Throughout 2019 our team has recycled over 5,300,000 lbs. of electronics using the highest industry standards. Electronic waste has a damaging impact on our environment and that’s why we take responsibility to properly dispose of each piece of electronic equipment going through our facility.
Contact our team and help us recycle today for a better tomorrow.
Over the past month you all have done an awesome job reaching out to your legislators to support our bills. We have great news that SB 649 passed the Senate floor hearings on April 23rd with a 21-10 vote! It was a super close call as we needed a 2/3 majority, but we made it out. However, our work is still not done and we need your help!
HB 286 has even more opposition now that our Senate bill passed! The Texas Action group who is spreading a message that the State of Texas does not need to be involved in end-market development nor the education about recycling to Texans is doubling down on their efforts to stop our progress in the upcoming House floor hearings scheduled for May 6th.
Their assumptions are wrong and we need you to tell the 18 House Representatives listed below that this bill is important to you and our industry!
Please contact these State Representatives as a proud Texan, or on behalf of your Texas recycling company, and let them know why they should support HB 286! Our message points are listed below for you to use.
Here is who to reach out to:
Best Buy’s recent announcement that it will start charging $25 to recycle each TV and computer monitor indicates that the already stressed U.S. electronics collection infrastructure has gotten worse.
We can hardly blame Best Buy or any other collector that stepped up to make recycling easier for consumers. Back in 2004, when not a single retailer was collecting electronics equipment, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) teamed with Staples and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to start the first computer take-back program in the country. Five years later, motivated by state extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, Best Buy took Staples’ computer-only program a big step further to collect both computers and TVs, becoming one of the most convenient locations for consumers to return their used electronic equipment nationwide.
But times have changed. Costs increased, electronics recycling programs became more robust, and vast quantities of higher cost e-scrap are now being collected – changes that have revealed a lack of commitment from most electronics manufacturers to assume responsibility for collecting and recycling used electronics.
With its recent announcement, Best Buy stated that it “should not be the sole e-cycling provider in any given area, nor should we assume the entire cost.” To be sure, some manufacturers did voluntarily step up to fill the infrastructure void over the past decade. In 2004, Dell, in partnership with Goodwill, and HP announced free nationwide electronics take-back programs. Samsung and LG followed suit in 2008. Unfortunately, these programs were limited, leaving Best Buy’s program to cover the brunt of the cost.
Isn’t it ironic? For the past 15 years, collectively, we successfully educated our citizens about the dangers of mismanaging electronics – about youth using acids to burn off toxic metals in countries without adequate environmental and health protection; about the millions of tons of resources that are buried or burned when not recycled, and which must be mined again, creating double the environmental impact; about the lost recycling jobs that are desperately needed by working families; and about the hundreds of millions of dollars that taxpayers and governments must pay to manage the waste from a multi-billion dollar industry.
We all thought we were on the right track, with EPR laws passed in half the U.S. states, some passed with manufacturer support. Resources were conserved, jobs created, and money saved. The public truly caught on – and genuinely appreciated our programs.
But those darn markets had to spoil everything. Well-meaning citizens who today know to “do the right thing” are now effectively being told by manufacturers that they don’t really want them to recycle so much after all. The message the manufacturers convey is that recycling is good, but it should slow down. Or someone else needs to pay for it.
Recyclers, local governments, and a few retailers are doing their part to collect and divert massive quantities of valuable commodities from disposal. But many manufacturers are no longer willing to cover the costs associated with the proper management of their products at end of life. Recyclers must choose between losing money indefinitely, significantly cutting costs, or going out of business. Local governments, whose residents rely on them for trash and recycling services, are now faced with increased electronics recycling costs – costs they didn’t budget for. Before, government officials directed residents to Best Buy as a convenient alternative to recycle electronics. What will they tell their residents now?
Best Buy stands out for its importance in the electronics collection infrastructure in the US. They collect more than any other manufacturer-sponsored program, providing a convenience to consumers unsurpassed by other locations. Even in states with EPR laws, which were intended to hold all brand owners responsible for recycling the electronics they produce, Best Buy has borne more than its fair share of recycling costs, consistently collecting far more material than was required. For example, in 2014, Best Buy recycled more than three times the amount of e-scrap it was obligated to collect in Illinois; more than 4 times its obligation in Wisconsin; and in Minnesota, company officials report that they collect one-quarter to one-third of all electronics recycled in the state – well beyond its market share.
One thing is clear – it’s time to revisit the nation’s 25 state e-scrap laws to ensure that all manufacturers are equally responsible for electronics recycling. PSI and our state and local government members understand the complexities and variations in programs nationally, and are working to find fair solutions for all. Since the first electronics recycling law passed in 2004, the dialogue has drifted away from manufacturers taking full responsibility and internalizing the costs of end-of-life materials management. Instead, arguments revolve around how high targets should be, how much manufacturers should pay, and what products they should cover. Past voluntary and legislatively supported commitments made by manufacturers have eroded. They resist attempts to incorporate recycling costs into product price, and instead want to pass these costs on to someone else.
