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62% of Households Hoarding, Not Recycling, Old Cell Phones

62% of Households Hoarding, Not Recycling, Old Cell Phones

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – WRN Staff

Americans are still hesitant about recycling their old mobile phones.

Almost 2 out of 3 households in America – 62% to be exact – are hoarding their old cell phones instead of recycling them, according to a recent survey from mobile-phone security company Lookout Mobile.

Twenty-one percent of households have one phone they are holding on to; 21% have two; 9% have three; and a stunning 11% -- 1 in 9 households -- are hoarding four or more cellphones, the survey revealed.

Lookout Mobile said another 33 million cellphones were expected to be sold this holiday season as consumers rush to upgrade to newer devices.

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6 Myths About the End of the IT Lifecycle

6 Myths About the End of the IT Lifecycle

By Jim O’Grady
Created 2012-12-11 05:00 – Greenbiz.com

“It seems like every time you look up, a new technology or solution is launched to market, promising to be better, faster and cheaper. As the amount of new technology increases, so does the amount of technology that must be replaced.

In the last year alone, the amount of e-waste has increased by nearly 20 percent. Without a proper IT asset management process, residual and end-of-life assets can quickly eat into any cost savings that might have been achieved from implementing the new technology in the first place.

Investing in innovative, new technologies is a must for enterprises looking to retain their competitive edge. It’s more important than ever for CIOs to define an end-to-end process for their legacy and end-of-life assets. The path to asset recovery -- maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment -- is often waylaid by misconceptions. Unaware of their options, or concerned with the seeming complexity of asset recovery, CIOs may be tempted to recycle or destroy old equipment as a first option. Often, this may not be the most cost-effective or efficient option.

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Recycling vs. Convenience

Recycling vs. Convenience

From: Allison Winter, ENN

“We all have managed to stockpile an old computer or two, maybe a couple of corded phones or even a two hundred pound TV set from 1985 that you simply don’t know what to do with. As your electronic waste, or e-waste accumulates in your garage collecting dust you decide it’s finally time to take action. You can either take everything to your local recycling facility, which is half an hour away and only open for two hours on the first Saturday of the month or you can throw the pieces out with your trash.

You know throwing the e-waste away is not the proper way to dispose of your outdated technology, but the convenient solution would be to cross your fingers and hope the garbage truck takes the pieces one by one.

Even though awareness about electronics recycling and available recycling locations is increasing, according to a study released from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), consumers still say convenience is a determining factor as to whether or not they recycle their electronic waste.

According to the CE Recycling and Reuse 2012 Edition study, six in ten consumer electronic owners removed at least one device from their homes in the last year, with 48% donating the device for reuse and 26% choosing to recycle. The other twelve percent put their electronic devices in the trash citing that it was the most convenient option. Convenience can take into account time, resources, and cost, which plays heavily on how consumers decide to get rid of waste.

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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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EPA Challenges E-Waste Recycling Industry to Certify Its Act

EPA Challenges E-Waste Recycling Industry to Certify Its Act

Gabriele Crognale, PE - Sustainable Plant

On September 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of its Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge, an initiative to make proactive electronics refurbishing and recycling practices the industry standard. To further drive the point home, EPA made the announcement at Vintage Tech Recyclers, a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, Illinois.

Officiating at the event, EPA Administrator Lisa. P. Jackson said, “Already, the United States generates almost 2.5 million tons of electronic waste per year – and that number will only grow. Used electronics have materials in them that can be recovered and recycled, reducing the economic costs and environmental impacts of securing and processing new materials for new products.” Jackson continued, “The SMM Electronics Challenge will help us ensure that we are doing all we can to repurpose or safely dispose of the cell phones, computers and other devices we use every day – all while helping to build a robust market for electronics recycling in the United States.”

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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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2012 E-Recycling Drive at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Sept. 15-16 with Accurate IT Services

2012 E-Recycling Drive at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Sept. 15-16 with Accurate IT Services

September 15-16, 2012
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be holding a two-day electronics recycling drive on September 15th and 16th, and will be accepting all forms of electronics.The electronics will be collected by Accurate IT Services, a locally-owned and R2 Certified e-waste recycler, from 10AM to 5PM on both days. Residents, businesses, and any other organizations can drop off their electronics with the assurance that their old equipment will be recycled responsibly and securely, all with a portion of the proceeds going back to the Columbus Zoo!
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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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Saturday Electronics Recycling Will Keep Hazardous Waste Out of Landfills

Saturday Electronics Recycling Will Keep Hazardous Waste Out of Landfills

Tabitha Clark - Marion Star

MARION - While many people have opinions about the junk that is shown on television today, few understand the junk inside a television can be dangerous if not disposed of properly.

That's why the Delaware Knox Marion Morrow Solid Waste District is sponsoring a TV and electronics recycling day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

"We're mainly collecting televisions," said Angie Carbetta of the Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention program. "It is such a problem item to recycle. They cost money to process, and there is nowhere to recycle televisions in Marion."

There will be a $10 fee at the drop-off to recycle televisions. There is no charge for other electronics.

While this collection day will take all electronics, it is a special collection to focus on televisions and raise awareness about electronics waste.

Recycling electronics and televisions saves landfill space, keeps toxins out of the environment and recovers precious metals and recyclable plastic, Carbetta said.

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Green Jobs and Other Benefits of E-Waste Recycling

Green Jobs and Other Benefits of E-Waste Recycling

By Drew Hendricks – National Geographic

E-waste has become a serious threat to our environment as more and more gadgets are thrown out after usage into dustbins. This leads to toxic pollution, as electronics break down and release heavy metals, flame retardants, and other chemicals into soil and water.

