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A dirty six-letter word!

by Employee ‎02-01-2012 02:34 PM - edited ‎02-01-2012 02:36 PM

ewaste_133x171.jpgE-Waste! It's a dirty word, all right. Recycling of cans and plastic bottles is mandatory in many cities and towns across the country. Quite frankly, curbside pick-up makes it very convenient in towns like mine and many others.


That's not the case with electronic waste. 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.


Last year, Verizon hosted 10 recycling rallies in places like Ashburn, VA; Basking Ridge, NJ; and Richardson, TX. These events collected more than 425,000 pounds of e-waste, that's roughly equivalent to the weight of 12 charter buses.


Upcoming recycling events and resources:


The next Verizon Recycling Rallies will be held in Chandler, AZ, and Wilmington, NC. We'll provide dates for each of the 13 events as they near, so check back from time to time.


In the meantime, if you just can't wait to get rid of that old fax machine, PC or other electronic device, the EPA offers some suggestions on where to go.


Recycling is a big part of how we do business:


Since 2008, Verizon has collected 4.3 million no-longer-used wireless phones through the HopeLine phone recycling and reuse program, keeping the devices out of landfills and turning them into support for domestic violence survivors.


And late last year, Verizon Wireless launched its Trade-In Program, which allows customers from any wireless carrier to get value from no-longer-used wireless devices and help the environment at the same time. Customers who participate in the program can submit their devices for appraisal online at In exchange, customers receive a Verizon Wireless gift card by mail.



on ‎02-04-2012 01:17 PM



I did suggest this for the older Verizon hardware.


There are processes to separate all those materials. Metals go one way, plastics go another, hazardous materials get trapped and recovered in the process, and not in the environment. I viewed a very interesting program on Nat. Geo. I believe, it has been a while. Not really sure where it was, but it was a very interesting plant, and green process. Not one just to salvage the value and dump the rest.


In Montgomery County Maryland we have a waste transfer station that has a recycling location for electronics. It would be very interesting to investigate what they actually do with the materials. I took a few TVs there. Perhaps I could look into it, and get some news if they resist. It would be something to do in my spare time. Like I have much.Smiley Frustrated


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