“It’s really fantastic to see Amazing Spaces take charge in diverting electronic waste that typically ends up in our landfills. Their commitment to preserving the quality of our environment certainly raises the bar for the rest of the industry.” says Mike Wachtel, President of GREENspot DROPoff.
Electronic waste, or e-waste for short, can pose a serious threat to the environment and human health when disposed of improperly. When e-waste is exposed to the elements (in dumps or landfills), chemical compounds and heavy metals such as lead have the ability to leach into our groundwater, and when ingested, can cause serious damage to the central nervous system.
When e-waste is dropped off at an Amazing Spaces location, it is sent to either an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler for processing. Once at the processing facility, the material is sorted by type and either dismantled, shredded, or both.
Certain items, like CRT monitors and televisions must be processed separately (due to the high volume of lead) and are usually sent downstream to a specialized glass facility that can separate the lead from the glass panels. Usually the glass will still contain trace amounts of lead, thereby prohibiting its use in most consumer applications.
The material that is shredded is then separated into different commodities like ferrous metals (iron-based metals), non-ferrous metals and plastics. These materials are then sent to manufacturers for reuse in new products.
The GREENspot program is open to the general public and collects items such as:
• Computer monitors
• PC boards
• Computer mice
• Fax machines
• DVD players
• Cables and cords
• Stereo components
• Hard drives
• Tape and zip drives
• Loose PCBAs (printed circuit board assemblies)
• Optical drives
• Most miscellaneous e-waste
GREENspot, with the commitment of companies like Amazing Spaces, are helping to divert these materials from reaching landfills.
“It’s a huge challenge in so many ways” says Dan Jaeggi, GM at GREENspot. “…but by partnering with environmentally conscious companies like Amazing Spaces Storage Center, we’re able to provide the general public with a no-cost, convenient and responsible recycling solution for their end of life electronics.”
As of June 8, 2012, residents of Texas are now able to drop of their e-waste at these conveniently located Amazing Spaces storage properties:
Amazing Spaces Champions / Vintage Park | 9040 Louetta Road Spring, TX 77379
Amazing Spaces Cy-Fair / Jersey Village | 10830 West Road Houston, TX 77064
Amazing Spaces The Woodlands | 18250 Interstate 45 South The Woodlands, TX 77384
Amazing Spaces Medical Center / West University | 2412 W. Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030
About GREENspot DROPoff: GREENspot is the largest e-waste collector in the State of California with hundreds of drop off locations open to the general public and has now expanded in to Texas. GREENspot has won numerous awards including Collection Program of the Year (IERCE) for their efforts to promote responsible e-waste recycling. GREENspot DROPoff’s mission statement is to provide a free and convenient GREENspot within 5 miles of every household in America, while at the same time ensuring that the material is processed in a safe and responsible manner in compliance with all State and Federal regulations.
For additional information about GREENspot DROPoff, visit http://www.greenspotdropoff.org.
About Amazing Spaces:
Houston-based Amazing Spaces Storage Centers has been a leading provider of storage services for discriminating individuals and businesses since 1998. Its award winning storage properties offer creative solutions for self-storage, RV and boat storage, wine storage, packing and moving supplies, and more. Amazing Spaces is ranked a Top 100 National Operator and currently operates four locations in the Houston metro area.
For additional information about Amazing Spaces, visit http://www.AmazingSpaces.net.