#EarthDay2020: Carbon & Our Electronics

For the next installment of ACE Recycling’s #EarthDay2020 blog series we are changing it up with a video. This video focuses on Carbon and Our Electronics. It explores the carbon footprint of producing, using and disposing of electronic devices.

This blog is part of a series of blogs from ACE Recycling In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  This series focuses on changes you can make to decrease your carbon footprint and help the environment.  These changes are intended to be user-friendly.  Being environmentally responsible has the added benefit of being healthier and more cost effective.  The goal is to create fun and engaging activities for the whole family.  Simple changes to our everyday lives have big impacts on our health and the health of our planet.   #EarthDay2020 #EarthRise2020 #ActsofGreen #ACERecyclingBlog #SmallChangesBigImpacts

In the third installment of ACE Recycling’s #EarthDay2020 blog series we will look at Carbon & Our Electronics. As explained in the first two articles of this series, everything has a carbon footprint. The electronic devices we use daily are not an exception to this. Carbon is released through the mining of the raw material to make the components for our devices, the manufacture & transport of the device, and its use. Carbon and other toxic chemicals are also released through the improper disposal of the device at the end of its life. The video explains the #SmallChanges you can make for #BigImpacts on the carbon footprint of your electronics.

Other Articles in this Series

Carbon 101 – In the first article of this series we look at the carbon system as a whole.

Carbon & Us – In the second article of this series we look how carbon is affecting humans as a whole. We have always had a big impact on Earth and each other. This article explores some of those big impacts.

Up Next

Your Carbon Footprint: A look at what a carbon footprint is and how to calculate and reduce yours in fun, family-friendly ways.

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RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP AND BUSINESS NAME

ACE Recycling, in partnership with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a change of ownership and business name. The ceremony will be on November 1st, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. ACE Recycling is located at 10297 W. Van Buren St., #16, Tolleson, AZ 85353.

October 10, 2019 – Tolleson, AZ – ACE Recycling, in partnership with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a change of ownership and business name.  The ceremony will be on November 1st, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  ACE Recycling is located at 10297 W. Van Buren St., #16, Tolleson, AZ 85353.

Businesses and elected officials will join business owners Shelby and John Maguire for the ribbon cutting event.  In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, ACE Recycling will be holding an Electronic Waste Drive.  For a complete list of electronics ACE Recycling accepts, please visit www.aceewaste.com/what-can-be-recycled. There will be a collection drive for the Homeless Youth Connection (www.hycaz.org). The Homeless Youth Connection will be taking donations of $5-10 fast food gift cards and/or $20-25 grocery store gift cards.  The ceremony will take place at 12:00 PM followed by lunch and a tour of the facility.  There will be a raffle and door prizes, along with educational information and networking.

About ACE Recycling:

ACE Recycling provides a cost effective, environmentally responsible solution to the problem of ever increasing electronics in landfills. ACE recycles obsolete and surplus electronic equipment (working and non-working) and is able to reuse, refurbish, recover and recycle virtually all materials creating a surprisingly low cost solution for businesses.  ACE Recycling offers Department of Defense approved & HIPAA compliant data destruction.

ACE Recycling is open for electronic waste drop-off from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday through a partnership with River Crossing Self Storage and RV.  More information can be found at www.aceewaste.com.

Contact:

Shelby Maguire, owner

623.907.5430/Shelby@aceewaste.com

Announcing our Partnership with River Crossing Self Storage and RV: Open Saturdays for Electronic Waste Drop-Off

ACE Recycling is excited to announce that we have partnered with River Crossing Self Storage and RV in Avondale to offer a second drop-off location with Saturday drop-off for your convenience.

ACE Recycling is excited to announce that we have partnered with River Crossing Self Storage and RV in Avondale to offer a second drop-off location with Saturday drop-off for your convenience.  River Crossing is open for drop-off, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. River Crossing Self Storage and RV is located at 12100 West Van Buren St., Avondale, AZ 85323. Aside from CRT TVs and monitors (big-back), you can take the same e-waste items to River Crossing Self Storage as you can to us at ACE Recycling.  Please make sure any small household appliances are clean and any pill or dispensary bottles are empty and the labels are peeled off. If you have questions about specific items call us at 623-907-5430. For a complete list of items that ACE Recycling accepts, please visit https://aceewaste.com/what-can-be-recycled/

River Crossing Self Storage and RV is managed by husband and wife team, Carol and Harry Keyes.  They offer secure, drive up storage with month-to-month leases. Their facility offers a variety of storage space options to fit your budget and space requirements.  Through a partnership with KidSafe, River Crossing accepts expired car seats to be recycled.

