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Got E-Waste? Throw it on this Million Pound Pile

by Employee ‎10-11-2012 03:59 PM - edited ‎10-15-2012 10:36 AM

ewaste.jpgThe following was written by Verizon Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Service Operations James Gowen. It is also featured on the Verizon Responsibility Blog. Graphic used courtesy Lifecycle Solutions.


Are you thinking about a phone upgrade?  Or perhaps replacing that old tube TV with something new this football season?


With the rate of innovation, it seems there is always a technology upgrade available.  And that means new electronics are constantly replacing dated models in homes across America. But what happens to these old devices?  This sustainability video from Verizon shows the growing problem of e-waste and what we are doing across the United States to help curb the problem.


A recent infographic from Holy Kaw! illustrates the breakdown of e-waste in America, which includes more than one million tons of disposed TVs disposed in one year. That is a lot of TVs to move around each year!


At today’s Verizon Recycling Rally in West Chester PA, we just collected more than 100 dated TVs from a local school, all of which will now stay out of landfills by being recycled.


A Dirty Six-Letter Word!

by Employee ‎02-01-2012 10:48 PM - edited ‎02-01-2012 10:53 PM

Verizon Recycling Rallies infographic.jpgE-Waste is a dirty word!


Consumers and businesses discarded some 2.25 million tons of e-waste in 2007, according to EPA, with the majority of it disposed of primarily in landfills where the precious metals cannot be recovered and hazardous substances can leach into the ground and contaminate soil and water.


To help make it a little easier for employees and people who live in many of the communities we serve, Verizon kicked-off a series of 13 recycling rallies in Temple Terrace, FL, last week. "We collected 19 pallets of e-waste," reported John Dorn, a project manager who cris-crossed the country to organize recycling rallies for Verizon.


Verizon's Chief Sustainability Officer James Gowen blogged about it here. Visit to read his full post.


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