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  • With the exponential growth in technology, electronic waste (or e-waste), such as computers, monitors, cell phones and other products, is becoming an exceedingly dangerous problem for our environment. The increasing amount of e-waste being dumped into landfills all over the world releases hazardous chemicals and harmful toxins into soil and streams.
    Compounding the problem is the fact that many e-waste recyclers do not track the sometime circuitous route their collections take. For example, many e-waste items end up in landfills in underdeveloped countries that have little to no regulation when it comes to recycling.
    In fact, many times e-waste ultimately ends up in landfills.
    E-waste has become such a global concern that many countries have banned it from landfills. For example, the European Union in 2002 implemented the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, which holds manufacturers responsible for e-waste disposal at end-of-life.
    E-waste policies in Europe are beginning to catch on here in the United States. A number of states have passed e-waste laws and the trend continues to gather steam in other states.
  • - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    - 80 to 85 percent of electronic products were thrown into landfills or incinerators, which can release certain toxins into the air.
    - Some of these toxins include lead, mercury, arsenic, beryllium cadmium, chromium and some types of flame-retardant chemicals, all of which are poisonous at varying exposure levels.
    - Massachusetts, New York and Washington state are among nine states and cities that have begun drafting take-back legislation, which require electronics producers to take back and responsibly manage their old and obsolete electronics. California leads all states with the effectiveness of its take-back legislation.
  • Protect public health and the environment: Avoid throwing e-waste into landfills, which will contain the exposure of toxins in the atmosphere.
    Conserve natural resources: E-waste recycling re-introduces precious materials and resources back into the manufacturing stream to help conserve our limited resources. Also, there are many products that can be made from e-waste, such as jewelry, automotive catalytic converters, garden furniture, license-plate frames and much more.
    Create jobs: As demand for electronics recycling increases, new businesses will form and existing companies will grow.
  • There are very few economical and environmentally responsible solutions for getting rid of old computers, copiers and other electronic waste. Possitivity’s E-Waste Program is available to companies and consumers of any size at no cost.
    Our customers can drop off their e-waste at our facility, but we will also pick it up for free for businesses who need to dispose of five units or more.
    In addition, our service is provided by talented people with disabilities who enjoy the satisfaction and self-worth that comes with gainful employment.
    At no cost or hassle, you can help promote environmental responsibility and our mission of providing good jobs for good people.
  • We also accept a wide range of other electronic items for free disposal, but in some cases because of hazardous material handling, we must charge a nominal disposal fee. For example, older computer monitors with cathode ray tubes contain a dangerous amount of lead (six to seven pounds per monitor) that requires special handling procedures.
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    • 1. E-Waste The Problem in America
    • 2. The E-Waste Problem in America • Expanding technologies creates hazardous e-waste. • Harmful e-waste chemicals pollute lakes and streams near landfills. • E-waste is not biodegradable. • The United States lacks adequate e-waste regulation.
    • 3. • E-Waste is responsible for 70% of the toxic waste in landfills. • Every day, Americans discard 130,000 personal computers. • Americans dispose of 130 million cell phones annually. • Over 500 million personal computers will become obsolete in 2009. E-Waste Facts and Figures
    • 4. Where does much of the U.S. e-waste go? • Courtesy Basel Action Network
    • 5. Illegally to other countries • Courtesy Basel Action Network
    • 6. Possitivity has zero landfill tolerance • Courtesy Basel Action Network
    • 7. Why Recycle E-Waste? • Protects public health and the environment • Conserves natural resources • Creates Jobs
    • 8. Makes the world a better place • Courtesy Basel Action Network
    • 9. Why Possitivity Green? • No-cost solution to an expensive problem • Manages corporate and consumer e-waste • Helps people with disabilities
    • 10. Possitivity’s E-Waste Facility
    • 11. Our Facility Continued
    • 12. E-Waste Items We Accept • Computers • LCD Monitors • Printers • Copiers • Cell Phones • Fax Machines • PDAs
    • 13. Guaranteed Zero Landfill
    • 14. Contact Us To discuss your e-waste needs, call: 614.846.4877 or log on to: www.possitivitygreen.com