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New reports find the average lifespan of a flat panel TV to be 10 years

tvsA U.K. based non-profit group called WRAP conducted a study on 400 flat panel TVs that measured their life span. They also measured average laptop life spans in this study. Flat panel TVs lasted an average of 10 years, while laptops came in at a close second at 9.6 years. This information is crucial to calculate, as recyclers must be able to prepare for the estimated 470 million flat panel TVs to enter the E-waste stream. Some of these TVs are being closely monitored by this group because they contain mercury from cold cathode fluorescent lamps. According to WRAP the industry could potentially face challenges with this type of material.

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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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The Number of Tablets Being Recycled Is At An All Time High

The Number of Tablets Being Recycled Is At An All Time High

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.

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Woman Recycles Apple Computer Worth 200K in California

Woman Recycles Apple Computer Worth 200K in California

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.

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The Aztechs Robotics Team Visits Accurate IT Services

The Aztechs Robotics Team Visits Accurate IT Services

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.

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KAB Offers Ideas on Boosting Office 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:

  • Small trash can attached to a larger recycling bin
  • Equal-sized recycling and garbage cans
  • Only a recycling bin
  • Making no changes to the existing configuration but providing recycling information

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.

http://resource-recycling.com/node/5916?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=READ%20MORE%3E%3E&utm_campaign=RRN%2005-05-15

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More than 200K plastic bottles dumped in UCF Reflecting Pond

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.

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/jon-busdeker/os-plastic-bottles-ucf-pond-post.html

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Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention

Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention

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.

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Electronics Recycling Drive at the Columbus Zoo!

Electronics Recycling Drive at the Columbus Zoo!

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

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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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Medina county in Ohio hits mixed-waste processing crossroads

Medina county in Ohio hits mixed-waste processing crossroads

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

http://resource-recycling.com/node/5834?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=READ%20MORE%3E%3E&utm_campaign=PRU%2004-07-15

 

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.

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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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Keurig Green Mountain begins to take steps in the right direction

Keurig Green Mountain begins to take steps in the right direction

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.

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Recycling Interest Groups Take On Keurig Green Mountain

Recycling Interest Groups Take On Keurig Green Mountain

As an electronics recycler, we see our fair share of plastics that need to be recycled, like computer cases and household appliances. One type of plastic that many people use is the Keurig K-cups and unfortunately they are not readily recyclable. It says on their website that they aren’t and that they are currently working on the problem. They expect to have a solution by 2020, 5 years from now. Most people find this answer to be unacceptable, including the creator of the design, John Sylvan. He has approached the company several times with solutions to this problem and his ideas have been rejected. He actually regrets coming up with one of the most popular coffee brewing designs because of the impact on the environment.

According to several sources, many companies that have tried to fix the problem on their own are actually being sued by Keurig Green Mountain. One company has actually created a plastic clip for the single serve brewer that allows for outside single serve cups; ones that are recyclable. According to this company, the impact of the non recyclable K-cups in nearly unfathomable. “Lined up, end to end, the 9.8 billion 2-inch pods sold by Keurig in 2014 alone would encircle the equator 12.4 times, according to Murray Carpenter, author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us. The estimated 35.6 billion pods sold by Keurig since 2007 (Green Mountain Coffee purchased coffee-maker Keurig in 2006) would encircle the globe more than 45 times.”

Those numbers are quite shocking, especially for such a short timeline, and are only expected to increase. Most homes and offices have this type of appliance and every single day these cups are ending up in the trash. While Keurig is looking into a compostable option for its cups, most cities lack the infrastructure in their municipalities to make a big difference. They also have the brew your own style cup where you can fill it with whatever coffee or tea grounds you like. The problem is, most people still buy the K-cups because they can just throw them away when they are done instead of washing out the custom brew container. Many third party companies are now spreading the word on the environmental impact in an effort to help the environment and are doing what they can to come up with solutions.

