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Trash or Treasure?

Trash or Treasure?

As Rep. Gene Green prepares to reintroduce the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, a recent study says such legislation would generate numerous jobs in the U.S. However, the proposed legislation still has detractors.

Curt Harler – Recycling Today

APRIL 1, 2013

Electronics are part of our everyday waste stream. Many government officials say they feel the improper disposal of such devices presents a risk to both American jobs and to the world’s environment.

To that end, a bill known as the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) was introduced in Congress as HR 2284 in June 2011 by Texas Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat, with 14 Republicans and nine Democrats signing on as co-sponsors. However, it died in committee. According to his office, Green will reintroduce the measure in this session of Congress. The bill restricts exports of untested and nonworking electronics from the U.S. to developing countries, though it would still allow free trade of tested and working used electronics being exported for reuse.

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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 Collects 40,000 lbs of E-Waste at Columbus Zoo Event

Accurate IT Services Collects 40,000 lbs of E-Waste at Columbus Zoo Event

This past weekend, Accurate IT Services, in conjunction with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, held a two-day electronics recycling drive at the Columbus Zoo.

Between Saturday and Sunday, 482 vehicles passed through the Columbus Zoo’s parking lot to recycle their old computers, televisions, cell phones, and much more! As a result, 40,000 lbs. of e-waste was diverted from Ohio landfills, including 125 CRT televisions. People came from all around Ohio and its surrounding states to recycle their electronics and assist the Columbus Zoo in their sustainability initiatives.

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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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Accurate IT Services Redesigns its E-Waste Website

Accurate IT Services Redesigns its E-Waste Website

In an effort to provide a more user-friendly website, Accurate IT Services has redesigned its electronics recycling website, www.ait-recycle.com.

Not only does Accurate IT Services pride itself on our environmentally-friendly and socially-conscious recycling services throughout Central Ohio, but it works tirelessly on providing an educational experience for electronics recycling, complete with the ease of establishing recycling pickups and contacting AITS employees with any questions.

The new website features an educational section called “Why Recycle Electronics?” which focuses on the importance of recycling old electronics or “e-waste.”

It also promotes Accurate IT Services’ certifications in ISO 14001 and the R2 (Responsible Recycling) Standard. Accurate IT Services’ R2 certification is representative of our constant efforts to ensure that your equipment is responsibly and securely recycled, using authorized vendors, safe working practices, and secure data destruction. Being one of only a few R2-Certified companies in Columbus, OH, Accurate IT works to provide customers with the guarantee that their equipment is handled appropriately.

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Data Security in an Information-Rich Age

Data Security in an Information-Rich Age

In today’s society, important personal information like credit card accounts, social security numbers, and private data has become easily exploitable by those who fail to recognize the importance of data security. When taking an old storage device to your local neighborhood electronics recycler, you should ask certain questions to ensure that your information will be destroyed securely and responsibly.

Ask questions like: What happens to my IT Scrap? What does your company do to protect my data? Are you authorized to accept data sensitive electronics for recycling? Is you company R2 certified? The R2 certification is awarded to those electronics recyclers that follow the voluntary Responsible Recycling standard developed by the EPA. Not only does this standard focus on the importance of accountable e-waste recycling, but it ensures customers that their data is being destroyed securely though the scrutiny placed on the recycler’s data destruction processes.

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Accurate IT Services New Website Look

Accurate IT Services New Website Look

Accurate IT Services has launched our new www.accurateit.com retail website design. Our updated site allows customers the ability to create an account and manage their orders and order history. The new site will allow Accurate IT Services to better meet our customers’ needs, and provide our customers with up-to-date news and sales promotion information.

The new look and use of the site has made ordering and searching easier in a more modern and easier to use storefront. Accurate IT Services provides the most cost effective refurbished computer equipment in the United States. We carry brands like Dell, Acer, HP, IBM, Lenovo, LG, Viewsonic, NEC, and more. We provide refurbished LCD monitors, desktop PC’s, and Laptops all backed by our in house warranty.

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Westerville Ohio Recycling Event

Westerville Ohio Recycling Event

9/26/2011 – Accurate IT Services will be participating in an electronics recycling and paper shredding event with our friends at Columbus Paper Shredding Company on October 8th. This event will be held at Ciminello’s Nursery at 567 Lazelle Road, Westerville, OH from 9am to 1pm. As always, Accurate IT will be accepting all electronics free of charge except for televisions, which have a $10-15 disposal fee. Also, Columbus Paper Shredding Company will be accepting all your old documents for secure shredding. So come out to Ciminello’s Nursery on October 8th and recycle your electronics with Accurate IT! And don’t forget about our Marysville Electronics Recycling Event on the very same day. We’ll be accepting e-waste there from 9am-1pm along with television recycling for $15.

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Federal Legislation on E-Waste Recycling

Federal Legislation on E-Waste Recycling

Recently, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011 was introduced with bi-partisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate. In short, the bill would make it illegal to send toxic e-waste to developing nations. Toxic e-waste includes, among others, waste Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), waste batteries, and items containing mercury. These materials are essentially the “Focus Materials” defined in the Responsible Recycling (R2) standard developed by the EPA.

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Lack of Ohio E-Waste Regulations

Lack of Ohio E-Waste Regulations

Many states have recently developed regulations stating that certain non-working and obsolete electronic products must be treated as hazardous waste if intended for disposal. However, Ohio is not one of those states. As of 2008, ten states have state legislation regarding the disposal of e-waste. Furthermore, obsolete electronics that contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and mercury are considered hazardous waste under federal regulations. However, these regulations do not apply to “small quantity generators” like household sources of electronics. Therefore, it is perfectly legal to throw electronic waste in the trash in most states.

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An Update on Accurate IT Services Recycling Certifications

An Update on Accurate IT Services Recycling Certifications

As you may have already noticed, there are two very distinct logos at the bottom of our website. These logos indicate the certifications we are reaching for. Though we are not certified yet, all development, implementation, and maintenance of R2 and ISO 14001 standards are in effect throughout our operation. The final stage in our certification process is the Stage 2 Audit, which is scheduled for early August.

First, the ISO 14001 standard deals with the development, implementation, and maintenance of an Environmental Management System (EMS). This EMS allows the company to strive for the continual improvement of its operation and its footprint on the environment. This is primarily done through the establishment of objectives, targets, and their subsequent environmental management programs.

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Marion County's first TV drop-off a success

Marion County's first TV drop-off a success

MARION - Organizers of the first Marion County recycling collection to allow televisions didn't know what to expect before Saturday.

They quickly discovered it would be a success when they saw a line of vehicles waiting an hour before they opened in front of Buffalo Wild Wings and didn't see the line slow down throughout the afternoon.

Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention partnered with the city and Accurate IT Recycling Services of Columbus to collect all types of electronics including computers and televisions. MCRLP Director Angie Carbetta said it was the first time a collection in the county accepted televisions, widely not accepted because they are a hazard and expensive to process.

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