AVR Recycling, an eWaste management company located in San Diego, provides electronic recycling, data destruction and asset recovery services to their clients.
“We take care of properly recycling all of your obsolete electronics,” says Ed Pletner, CEO of AVR. “We make sure nothing ends up in the landfill that can be recycled and guarantee that all items are recycled domestically.”
eWaste is comprised of two types of waste: what most consider traditional (or toxic) waste, as well as the disposal of recyclable materials. As explained on the AVR website, “[eWaste] is whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.”
Resources used in creating electronics, such as copper, metals, and plastics, can be recycled and would therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. According to the site, “Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 9,657 US homes in a year.”
Additionally, eWaste can include elements of toxic waste, particularly lead and mercury. According to Earth911.com, “In 2005 alone, almost 2 million tons of e-waste were landfilled. While toxic materials comprise only a small amount of this volume, it doesn’t take much lead or mercury to contaminate an area’s soil or water supply.”
Currently, the company reuses and resells much of the material they receive. What cannot be reused or resold is recycled. To add to these sustainable practices, AVR hopes to develop a set of metrics to assist the company in attaining the maximum level of sustainability.
“This is not only critical for the environment but critical to our success as an eWaste Management company,” Pletner added.
AVR Recycling chose to become a member of the U.S. Green Chamber for the same reason as many other businesses–to work with like-minded organizations.
“I find that everyone in the business community wants to do the right thing when it comes to the environment, but not everyone is willing to make the effort,” Pletner said. “If an organization is a member of the Green Chamber, it lets us know that they are most likely someone who is willing to make the effort and do the right thing when it comes to recycling.”
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