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Posts Tagged ‘Bob Taylor’

Abt Harnesses the Power of Wind

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

If you’re from the area, next time you are driving down Milwaukee Ave, take a look at our new wind turbine, developed by Windspire, right outside our building.  Constructed and erected on October 28th, the new 30 foot, vertical  turbine is designed to create clean, renewable energy for our facility.

Windspire has been working with companies, schools and even government locations to provide their specially designed wind turbines as an option for cleaner energy.

“We wanted something that would not only work, but would work in Chicago weather” said Bob Taylor, Abt’s Director of Operations.  Chicago’s known as the Windy City, and its average wind speed of about 12 mph is perfect for the operation of the turbine.

This is just another part of Abt’s long line of environmentally friendly movements that have been established inside and outside the store.  You can find more about Abt’s environmental efforts on our Going Green page.



For more images of the Windspire installation check out our Facebook page.  We are a proud retailer of this product because of its benefit to the environment, so to see if a Windspire wind turbine is right for you, call us at 888-228-5800.

-Nick E.

Do You Have E-Waste?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Do you know what e-waste is or how to dispose of it? Well, like a lot of people, I thought that it was email, spam, and the like. I thought that it was easy to get rid of by hitting delete. I was wrong. E-waste is quite tangible and is causing huge disposal problems in many places all over the world. South Africa, China, and India are probably suffering the worst.

E-waste or electronic waste can be anything from old computer monitors, old cell phones, or basically any other unwanted electronic. China produces the world’s second largest amount of e-waste, the US produces the most. Unlike the US, China has a much less structured recycling method. So-called backstreet recyclers take the e-waste and melt it down for its valuable properties like gold and minerals. The downside, the methods the recyclers use to melt down the e-waste is highly toxic to the environment.

The UN Environment Programme met in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday and discussed e-waste, among other environmental topics. At the meeting it was reported by 2020 China and South Africa’s waste from old computers alone could quadruple, in China the waste from old cell phones could increase seven-fold, and the cell phone waste from cell phones in India could be an astonishing 18 times higher.

Technology will keep moving ahead at a lightning speed. There will always be a newer and cooler gadget that will replace the last coolest and greatest gadget. As consumers, we need to be conscious how we dispose of the old technology and utilize responsible recycling methods.

Abt recognizes the necessity for responsible recycling. We have a recycling center on-site, and do our best to reduce our carbon footprint. “When we leave customer homes, they are greener than before we got there. We bring energy efficient appliances and electronics and recycle everything that we remove from the home,” said Bob Taylor, director of operations.

How do you reduce your carbon footprint? Send me your best recycling tips and I can post them before Earth Day!

-Kelly B.