Electronic Waste

While many people think electronic waste (e-waste/e-scrap) recycling is a relatively new conservation concern, it has actually been around for quite some time. The Federal government passed the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act in the mid-70’s making it illegal to dump electronic waste.

 

In the late 1980’s the Basel Convention, an international multi-lateral treaty prompted by NATO, became the prime international vehicle for dealing with the transportation and disposal of hazardous waste.  It was finally adopted in 1992.   This push and subsequent efforts by numerous countries, federal, state, provincial and local government is one of the biggest reasons for the rapid growth of the recycling industry, providing thousands and thousands of jobs globally. 

In South Carolina e-waste legislation was passed in 2010 making it illegal to dump your old microwave, or TV in landfills.  The law was updated in March of 2014, to add further restrictions on computer monitor and television manufacturers. 

Items considered e-waste are, but not limited to:

  • Computers (laptops)
  • Printers/Copiers
  • Televisions/Monitors
  • Electronic Tablets
  • Gaming consoles/hardware stations
  • All phones

 

A BIG Problem

According to the Global E-Waste Monitor (a global e-waste statistical partnership) in 2017, there were 49.3 million tons of e-waste and the group estimates it will increase to 57.5 million tons by 2021! 

Improperly disposed electronic waste can have a sizeable impact on the environment.  Computer screens, televisions, etc., can contain mercury, chromium, lead, radium and other toxins.  Imagine the lead/mercury levels in a mound of e-waste seeping into groundwater and affecting a local water supply?  Now imagine it on a global level.

Pinnacle Environmental Services has the solutions to your e-waste concerns and more.  We are committed to the recycle and reuse of electronic waste and more.  At Pinnacle we recycle everything from electronics to solar panels, wood, plastic and much more.

Consider some of the benefits of Waste Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of e-waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and ground water contaminants
  • Increases environmental sustainability for the future
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to produce new raw materials
  • Saves energy consumption

Our goal is to help minimize landfill waste and seek recycling, or reuse solutions from manufacturing, production process and office waste.   Contact us today about studying your electronic-waste needs and let us provide sustainable solutions.



Mike Watts

by: Mike Watts

Pinnacle Environmental Services

From its inception, Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. (Pinnacle) has maintained its focus on providing superior customer service to our customers. We strive to exceed expectations through our comprehensive environmentally-friendly and innovative solutions to current waste management challenges. We are confident in our ability to implement cleaner, greener innovations into your operations, making better use of resources and minimizing waste, all of which serve to reduce the collective impact on our planet. Consider our Total Waste Management Program. We create custom programs for each of our clients and it all begins by listening—a rare commodity in this industry. Rather than make an attempt to sell you a standard package of services, our highly-trained analysts perform an on-site Waste Analysis Study. We talk with management and production staff to carefully examine the waste streams and determine their source and content. This helps us understand the entire trajectory of your operations. With that understanding as the foundation on which to build, we apply our expertise to develop your Total Waste Management Program. And we do more than just develop the program, we work with you to ensure a smooth transition. We deliver on-site training for your management and production staff to ensure everyone understands the new system of waste management. We establish and adhere to a pick-up schedule, using the appropriate vehicles with drivers who are DOT-trained and certified in OSHA hazardous material handling. Our drivers are also certified drug-free! Sustainability is a word that is often used in discussing environmental issues. At Pinnacle, we value sustainability not just in the environmental sense, but also in the lasting relationships we have with our clients. That is why we go to so much effort with the Total Waste Management Program! We want more than just a call for service. We are dedicated to establishing exemplary service and a long-term commitment to your company. Pinnacle has the expertise and training that assures you that we will meet Federal, State and Local Regulations. Compliance is the bedrock philosophy of our management. You will enjoy peace of mind knowing we are handling this critical aspect of your business and confident it will be handled well. You will also enjoy the knowledge that by choosing Pinnacle, you are making our world a little bit greener! So—check us out. We promise outstanding results every day. Give us the opportunity and we will show you how we earn the right to handle your business with our cost effective environmental solutions based on compliance and customer service!

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