To address the problem, environmentalists have been pushing for laws in the U.S. and abroad that require companies that manufacture cell phones, computers, and other electronic gadgets to recycle their own e-waste. In fact, responsibly recycling e-waste is a growing field that is providing new green jobs and keeping toxic chemicals out of our land and water.

India is thought to process around eight hundred thousand tons of e-waste every year. However, in that country there are only a few recycling firms registered under the government to process e-waste, meaning a lot of used electronic gadgets are dismantled and dumped in the informal sector, sometimes without proper care to protect laborers or the environment from toxic components.

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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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How to Resolve the E-Waste Challenge

How to Resolve the E-Waste Challenge

Dr. Moses Amweelo
July 13, 2012

ACCORDING to UN statistics, the global community produces a total of 40 million tonnes of e-waste every year - loaded into trucks the waste constitutes a chain that easily reaches around the globe.

Due to rapid product innovations and shorter replacement cycles, especially in ICT (IT Association SA- Industry Waste Management Plan, 2011), e-waste constitutes the fastest growing waste stream, specifically in developing countries, with estimates indicating that volumes could triple over the next five years.

E-waste is term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment that have reached their product end of life cycle. It comprises three main categories, namely ICT and office equipment (e.g. desktop pc's, laptops, copy-/fax machines, cell phones, and telephones); consumer electronics (e.g. TV, radio, HiFi's, speakers) and household appliances (e.g. kettles, irons, vacuum cleaners). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to Electronic Waste as "electronic products that are discarded by consumers."

Electronic waste is not just waste, it contains some very toxic substances, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. When the latter are burned at low temperatures they create additional toxins, such as halogenated dioxins and furans - some of the most toxic substances known to humankind.

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Finding Top-Tier Electronics Recyclers - The R2 Standard

Finding Top-Tier Electronics Recyclers - The R2 Standard

Until recently, municipalities, businesses and residents seeking recycling services for used electronic equipment had very few assurances that electronic scrap would be handled correctly by their chosen recycler. Aside from a recycler’s promise, how would consumers of electronics recycling services know claims of environmental and social responsibility were authentic? Large corporations would sometimes take on the expense of auditing a recycler, and possibly even the recycler’s downstream vendors. However, this is a time consuming and expensive process that too few customers had the resources to perform. A certification program specifically designed for the electronics recycling industry was clearly needed. There was rising industry support to develop a standard that would effectively address the operational and materials management concerns associated with electronics recycling activities, and give customers confidence that their electronic equipment was being responsibly recycled.

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Spring Has Come and Gone!

Spring Has Come and Gone!

Spring is over and many have finally completed that dreaded task of cleaning their basement, garage, or old storage closet. In Central Ohio, many residents found that their collection of e-waste had grown to two sizes too big. So, those residents took advantage of the many Community Electronics Recycling Events offered by Accurate IT Services across the Ohio area and chose to recycle their e-waste responsibly with a locally-owned and R2 Certified electronics recycler.

Based on Accurate IT Services’ Environmental Management Program dedicated to Community Recycling Events, in the Spring months of 2012 alone, the Ohio region recycled 165,372 lbs. (83 tons) with Accurate IT in just 12 events! These 83 tons of e-waste was diverted from Ohio landfills and recycled responsibly, keeping Ohio beautiful.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Storage, and Waste Management for Consumer Electronics, Computer Equipment, and Mobile Phones: Market Analysis and Forecasts

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Storage, and Waste Management for Consumer Electronics, Computer Equipment, and Mobile Phones: Market Analysis and Forecasts

Electronics Recycling and E-Waste Issues
By: Pike Research

As the adoption of consumer electronics, mobile phones, and computer equipment continues to increase around the world, the business and environmental challenges associated with electronic device disposition at end-of-life (EOL) grow greater and greater. Pike Research anticipates that, as devices become obsolete and are replaced, the total volume of EOL electronics, which is known as e-scrap, will more than double between 2010 and 2025, placing increasing pressure on industry players, governments, and advocacy groups to find new ways to expand electronics recycling and reuse. E-scrap that is not recycled, reused, or stored becomes e-waste and is buried, incinerated, or dumped.

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Why choose an R2 recycler?

Why choose an R2 recycler?

R2 Practices: Making your IT asset disposal choice easy

By: R2 Solutions

According to a recent survey conducted by Converge, IT managers at mid- to large-size companies cite data breach from discarded computers as the number one concern when disposing of IT equipment. Environmental practices, ensuring proper e-waste disposal, and finding asset disposition support for remarketing or reusing equipment were also top priorities listed in this report.

The R2 Standard addresses all of these areas of concern, so you can be sure that your IT equipment is managed according to the highest industry standards while meeting your organizational goals and needs. Every certified R2 recycler has been rigorously audited by an independent third party auditor that evaluates each recycler in more than 50 areas of operational and environmental performance.

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The Green IT movement has lost the plot

The Green IT movement has lost the plot

E-waste, and not energy conservation, is what really matters

By David Moschella

When it comes to environmental sustainability, the information technology community has seriously mistaken its priorities. Our latest research has confirmed what we have been saying for four years. The IT industry is already energy-neutral in terms of its consumption and savings, but there is still no credible scenario for safely managing the global production and disposal of literally billions of personal computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices. Yet even today, improving the energy efficiency of IT equipment is still the overwhelming focus of the Green IT community.

While energy efficiency is recommended business hygiene, the total energy consumption of IT hardware is not a serious societal problem. Most estimates suggest that all of the world's data centers, PCs and networks consume between 1.5% and 3% of the world's energy. While precise measurements are always difficult, does anyone seriously doubt that the IT-enabled energy savings stemming from e-commerce, telecommuting, teleconferencing, digital newspapers, virtual offices, smart buildings, smart products, etc. aren't enough to offset this?

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