Legislation Surrounding Recycling Obsolete IT Products

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With technology progressing in leaps and bounds, mass production systems falling in place, and computers becoming cheaper by the day, the number of obsolete computers being discarded by people for newer ones is also on the rise. Such computers are a valuable source for some raw materials, if recycled properly. If not done in the right manner, they can be a source of toxins that would pollute the earth to a very great extent.

Analysts feel the need for a legal framework and recycling system to be in place for proper handling of the recycling process. In the United States, an estimated 63 million computers have been traded for replacements as early as in 2007. For now, the numbers are likely to be much higher. Electronic wastes such as these if buried in the land, or are incinerated, can cause immense harm to the water table and surrounding air. Metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium are released into the environment.

However, the good news is that materials like tin, silicon, aluminum, and some plastics that is removed from old computers can be reused in the making of newer machines. Copper and gold are also present in the circuitry and are valuable components.

Lead is a toxic metal that is present in reasonable quantities in a computer. A 15-inch computer can contain up to 1.5 pounds of the metal. Lead is also found on the circuit boards that contain the solder. Export of e-waste to countries that do not have strict environment regulations is a major controversy with countries exporting used computers accused of using the others as dumping grounds of e-waste.

Many countries have made it mandatory that the manufacturers and sellers of electronic equipment and computers are responsible for recycling them as well. Commercial businesses have the option of contacting the original equipment manufacturers and arranging the recycling program with them.

Consumers, on the other hand, can choose to donate computers to organizations that specifically function for the purpose, sending the device back to the company that manufactured the computer, or can choose to sell it to a recycling agency. There exist other companies that would buy old computers as a cheaper option.

Some non-profit organizations buy old computers for use and offer tax benefits in return to the seller. It is highly recommended that a buyer of the computer check all recycling/take-back services of the computer company before the purchase. Many a time they offer a new replacement in exchange for the old one. For systems that are too old or are just obsolete, scrapping them is the only choice. In countries where such systems cannot be buried, melting of dismantled components to retrieve some of the metals is the only choice.

 

Claire Jarrett is writing for Millrace IT, MillRace IT will buy any IT and telecoms equipment that still has economic value. They also offer Sell it equipment and Recycling IT

 

Colorado Cannabis Business Expands its Recycling Initiative, to Encourage Marijuana Retailers to Keep Their Businesses Green

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Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

DENVER (May 26, 2015) – As the nation’s legal cannabis industry expands and evolves, it is also experiencing many of the growing pains felt by other start-up businesses. And like their mainstream counterparts, one major issue that cannabis companies now have to grapple with is how to recycle the tons of paper and plastic that marijuana growers, dispensaries and consumers go through each year.

“Where others see waste we see the opportunity to enhance our environment for the benefit of our community, our retailers and our customers,” says Ryan Fox, founder and CEO of Kindman: one of the largest growers and distributors of legal recreational cannabis in Colorado.

Fox says Kindman is now expanding its own recycling initiative to its marijuana industry partners in Colorado – by encouraging those retailers to make sure Kindman packaging ends up in recycling bins, and not as discarded waste.

“Since opening our doors in 2009, we have actively practiced a 100 percent recycling effort,” he notes, “and as a result, we can proudly say that more than half of our waste is recycled in bins that get taken to Waste Management through their Think Green program. The other half that goes to the landfill, we make sure it’s compostable.”

By state law, all marijuana products in Colorado must be sold in tamper-proof, child-resistant and opaque containers. Those rules make the products safer and easier for regulators to monitor, but they also create the need for making our own packaging recyclable, says Fox.

With those environmental concerns in mind, Fox pioneered Kindman’s pre-packaged, pre-weighed and easily identifiable cannabis brands – and made sure all that packaging material was recyclable.

He took the extra steps to have his company use Plastic #2 – HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) bottles that are much safer for the environment, have a lower risk of leaching and are widely accepted by curbside recycling programs. Plastic #2 is often recycled into pens, recycling containers, picnic tables, lumber, benches, fencing and detergent bottles, to name just a few items.

The rest of the Kindman’s packaging, including its distinctive, forest-green boxes, are made from cardboard and paper that’s accepted by mainstream recycling companies. Fox notes that, even if his retailers don’t have ready access to the usual recycling receptacles, they can encourage consumers to place Kindman packaging in standard, curbside recycling bins.

“We excited about being part of a recycling system here in Colorado with Waste Management, that takes our recycled boxes and bottles and converts them into energy,” he continues.

“Additionally, we have a sense of pride here at Kindman, knowing that our extra efforts play a part in Waste Management’s ongoing initiative to convert our local landfills into wildlife habitats… something that’s very important here in Colorado.”

Recycling is an important part of keeping overall business costs down, but Fox says it’s also part of being an answerable partner in the Colorado communities where Kindman works and its employees live. The company also uses paperless documentation, and its daily tech operations include efforts to further shrink the consumption of paper, plastic and ink used in the state’s legal cannabis industry.

“We have taken on a role as recycling consultants, to make sure our industry goes green and stays green,” he says, “by encouraging our Kindman retailers to follow in our footsteps, and to help their own stores shrink their carbon footprints.”

ABOUT KINDMAN

Established in 2009, Kindman provides customers with an unmatched cannabis product – grown in Colorado state-regulated facilities at indoor locations, using a customized process that combines food-grade nutrients and a unique soil mix that brings out the plant’s best features. Close attention is paid to product cleanliness, quality, curing and processing.

Since the January 1, 2014 start of legalized sales of recreational cannabis to adults in Colorado, Kindman has provided high-quality marijuana flowers to tens of thousands of customers from over 100 countries.

For more information, visit: http://www.mykindman.com/

Tags: Marijuana, cannabis, dispensary, cannabis business, Colorado, packaging, recycling, carbon footprint, environment, Ryan Fox, Kindman







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Recycling Super Soil When Growing Cannabis & more Gardening Q&A

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