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With the onset of autumn and school activities, many folks are initiating fall cleaning and may be discovering old computers, video games systems, TVs, printers, cell phones, stereos, batteries, etc that are no longer used or do not work.
This type of waste is called e-waste and according to USEPA is one of the fastest growing sources of waste in the United States. Due to its components, this waste can be recycled instead of thrown away as trash for landfill disposal. Metals, plastics, and batteries from e-waste can be recovered and made into new materials and products.
On Sept. 17, North American Stainless is sponsoring an Electronic Waste Recycling Event in conjunction with Arkema’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. While Arkema accepts household hazardous waste such as used oil, paint, paint thinners, antifreeze, etc, in their parking lot located at 2316 Highland Avenue in Carrollton, NAS will be accepting the electronic equipment at the same location from 8 a.m. to noon. By working together, this will ease proper waste management for local residents.
As a leading member of the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership Program and an active member of Kentucky Recycling Interest Group, NAS will be hiring a green recycler, 2trg, to properly manage the recycling of e-wastes. 2trg is a Cincinnati-based recycling company with a committed zero landfill policy.
NAS is a strong promoter of green activities and recycling, officials said in a news release. As a manufacturer of stainless steel, NAS is dependent on receiving reclaimed steel from scrap yards to recycle and manufacture new stainless steel that is sold throughout the world. Additionally, NAS mandates recycling within its operations.
NAS diverts rags and gloves from being landfilled by laundering these items, the news release states. NAS also recycles the small waste streams such as beverage containers, cardboard and office paper, as well as larger industrial waste streams, such as brick and metallic dusts. By recycling these materials, these waste streams are processed to manufacture new materials at significant energy and cost savings. Recycling saves landfill space, reduces water usage and minimizes potential pollution when compared to the same materials made from virgin materials.
NAS officials encourage local residents to participate in the e-waste recycling event and support the green initiative.
Facts about E-Waste Recycling (www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/faq.htm):
• In 2009, only 25 percent of the TVs, computers and other e-waste items were recycled or refurbished.
• Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
• One metric ton of circuit boards contains 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the U.S.
— Provided by North American Stainless.