As an independent recycler, few things are more rewarding than enabling a strong business community to come together for the sake of the environment. For the third year in a row, Green Girl Recycling helped W.W. Reynolds kick off their Electronics Recycling Roundup to their tenant buildings. Made possible by the ‘green-hearted’ property manager, Chris Riley, this year’s FREE event rounded up a record breaking amount of e-waste that was channeled away from the landfill and sent back into good use. (Thank you again, Chris!)
Here’s how it worked. On June 8th, we parked a GGR truck in a central location at the W.W. Reynolds tenant buildings both at the Pearl East Circle Campus and at the Tierra Buildings on Walnut…and waited. Soon, people began pouring in with shoulders, carts and the backs of vehicles piled high with discarded desktops, broken down phones and dilapidated laptops. If it could be unplugged, we took it. At the end of the day, after filling TWO 24’ box trucks from floor to ceiling with broken gadgets, W.W. Reynolds rounded up a record breaking 12,227 lbs of electronics to be recycled this year. Yes – that’s over 6 tons of equipment recycled!
Every year, an estimated 50 million tons of electronic waste goes into the landfill. So much of the components that make up these parts can be recycled and given a second life! Some of that waste contains harsh contaminants, such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants. To keep these (and other) pollutants from leaching into the ground or wafting into our lungs through incineration, great care must be taken in disposal by a trusted source.
We used ERI in Denver to process all the electronics we handled and were in awe at how professional they are. I could not be happier to be partnering with a completely certified, national company for all of our e-cycling needs. Most amazing of all, they are committed to getting 100% of the materials recycled…so things like circuit boards and cell phones don’t end up in my future great great grandchildren’s gardens!
There is no doubt in my mind that Chris Riley is a true Boulder hero for the work he has done to coordinate this free annual event for the tenants of W.W. Reynolds. This type of perk is rare anywhere—even in Boulder—and the effort to “work green” is not unnoticed. Just think of what could happen if more companies sponsored Electronic Roundup events!