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We have released our first app on Google Play and it is available for android devices. It will be available for Apple devices in the coming weeks. With our app, you can easily schedule a pickup for your business by sending us a pickup request along with the information associated with it, including equipment types and amounts. The app sends us an email request where we will get in touch with you to schedule your date of pickup based on the information you provide. Our app also features a recycling calculator where you can see your environmental impact. This calculator estimates the weight of equipment diverted from the landfill. It also shows the toxic chemicals you have diverted from the landfills by recycling your electronics. Download our new app today and make scheduling your pickup of E-waste easier than ever! You can download our app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.recycling.ait.aitelectronicsrecycling

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Congratulations to the City of Lakewood! Keep Up the Good Work!

The reports for 2014 are in and the city of Lakewood recycled 51% of all of its waste, a significant increase since 2009 when they were at 42%. Not only are they recycling more, but they are saving money while doing it since they are paying less for trash fees. They have incorporated a curbside pickup program for recycling along with several other efforts including working with Accurate IT Services for their electronics recycling drop off program. Thank you, Lakewood, for making Ohio greener and for all your hard work. To read the full article, click the link below.


http://www.onelakewood.com/lakewood-recycling-rates-continue-to-climb/

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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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Accurate IT Services First Annual Company Picnic!!!

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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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Why R2 Is The Right Choice For Your Business

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Announcing A Fully Compostable Single-Serve Coffee Pod That Works With Keurig Machines

Announcing A Fully Compostable Single-Serve Coffee Pod That Works With Keurig Machines

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.

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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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The e-scrap year in review 2014

The e-scrap year in review 2014

Dec. 31, 2014

With the new year upon us, E-Scrap Newsrecaps a busy 2014 news cycle that saw CRT glass management issues take center stage alongside legislative battles and some surprising industry twists and turns.

In January, talk of a national billlimiting e-scrap exports was quelled after remarks made by Rep. John Shimkus. In a meeting with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Shimkus stated the proposed legislation, known as RERA, was not on his subcommittee's agenda for 2014. That development was celebrated by ISRI, a powerful opponent of the legislation, while the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling pledged to fight on.

On the heels of an announcement by Sims Recycling Solutions that 12 of its 14 North American facilities had become dual-certified to the e-Stewards and R2 standards, E-Scrap Newstook a look at the growing dual-certification trend. Research found more than 70 percent of firms certified to e-Stewards also held the R2 certification. John Shegerian, the CEO of Electronic Recyclers International, told the magazine dual certification was a simple matter of client demand. "So many clients wanted R2 and so many clients wanted e-Stewards, so we said we're just going to do both."

Based on the findings of an extensive telephone survey, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released data on remaining U.S. CRT tonnages. While about half as high as a previous estimate by recycling firm Kuusakoski, the CEA figure suggested roughly 3.5 million tons of CRT TVs and computer monitors could be found in American closets, basements and living rooms. "There are still a lot of CRTs out there. ... Six billion pounds of CRT TVs and 1 billion pounds of CRT monitors," Walter Alcorn, CEA's vice president of environmental affairs, said at the time. "But it's not infinite. This too shall pass, in terms of the CRT stream."

A former e-Stewards and R2-certified firm found itself in hot water this past March after leaving behind a significant stockpile of CRT glass at its closed Cincinnati site. After closing in 2013, 2trg sold its assets to publicly traded E-Waste Systems (EWSI) and claimed EWSI was also responsible for the glass on site. EWSI denied those claims but eventually participated in an effort to clean up the site. EWSI, the subject of a feature in the June 2014 print edition of E-Scrap News, would later be evicted from its own Ohio location in late 2014.

Creative Recycling Systems announced in May it would be closing its central processing facility in Tampa, Florida. The announcement was followed by rapid closuresof Creative properties throughout the country as the firm battled an $18.7 million lawsuit against it by Regions Bank. Creative filed for bankruptcy and looked for a potential buyer, but on Dec. 16 of 2014 announced it would aim to liquify its remaining assets.

After closing facilities in Dallas and New Jersey, Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) formulated a major restructuring of its Canadian and U.K. operations. The company said it was closing all Canadian operations and substantially reducing its U.K. activity. While competition was cited as a major challenge in the U.K., Sims argued original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in Canada had formed a "virtual monopoly organization" that forced the firm out of the region.

