by: Terri Rue-Woods, Information Assurance/Executive Strategy Officer, e-End
For all those that are still feeling the Buzz to do something good for the planet, we suggest you come out to Common Market this Tuesday, April 23rd. In Celebration of Earth Day and Earth Month, Common Market will be hosting an e-Recycling electronics drop-off event. This will be a good time for you to gather all those old, dusty electronics that have been hiding in your basement and/or attic and let them go.
For those that don’t know, e-waste or electronic waste consists of the computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets, and even appliances like refrigerators that have been thrown away. For years, the amount of e-waste developed from consumers and companies that improperly discard their electronics has been steadily increasing. In reports published by the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), it stated that in 2014, approximately 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide. Within that number, the US was responsible for generating 11.7 million tons. Sadly, the United States averages at a 24-29% recycling rate of all that waste. Simply put, the US ONLY processes roughly 1 item out of every 3 to 4 pieces of waste.
Understand, this is not from a lack of regulations and policies for the control of electronic waste, but more so from individuals and businesses not trying to work in the system and recycle.
Save the Planet
Proper Recycling of electronic devices is extremely crucial to the health and well-being of not only communities but the planet and environment as well. Even though the EPA reports that e-waste represents a small 2% of the solid waste we produce, that amount accounts for roughly 70% of the hazardous waste deposited into landfills. All this waste contains an excessive amount of lead and other dangerous elements. If released into the environment, the heavy metals and toxic chemicals could cause severe damage to human blood, as well as poison other environmental ecosystems.
Time to Help
Joining us at this event and help start making a positive difference with the processing of electronic waste. Gather your old electronics. Encourage your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to collect theirs as well. The event will be from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the The Common Market- Evergreen Square Shopping Center, Frederick MD (off Buckeystown Pike).
For a listing of accepted items for recycling and destruction, click HERE. And for additional information on the items we accept, please contact e-End at (240) 529-1010.
Also, if you or your business is interested in hosting an electronics collection event, please feel free to contact us for scheduling and services. To learn more about e-End’s available services, visit us @ www.eendusa.com
Also on The Common Market’s website.
As an added bonus, Common Market is looking to expand their organic and natural food grocery presence in Frederick, MD. Recently, the community-owned co-op acquired a shop location where the previous Safeway Food and Drug Store resided. With this larger site, Common Market plans to establish their headquarters, creating more jobs for the area.
In addition to the availability of Common Market’s fresh food selections, this new location will offer the company a chance to provide improved technology and advancements for energy conservation and improved recycling opportunities.
According to Troy Sexton, the Category & Advertising Manager, “By having a second store, we will be offering a new location for people on the other side of town to more easily join us in our commitment to keeping Frederick County clean. And, since we’re going to have more space, we’re going to look at expanding these programs as well.”
With this bigger, better, secondary location, there will be more available space for earth-conscious events such as their annual Electronic Recycling event. For more information, check out the article in the Business Frederick Blog.
*The title is a quote by Wendell Berry.