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Accurate IT Services Helps Create Training Video with Dublin Power Plus and OCALI

Accurate IT Services Helps Create Training Video with Dublin Power Plus and OCALI

Yesterday, we were honored to work on a training video with Dublin City Schools Power Plus Program and OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence.  They filmed the Power Plus Students while working at our warehouse and showed detailed the training they receive.  They also interviewed them and our staff about their experiences and thoughts on this partnership. They interviewed Jack Knapp our Director of Client Relations, Rich Williams the tear down supervisor and Matt Muse the warehouse manager about the young men and the program.  Yesterday’s filming will be part of a training video series that will be used by schools, businesses, and organizations worldwide. We are honored to have been include on this inspirational learning tool. Now we are able to help not only Central Ohio communities, but communities throughout the world.  

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CRT Glass Recycling and Reuse Development

CRT Glass Recycling and Reuse Development

As most of us in the recycling world know, CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) glass is very difficult to deal with and handling CRT equipment can be a dangerous job because of the amount of lead. CRT equipment is considered one of the hardest types of electronics to recycle. There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to reusing it and there is an over abundance of this type of equipment in the recycling industry. Recently, there have been some interesting developments for the reuse of CRT glass. One spanish based company is beginning a pilot project for using the glass in ceramic tiles. There is already a company in California that is currently making these tiles. They basically turn the CRT glass into a sand like material. This material can also be used in road striping, building materials, and even used as golf course sand. CRT glass can be used as charge material in certain metal production processes. While the reuse market is still very small, there have been great developments in recent years. With the continued dedication of the community we can divert all of CRT equipment from landfills everywhere and even make use of it with the recent advancements in technology.

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Accurate IT Services and the Power Plus Program - Interview with Joshua McDonald

Accurate IT Services and the Power Plus Program - Interview with Joshua McDonald

Josh is one of the many great students in the Power Plus Program, which is a community based post secondary job training program created by Dublin City Schools. Josh has also been here a little over six months and during his time here he has increased his skill set tremendously. He’s always got a smile on his face and he’s a very hard worker. In his interview, he said that he feels happy and proud to learn at Accurate IT Services. He also said that learning here has helped him become more independent and that he is able to use tools more efficiently. Like the other Power Plus students, Josh feels that training here will help him gain employment in the future. That is why the Power Plus Program is so great. It teaches job skills to these young adults so that they can apply them in life. We are so lucky to be able to work with this program and great students like Josh. Thank you Josh, for all your hard work here from all of us at Accurate IT Services.

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Accurate IT Services and the Power Plus Program - Interview with Mike Liba

Accurate IT Services and the Power Plus Program - Interview with Mike Liba

We’ve interviewed another student in the Power Plus Program, Mike Liba, and asked him about his experience at Accurate IT Services. He has also been here since August of last year and he enjoys taking apart electronics. Mike said that learning these skills has applied to other areas in his life including being able to help his father. He believes that by learning and using these skills his possibilities are endless. He’s also learned how to take apart computers and identify the specific components in them. These skills can be retained and applied in life to help Mike find employment when he graduates. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to give back to the community. We are happy to give these students a place to gain knowledge and experience. We would also like to thank Mike for all his excellent work here.

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Accurate IT Services and the Power Plus Program - Interview With Colin Hopper

Accurate IT Services and the Power Plus Program - Interview With Colin Hopper

We got the chance to ask Colin Hopper, a student in the Power Plus program, about his work here and what he’s learned so far. He’s been here since August of last year and his favorite thing to do is deconstruct computer towers and servers. Colin elaborated on the types of skills he has learned here including patience, repetition, professionalism, and how to meet work standards. Colin also said that learning at Accurate IT Services will help him to keep improving and even find employment when he graduates. We are delighted to work with these students and teach them valuable skills. We want to thank the Dublin Power Plus program for giving us the opportunity to help the community and Colin for all his hard work here at Accurate IT Services.

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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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