In a victory for reuse advocates in the industry, Congress passed a phone unlocking bill in late July to overturn a 2012 decision by the Librarian of Congress that essentially made unlockings illegal. By making both individual and bulk unlockings legal again, Congress opened the door for the industry to bypass wireless carriers and free devices to be resold and reused worldwide. The victory, however, has the potential to be short-lived, as the Librarian of Congress has the power in 2015 to again review the reach of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and determine whether unlockings should be legal or illegal.

Though much of 2014 was defined by CRT management struggles, a note of hope was sounded in late summer. Reporting on the state electronics recycling program in Washington showed e-scrap tonnages collected in the Evergreen State were on the decline year-over-year, an indication thatfewer CRT devices were being handed in by residents. Some industry observers said the numbers may be a sign that U.S. CRT volumes could be close to plateauing.

The developing world's informal processing sector was a focal point of analysis and discussion at the Electronics Recycling Asia Conference, held in Singapore in Asia. Speakers from government groups, recycling firms and nonprofit organizations all touched on strategies to help transform processing conditions in poorer areas but noted existing structures should be developed, not eradicated altogether.

 

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

http://resource-recycling.com/node/5547

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Report Analyzes Economic Impact of E-Scrap Export Ban

Report Analyzes Economic Impact of E-Scrap Export Ban

Recycling Today Staff

JUNE 4, 2013

A report conducted by John Dunham and Associates, Brooklyn, N.Y., and released by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, D.C., highlights the relationship between economic growth and electronic scrap export activity. According to the report, a ban on the export of electronic scrap would result in less competition, reduce jobs and increase the costs of consumers.

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E-Waste Event Season is Approaching

E-Waste Event Season is Approaching

April is just around the corner and with it comes the beginning of Accurate IT Services’ Community Recycling Events. With over a dozen e-waste events scheduled for 2013 already, Accurate IT will surely be in your area to responsibly recycle your old electronics.

For all of our community e-waste recycling events, we accept all electronics, including, but not limited to, old IT equipment, consumer electronics, and small household appliances. We will be accepting all electronic items free of charge, excluding CRT televisions, which has a $15 per unit fee associated with them. We will also not be accepting items containing Freon or Mercury.

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Study Finds Limiting E-Waste Exports Could Create U.S. Jobs

Study Finds Limiting E-Waste Exports Could Create U.S. Jobs

Recycling Today Staff

FEBRUARY 13, 2013

“Restrictions on electronic scrap exports could create up to 42,000 direct and indirect new jobs with a total payroll of more than $1 billion, according to a study commissioned by the Coalition For American Electronics Recycling (CAER).

“The study further documents how growing an industry with the capacity to manage the volume of e-waste generated within our borders could create tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs by promoting investment in our domestic infrastructure,” says Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions and CAER steering committee member.

CAER members include a number of electronics recyclers and affiliated organizations that support the passage of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA), legislation designed to promote fair and responsible e-waste trade, according to the CAER. The bill, which will be reintroduced in the current session of Congress, bans the export of certain types of unprocessed and nonworking electronics and e-waste from the U.S. to developing countries. Fair trade in tested, working electronics and processed e-scrap commodities would not be restricted, the group says.

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The Complex Business of Recycling E-Waste

The Complex Business of Recycling E-Waste

By Verne Kopytoff on January 08, 2013

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-08/the-complex-business-of-recycling-e-waste

IBM’s massive recycling facilities are more like rehabilitation centers. Most of the computers, printers, and servers—castoffs from IBM’s offices, along with equipment previously leased to corporate customers—are refurbished and resold. Some are salvaged for parts.

But inevitably some electronics are too old to resuscitate. Therein lies one of the biggest conundrums of the digital age: How to properly dispose of e-waste, which contains toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. “It’s easy to buy something, but it’s hard to get rid of it,” says Richard Dicks, general manager for the IBM (IBM) division that handles the triage.

Americans get rid of 47.4 million computers, 27.2 million televisions, and 141 million mobile devices annually, according to the latest figures from the Environmental Protection Agency. Only a quarter of all those devices are collected for recycling.