Best Buy’s original program is what we need more of in the US – national, no cost, hassle-free product take-back. Their industry colleagues need to match that commitment; Best Buy can no longer be expected to go it alone.
To PSI, Best Buy’s move represents a call to action. Let’s work to improve these programs so they support responsible actors like Best Buy, raise expectations of other manufacturers, and meet increasing demand for consumer electronics recycling.
Researchers recently asked over 200 electronics scrap reclaimers how they feel about the state of the electronics recovery business. The response: These are dark days. Welcome to E-Scrap 2015
“We heard from about 75 percent of our respondents that they feel the industry is either staying the same or declining. That’s a pretty significant change over the last few years,” said Anne Peters, president of Gracestone, Inc. “Our respondents reported that the industry is under pressure due to commodity prices and the uncertainties in the global market.”
Peters and Libby Chaplin, CEO of Arcadian Solutions, presented on the results of a survey at E-Scrap 2015 in Orlando, Fla. last week. The survey focused on what effects certifications and standards are having on the industry as well as the business climate as a whole. It was the third time they had conducted the survey.
Only 24 percent of respondents in 2015 said they saw the number of companies in the industry growing, while 41 percent said the number was declining and the rest said it has remained about the same, according to their presentation.
An even smaller percentage (12 percent) said they saw industry-wide profitability increasing, while 55 percent said it was decreasing and the rest said it has remained about the same.
Peters told session attendees they heard continuing concerns about the persistent flow of CRTs, which respondents ranked among the most pressing issues.
“Clearly we’re not done with the CRTs and that pig in the python isn’t through the python yet,” she said.
The researchers have seen a shift toward the refurbishment and resale market, because that side of the house isn’t as affected by low commodity prices, Peters said. They also see more competition for higher-metal-content scrap from higher-end businesses, including telecommunications companies.
They expect some of the companies entering the market during the good times will close during this downturn, she said. And manufacturers may feel added pressure to pay higher fees under state extended producer responsibility programs.
Researchers also heard companies find it harder to justify maintaining the expense of certifications as profits decrease, Peters said.
At the same time, the survey showed the industry sees value in certification programs. For example, 84 percent of respondents said certifications add some level of value to their businesses, and 93 percent said they add some level of value to the industry as a whole, according to their presentation.
Article and Photos provided By: CBC News
The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a UN study said on Sunday.
Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “electronic recycling” — defined as any device with an electric cord or battery — were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling, the United Nations University (UNU) said.
“Worldwide, electronic recycling constitutes a valuable “urban mine,” a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials,” said David Malone, the UN under secretary general and rector of UNU.
The report estimated that the discarded materials, including gold, silver, iron and copper, was worth some $52 billion.
The United States led electronic recycling dumping with 7.1 million tonnes in 2014, ahead of China with six million and followed by Japan, Germany and India, it said. Canada ranks lower on the list, in 15th place, with a dump of 725,000 tonnes.
The United States, where individual states run electronic recycling laws, reported collection of one million tonnes for 2012 while China said it collected 1.3 million tonnes of equipment such as TVs, refrigerators and laptops in 2013.
Norway led per capita waste generation, with 28.3 kg dumped per inhabitant, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Britain. On that ranking, the United States was ninth and China was not among a list of the top 40. Canada dumped 20.4 kg per capita.
Appliances add electronic recycling bulk
About 60 per cent of the waste was made up of items that included large and small appliances, vacuum cleaners, solar panels, video cameras and electric shavers.
Only seven per cent of the waste was made up of personal computers, printers, cellphones and similar equipment.
Researchers said in many cases it made economic sense to recover metals that included 16.5 million tonnes of iron, 1.9 million tonnes of copper as well as 300 tonnes of gold.
The gold alone was valued at $11.2 billion, with the precious metal used in devices because it is a good, non-corrosive conductor of electricity.
“At the same time, the hazardous content of electronic recycling constitute a ‘toxic mine’ that must be managed with extreme care,” said Malone, referring to components such as lead and mercury which are found on some discarded devices.
Global volumes of electronic recycling were likely to rise by more than 20 per cent to 50 million tonnes in 2018, driven by rising sales and shorter lifetimes of electronic equipment, the report said.
Ruediger Kuehr, one of the authors of the report, said many people were aware of the global problem of waste but often left aging toys or cellphones in drawers or cellars at home. “People don’t see it as an issue in their own households,” he said.
A new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® shows electronics recycling receives continued support among consumers. According to the Recycling and Reuse Study, 2014 Edition, more than four-fifths of U.S. adults (82 percent) say recycling their old electronics is important or very important to them, and one-third of consumers surveyed (30 percent) recycled electronics products in the last year, a four percent increase from 2012.