Carol and Harry Keyes manage River Crossing Self Storage and RV in Avondale.

We are excited about being able to offer a secondary drop-off location that is open to our customers on Saturdays.  ACE Recycling and River Crossing are excited about working together to keep our community free of toxic electronic waste.   

Meet the Amazing Charlie!!

Meet the amazing Charlie! When you call or email ACE Recycling it is Charlie that is able to answer all your questions. We want to take a minute to introduce her to you, allowing you to put a face to the name.

I have had over 20 years experience with Customer Service from restaurant to receptionist and everything in between. I enjoy making people smile and feel the best way to do that is to provide a hassle-free customer service experience. I’m the Head of Amazingness here at ACE Recycling, from answering the phones and scheduling your pick-ups to wiping hard drives and sending out reports. I enjoy learning new things, which comes in handy when you’re working with computers. In my spare time I enjoy reading books and cooking.

#Circulareconomy

We are all used to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. #reducereuserecycle But to create a truly circular economy, we need to add refurbish, reinvent and repair. ACE Recycling is committed to helping you with every aspect of a #circulareconomy.  

#Reduce – buy less, but also, buy what can be reused.  Our linear economy is based on single use – buy, use, throw way.  The linear model is not #sustainable. One small thing I did was to buy #reusable straws.  

#Reuse – aim for #multipleuse products. I also shop with cloth bags.

#Recycle – #ACERecycling has recycle bins EVERYWHERE!  We are constantly looks for #partnerships to offer more options for recycling more materials.  We currently have a partnership with @resinate for pill bottles and dispensary bottles.  We welcome these partnerships, because our goal is to #keepitoutoflandfills

#Refurbish – our #ITexperts can take two non-working devices and get at least one working again! Electronics are surprisingly easy to up-grade, most people however are intimidated by it.  WE AREN’T!! 

#Repair – think your laptop is a goner? It might not be – bring it to us! AZ Complete PCI can fix just about anything!

#Reinvent – this one is REALLY FUN!  Here are just a few ideas: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crafts+with+old+keyboards

The Circular Economy Vision
A New Circular Vision for Electronics: Time for a Global Reboot

What We Do

With our comprehensive dismantling process, components of devices are sorted and disposed of in an eco-friendly manner. Metals are recovered and hazardous materials are disposed of properly. Components are reused whenever possible. Our extensive knowledge of computers allows us to repair whole units and/or use components to upgrade other devices for re-sale.

Electronic Equipment Removal and Pick-Up – ACE Recycling will come to you facility and pick up your unwanted/unused electronics. All items will be disposed of according to your requirements. We do the heavy lifting!

Data Destruction and Reporting – ACE Recycling will administer a data destruction plan tailored to your specific needs with a letter of destruction upon your request. Proprietary information and components will be removed per your specifications. Hard drives can be wiped using Department of Defense and/or HIPPA approved protocols or destroyed.

Why Recycle Electronics?

Electronic waste is created when an electronic product is discarded.  The rapid innovation of the technology we use everyday means the amount of e-waste is ever increasing.   Find out Why it takes 75 elements to make your cell phone.

More often than not, used electronics simply take up space. E-waste that is thrown away ends up in landfills—both at home and in the developing world—where toxic metals leach into the environment affecting the air, water and soil. Electronics contain heavy metals such as, lead, mercury and arsenic which are toxic to life.  

Electronics contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as heavy metals, that pollute the land, air and water.  Responsible recycling can reduce the amount of these pollutants being put into the environment.

In addition to reducing pollution, recycling electronic waste also helps to preserve land from destruction.  All the elements that go into electronics, must be extracted from Earth.  This requires the disruption or destruction of land and is a chief component of deforestation. According to the World Wildlife Fund 18.7 million acres of forest are lost annually.

Conflict resources are resources that are extracted in a conflict zone and used to finance the fighting.  Miners in these areas are often working in dangerous conditions and are paid poorly.  The article Toward Electronics Free of Conflict Minerals summarizes the issues facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The DRC is an especially important area because it supplies many of the components of Western electronic devices.  Recycling helps to reduce the need for conflict minerals and therefore, cutting off the money supply for militias and other groups committing human rights abuses. 

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