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Out With The Old and In With The New

Out With The Old and In With The New


The holiday season is upon us and many anxious shoppers are rushing out to find great deals on the newest computers, laptops, or LCD displays. Meanwhile, whether they’re purchasing these products for themselves or as gifts, their immediate response will not be “How do I recycle my old one?” However, after a couple weeks or months of sitting under a desk or in a garage, the time will finally come when the old PC, LCD, or gaming system will become “e-waste” and needs to be disposed of properly.

That is where Accurate IT Services comes in. We recycle all electronics, from computers and laptops to televisions, cell phones, and all-around IT scrap. We are an R2-certified electronics recycler in Columbus, OH that can offer a free recycling service for most electronics. More importantly, we are able to offer upfront payment for remarketable electronic equipment.

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Accurate IT Recycles for Ohio Schools

Accurate IT Recycles for Ohio Schools

As winter vacation approaches, many schools are looking to do some essential retirement of IT assets without the obstruction of daily school activities. Winter break provides schools with ample time to gather, organize, and recycle their out-of-date IT scrap.

Accurate IT Services, Ohio’s premier electronics recycler, doesn’t take breaks for winter. We are here to assist Ohio schools in every step of the process. We offer on-site pickups, rain [or snow] or shine, usually within one to two days of your request. We will send out a team of professional experienced employees to assist in the removal of any and all electronics for recycling; from carrying your e-waste from that dark storage closet in the basement to our trucks, with your equipment receiving white-glove treatment all along the way.

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The Lesser-Known Facts About E-Waste Recycling

The Lesser-Known Facts About E-Waste Recycling

Greg Voakes – Business Insider

“The Internet revolution might have revolutionized how we live and communicate, but it’s also had a rather more insidious effect on our environment. Strange as it might sound, our rush to buy new laptops and phones – while chucking our old ones into the trash – has led to a new eco disaster in the making.

Yes, while we all pride ourselves on a commitment to a clean, green planet, our actions say otherwise. Robert Barham of Phone Shop UK says " All those old cell phone chargers you chucked into a bin, the old monitor you just threw away, and the ancient printer that you dumped are all in a landfill somewhere, polluting our planet." Yes, around 14,000,000 junked mobile phones (weighing over 65,000 tonnes) reach our nation’s landfills each year – releasing an astounding 80,000 lbs of highly toxic lead.

And if they aren't being buried, polluting our land and water, they’ll be sent to a developing nation, where workers will, in unsanitary conditions, risk their health in trying to extract precious materials from your old E-waste – did you know that mobile phones contain high amounts of poisonous elements and materials like chromium, mercury, and arsenic?

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E-Scrap Recycling Awareness on the Rise

E-Scrap Recycling Awareness on the Rise

 -By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
  Nine out of 10 consumers believe it's important to recycle their old electronic devices and 63 percent know how to do it, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association.

The CEA's CE Recycling and Reuse 2012 Edition study found that awareness of the importance of electronics recycling and locations is on the rise. Recently, the trade association has worked with local, state and federal governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, to educate consumers on the availability and accessibility of electronics recycling locations.

"The CE industry aims to make recycling consumer electronics as easy as purchasing them. The marked increase in consumer awareness of how and where to recycle their electronics illustrates the progress our industry has made on this issue," said Walter Alcorn, CEA's vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, in a prepared statement.

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Accurate IT Services Featured on Local News

Accurate IT Services Featured on Local News

On Monday, September 3rd, Columbus’ local ABC/FOX affiliate covered the increase in laptop theft around The Ohio State University’s campus area. Data security has become a major issue for these burglary victims.

Providing an expert opinion on how to secure your electronics from theft was Peter DiGravio of Accurate IT Services. DiGravio offered advice on the use of inexpensive tools for protecting your laptop, using such items as physical laptop locks. He also suggested software that helps police trace a laptop’s IP address to its physical location. Both of these items can be purchased for under $20.

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Our Lady of Bethlehem E-Waste Recycling Event

Our Lady of Bethlehem E-Waste Recycling Event

This past weekend, Accurate IT Services partnered with Big Green Head, the premier local ‘Green’ promoter, to host an Electronics Recycling Drive at Our Lady of Bethlehem Church in Columbus, Ohio.

This E-Waste Drop-Off Day was a part of the Accurate IT and Big Green Head year long E-Waste Drop-Off program, offering free electronics recycling events throughout Columbus Ohio.

Our Lady of Bethlehem’s successful e-waste recycling drive collected a total of 8424 lbs and diverted 34 CRT TVs from local landfills!

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