“We’re pleased to see continued consumer support for electronics recycling, especially as the power of innovation brings new and better products to market faster than ever,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Our industry has more than doubled the amount of consumer electronics recycling over the past three years. And this study makes it clear that our ongoing consumer engagement and recycling education programs are more important than ever.”
The study also highlights the influence of family members and friends on consumers’ decisions about the electronics recycling process. According to the survey, of the 53 percent of electronics owners who donated a device during the past year, friends and family were the most common recipients (66 percent). Also, nearly half of consumers (42 percent) first learned how to recycle their old devices by word of mouth from friends, family or co-workers.
The comprehensive consumer recycling survey, conducted every two years, is part of CEA’s efforts to help guide the industry’s recycling initiatives and support sensible electronics recycling policy. Among the other survey results:
Three in five (59 percent) U.S. adults know where they can recycle electronics, a slight decline from 2012 (63 percent) but on par with 2010 results (58 percent);
Almost all consumers surveyed (98 percent) say they would travel some distance to recycle their unwanted electronics, and more than one-third (36 percent) would travel more than 10 miles to do so;
While a solid 82 percent of consumers say recycling their old electronics is important or very important to them, that total is four percent lower than in 2012 (86 percent);
The percentage of consumer recycling is up, but so is the percentage of those who discard – 18 percent of consumers say they discarded electronics devices in the trash during the last year, a six point increase from 2012.
“Whether it’s through our electronics recycler locator, public service announcements, educational partnerships or the thousands of electronics collection locations our industry sponsors, CEA is committed to empowering consumers to recycle their used electronics,” said Walter Alcorn, CEA vice president, environmental affairs and industry sustainability. “Our industry has now picked up the recycling tab for billions of pounds of old devices – a truly unprecedented effort led by manufacturers of televisions, computers and similar consumer electronics devices.”
Through GreenerGadgets.org, CEA helps consumers learn how to live green, buy green and recycle responsibly, while helping lower their energy consumption, shrink their carbon footprint and reduce waste. Visit the website to find the closest responsible electronics recycler to your home and learn more about CEA’s recycling curriculum, developed in partnership with Young Minds Inspired.
The Recycling and Reuse Study, 2014 Edition was designed and formulated by CEA Market Research, the most comprehensive source of sales data, forecasts, consumer research and historical trends for the consumer electronics industry. Please cite any information to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The complete report is available at no cost to CEA member companies at members.CE.org. Non-members may purchase the report in the CEA Store.
About CEAThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.
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United Electronic Recycling is partnering with Minnie’s Food Pantry during the month of April in another Facebook campaign to bring awareness to the needs of the hungry in Plano, TX and the surrounding cities. For each new “Like” United Electronic Recycling LLC receives during April, we will donate $1 to Minnie’s Food Pantry.
Zoya Davani with Minnie’s Food Pantry posted to their Facebook page, “As you may know, today is Minnie’s Food Pantry 6 Yr Anniversary!!!!!! Help us celebrate with just the click of a button!!!!! United Electronic Recycling, LLC has generously agreed to donate $1 for every new like they receive through Minnie Food Pantry page!!!! Please check them out, share some love, and help us feed those in need!!!!! With every like we can provide 3 meals to children and families in need!!!!!!! Be the difference you wish to see!”
United Electronic Recycling will again have a booth at the Learn 2 Live Green event this year to discuss E-Waste Recycling, Data Security and Information Technology Asset Management. Please drop by and visit with us, we hope to see you there!
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Shops at Legacy
Address: 7205 Bishop Rd, Plano, TX 75024
NOTE: Disposal Fees: $5.00 for CRT Monitors, $10.00 for TVs, $20.00 for console or Front/Rear Projection TVs.
“As one of North Texas’s premiere events, L2LG brings the best of everyday green living practices to residents throughout Collin County and North Dallas. L2LG is a free, fun, family event encouraging people to adopt a greener lifestyle. Drop in and find out what this year’s theme “Green Your Well-Being” means for you, your family, your home and your community! An engaging variety of speakers, demonstrations, hands-on activities and entertainment are lined up focused around food, water, land, energy & air, play and waste diversion. You don’t want to miss this event!”
United Electronic Recycling, LLC is donating $1 per new fan on our Facebook page to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County through 1/31/14!
United Electronic Recycling, LLC (UER) has recently gone through an internal reorganization. Joey Foster is now the President and Chief Operating Officer while Jason Keller is now Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer. Steve Foster and John Hayes (both Managing Partners) have stepped out of the day-to-day operations and are now filling the roles of Management and Sales Consultants respectively. Jerry Walker continues to fill the role of Account Manager and Office Manager for UER. This reorganization of executive personnel constitutes an emphasis on the operations and management of the company with the continued commitment to excellence within the industry. UER is committed to providing a quality service with the highest ethical standards to our clients and the community.