Arpin Group 2010 E-Waste CollectionApril 05, 2010
In addition, to help prevent identity theft, Affordable Shredding will bring a mobile shredder to the Environmental Education Center. Cost for shredding is $.35 cents per pound, $.10 cents of which goes directly to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. “Most people have electronic waste and old documents stored in their basements and do not really know what to do with the items,” said Brent Mancuso, general manager of Office Recycling Solutions, whose company is co-sponsoring the event. “Our e-waste collection day and shredding services offer a convenient means for people to dispose of them properly while donating money to a worthy cause.”
Most electronic products used in the workplace and homes contain hazardous substances such as lead and mercury. When these products reach the end of their useful lives or become obsolete, some are considered hazardous waste. Hazardous waste should not be discarded in the regular trash, but rather, recycled by an e-waste collection facility.
Items eligible for recycling at $.20 per pound are CPU’s/computers, servers, keyboards, spare computer parts, monitors, laptops, network equipment, mice, laser printers, routers, radios, scanners, fax machines, uninterruptible power supplies, cables, wires, cell phones, and telephones. Some items will require an additional disposal fee of $15.00 i.e., window unit air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc. Alkaline batteries or “white goods” such as home appliances will not be accepted.
Arpin is working with Cartridge World RI, Office Recycling Solutions, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island to sponsor this event and ensure that the recycled items will be disposed of properly.
Since the beginning of 2008, Arpin Group, Inc., has sponsored several clean energy and carbon-reduction projects. The company has implemented a “Green Loan” program for Arpin employees, making it possible for them to receive low-interest loans for energy-saving home improvements and hybrid automobile purchases. Additionally, Arpin has partnered with TerraPass, a consumer retailer and marketer of greenhouse gas reduction offsets. Since 2008, Arpin has purchased enough offsets to eliminate the carbon imprint of all of its offices worldwide including through employee travel and commuting.