh anniversary in 2014. What began as a handful of concerned citizens and two government agencies has snowballed into a group of nearly 900 individuals, groups and organizations all committed to helping older adults. The Senior Services Roundtable of Columbus and Franklin County is a clearinghouse of information and ideas to assist seniors in Central Ohio, particularly those striving to remain independent in their later years.

First introduced in 1997, the Regional Leadership Award recognizes individuals in a 15-county region (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, Ross and Union counties) who make extraordinary efforts to ensure the future viability of the region's communities. The Regional Leadership Award is derived from the Commission's continuing dedication to addressing issues that transcend community boundaries and to stimulating visionary thinking. The 2015 Nominees include:

• Jack Knapp – Accurate IT Recycling Services
• Mayor Michael B. Coleman – City of Columbus
• John O'Meara – Franklin County Metro Parks

Online registration for the State of the Region is available at www.morpc.org/sotrevent. Early bird tickets are available for $85 each or $850 for a table of ten. After March 6, tickets will be available for $95 each. For more information, please contact Bernice Cage at 614-233-4157 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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CRT glass processor hit with $120,000 fine

CRT glass processor hit with $120,000 fine

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 20, 2014

An Arizona plant operated by Pennsylvania-based Dlubak Glass has been hit with a $120,000 fine for improper storage and recycling of CRTs.

During a routine inspection of the company's Yuma, Arizona plant, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials discovered broken CRT glass "throughout the five-acre facility," an ADEQ press release states. Soil stains were also detected, with lead levels "as much as 75 times more than the maximum federal and state exceedance level of five milligrams per liter."

In court, the company agreed to pay the $120,000 fine and store all glass indoors in clearly marked containers. Soil cleanup has also been performed.

Yuma is also the site of a now-notorious CRT abandonment by Dow Management in 2013. Approximately 3,000 tons of glass were left behind by Dow and a "voluntary" cleanup process has been undertaken by the company's former suppliers, ADEQ told E-Scrap News.

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R2 certification hits milestone

R2 certification hits milestone

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 14, 2014

More than 500 e-scrap recycling facilities around the world are now certified to the R2 standard.

R2 Solutions, the nonprofit organization responsible for developing and administering the standard, announced the news Feb. 7 in a press release. A total of 508 facilities across 14 countries are currently certified and "more are in the pipeline," the release states.

Facilities will have to update their certification this year to meet the recently introduced R2:2013 standard. A 58-page guidance document was released in November to aid firms conform to the changes, which include a requirement for certified facilities to have an environmental health and safety management system in place.

The R2 standard was founded in 2008.

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Locally Owned and Operated

Locally Owned and Operated

For four years, Accurate IT Services has been servicing the Central Ohio region with all their electronics recycling, asset recovery, and data destruction needs. And why not? We are a Columbus company minority owned and veteran operated who employs Columbus residents. As our business grows alongside a booming e-waste market, we would like to continue to serve our dedicated customers throughout Columbus and the region with free pickups, payment for electronic equipment, and guaranteed asset recovery and data destruction.

In addition, we have the capacity to reach across Ohio, servicing companies from Cleveland and Toledo to Cincinnati and Athens and everywhere in between. We regularly hold e-waste recycling drives throughout Ohio, servicing and putting money back into communities that have no other outlet for electronics. Furthermore, we now offer a zero-landfill box program for residential and business customers nationwide. Check out our “Services” page for more information.

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The City of Marion and Accurate IT Services Have Teamed Up For A Recycling Event!

Drop off cameras, computers and components, keyboards, monitors, radios, DVD and VCR players, fax machines, copiers, televisions, cell phones, speakers, switches, cables, mice, wireless equipment, games systems and more. There will be a $15 recycling fee for televisions, and all other electronic processing is free. Residential and business waste accepted. Call (740)223-4120 for senior pick-up services.

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