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Posts Tagged ‘carbon footprint’

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.

It's Big Business Saving the World

Monday, October 26th, 2009

 

 

Abt believes environmental responsibility isn’t just the job of individuals. Abt makes a conscious effort, each day, to make the world a greener place than it was the day before. ABC7 visited Abt on Friday to see how a large corporation can impact the environment in a positive way.  ”We’ve put in place a solar panel array on our roofs [and] wind turbines. And we’ve just started selling solar and wind power as well,” said Mark Cook, Abt general manager. Watch the entire ABC7 video.

Along with the energy we are creating and selling, we also have an enormous recycling center for appliances and electronics. We are proud to recycle almost everything that comes from customer homes after delivery and service appointments. The recycling center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday 2pm-7pm. Due to our diligent recycling habits, we have decreased our garbage haul-away cost by $50,000 each year.

In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, we try to reduce the negative impact of Styrofoam, a material that takes 20,000 years to biodegrade. “We came up with a machine that actually densifies it 90% smaller, so now it becomes a raw material that can be sold on the marketplace. People make picture frames or plastic woods and it’s not going into the landfills. It’s being used in a new product,” said Taylor.

Even though we are a large business, we keep our carbon footprint small. “We’re going to take care of the trash; we’re going to give you a more energy-efficient piece. We’re going to take care of making you a more environmentally-friendly consumer,” said Cook.

 

-Kelly B.