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Being Green: What Can You Do?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Earlier this week, we talked about some of the technologies and practices that Abt has implemented in our business which help us be green on a day-to-day basis. And while it might not be feasible for individual homeowners to cover their roof in solar panels, there are still plenty of tactics that each of us can practice to help 2ease our impact on the environment. We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s of being environmentally-friendly: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These are some of the simplest ways we can work to better the environment, so here are some ways each of us can fit the 3 R’s into our daily lives.

Recycle

Most of us live in cities with municipal recycling programs. We take our cans, plastic bottles and paper products and drop them in a bin at the end of our driveway every week, and they’re hauled away and recycled, which keeps about 89 million tons of waste out of landfills. But it’s not always as easy to recycle other, larger items—your TV, cell phones, old light bulbs—which can be toxic to the earth.

In 2010, around 2.4 million tons of electronic waste was disposed of, with only 27% of it being properly recycled. Products that end up in landfills will eventually release hazardous substances like mercury, lead, and PCBs into the ground, which can contaminate our crops and water sources. In an era when we’re all constantly upgrading our gadgets, it’s increasingly important that our old devices get recycled properly. Thankfully, there are centers across the country that make it easy to drop off your old e-waste for safe recycling. Can’t make it out to Abt to recycle your old appliances, electronics, or other devices? Visit RecycleNation to search for your nearest recycling facility. Their recycling finder is also a great way to discover all of the other items you can recycle, including things you may never have thought of.

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Earth Day 2013 at Abt

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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It’s that time of year when Abt plays host to a variety of environmentally friendly activities in honor of Earth Day!  On Earth Day, Monday April 22, Abt will help make Chicagoland a littler “greener” by helping you as well as local businesses properly dispose their unneeded electronics and appliances.

The following locations will have recycling collection sites for anyone who wants to drop off any e-waste materials.  They will even receive a free tote bag or t-shirt made from recycled materials.  Below are the locations and times.

1.     Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 N Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL) – 5am –11am

2.     WGN TV Studio (2501 West Bradley Place, Chicago, IL) – 6:30am –1:30pm

3.     Chicago Loop  (Michigan Ave. and  Lake St., Downtown Chicago) – 6:30am –1:30pm

4.     Abt Electronics Recycling Center (1200 N. Milwaukee, Glenview, IL) – 9am – 12pm

E-waste drop-off locations include: CPU equipment, monitors, televisions, cell phones, telephone equipment, gaming systems, printers, copiers, scanners, cameras, stereos, CD/DVD players, projectors, calculators, wire, circuit boards and cables, Vacuum cleaners, blenders, toasters, ovens and dishwashers, Batteries, HVAC and refrigeration equipment that uses freon, thermometers and thermostats that contain mercury.

Additional items accepted during drive include: Cardboard and paper, plastic (bags, saran wrap) and white Styrofoam (no peanuts)

Additionally, Abt will kick-off their Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 21 from 12pm-3pm with family fun activities including crafts and workshops from local organizations. We will even will be giving away EcoSmart T-Shirts made with up to 50% recycled polyester from plastic bottles and Eco-Friendly Reusable Non-Woven Shopping totes while supplies last.  For more information, check out www.abt.com/help/chicagoland-customers.  Hope to see you there!!

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The Institute of Packaging Professionals visits Abt

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Tuesday evening, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Chicago Chapter, toured Abt. The IoPP is a group, “dedicated to creating networking and educational opportunities that help packaging professionals succeed” (IoPP, 2010).

I spoke with Craig Jarvis, Senior Packaging Engineer at Pactiv, about what this group hopes to learn at Abt. He wanted to see “what we offer the industry along with getting a good feel for our inner workings.” Jarvis told me, “I’ve always wanted to stop in the store; it’s very unique.”

The IoPP began their tour in the Sony store with a talk from Jon Abt. He spoke about Abt’s history and about the business today. When Jon concluded the group went through our 300,000 square foot warehouse to the co-generator room, our on-site recycling center, and concluded their visit at Jolane’s Café.

Abt is proud to host businesses, educational, and leisure groups for tours. For more information on an Abt tour, contact Cari Boyk in customer service for more details.

Kelly B.

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