Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) and Sims Recycling Solutions Promote Responsible Electronics Recycling This Earth Day
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 16 April 2014
Release date- 16042014 - The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) and Sims Recycling Solutions, the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling are promoting the environmentally responsible recycling of electronics this earth day.
Currently SWALCO, with the support of Sims host 18 permanent collection sites and a variety of one-day and seasonal collection events throughout Lake County, Illinois. All events are posted on the SWALCO website in the collections section.
As of January 1, 2012 the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act landfill ban was enacted. This Act prohibited electronic devices such as televisions, monitors, computers, printers and more from being discarded in the regular trash. Since 2000, SWALCO has been providing opportunities for residents to safely and conveniently dispose of those electronic items at community recycling events. With the help of Sims Recycling Solutions, SWALCO successfully collected close to 4 million pounds of electronics in 2013. More than 3 million pounds of that material was covered under the Illinois Electronics Take Back Law and collected on behalf of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) affected by the law.
'The continued success of Lake County's residential electronics collection program would not be possible without the support and hard work that has been dedicated to this program by our 42 municipal members that make up SWALCO,' said Pete Adrian, program coordinator for the SWALCO electronics collection program. 'We also are fortunate to be partnered with Sims Recycling Solutions, not only are they an Illinois business, they are uniquely qualified to provide support to our program by having the capability to properly manage the high volume of materials coming from all our collection sites.'
Items accepted at these collection events include cable and satellite receivers, computer cables, CD drives, cell phones, PDAs, computers (CPUs, desktops, laptops and tablets), digital converter boxes, digital recorders, DVD players, fax machines, keyboards, mice, monitors, MP3 players, printers, scanners, small scale servers, televisions, VCRs, video game consoles, flash drives, small household appliances (no glass parts) including microwaves, holiday lights, media (VCR tapes, DVDs, compact discs, floppy discs, etc.), batteries, and more.
Items that cannot be accepted include air conditioners, broken glass, dehumidifiers, electric fixtures, fluorescent light bulbs, large household appliances, lead acid batteries, liquid or chemical waste, packaging materials, smoke and fire detectors, and more.
All electronic waste is safely and responsible recycled at a local Sims Recycling Solutions facility. For more information on the collection sites and materials accepted please visit the SWALCO webpage at http://www.swalco.org/Collections/Electronics/Pages/default.aspx#.
About Sims Recycling Solutions
Sims Recycling Solutions (www.SimsRecycling.com) is the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, offering customers in every business sector comprehensive recycling services out of our 42 owned and operated sites across the globe.
Sims Recycling Solutions - owned by Sims Metal Management, a publicly traded company - has the global reach, expertise and infrastructure necessary to guarantee our customers that their data is secure, their electronic equipment is processed in an environmentally responsible manner, their reputation is protected and their compliance risks are eliminated.
In North America, Sims Recycling Solutions operates 14 sites in Arizona, British Columbia, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ontario, Quebec, Tennessee and Texas.
About the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) was formed in 1991 to implement the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan, and is comprised of 42 municipal members and Lake County. The Agency and its five staff members are dedicated to implementing programs that increase reuse, recycling and composting and reduce Lake County's reliance on final disposal in landfill.
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