The topic of partnerships in business is an ongoing dialogue; to collaborate or not, that is the question. There are products and services that seem to anyone like a natural fit, and others that only seem clear to marketers that get paid the big bucks for their insight. From the introductions and light party conversations of a few acquaintances, to an amazing space in Gilbert, AZ comes this profile of ER2: a partner to the electronics restoration community and to Mother Earth.
Speaking with ER2 co-owner, Chris Ko, was not just like spending time with an accessible new friend, it was one of the most educating hours I have had in some time. Aside from the great tour of the operations, with so many extremely cool things to look at, and some really friendly employees waving hello, I got introduced to basic concepts of e-waste, discard management, zero-impact and data-security certification. How do you thank a partner that is caring about and conducting business in the recovery and recycling of end-of-life products containing hazardous materials? By telling everyone you possibly can about it!
In the famous words of Dragnet’s Jack Webb, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Just the top 3 facts about E-waste taken from Dosomething.org are enough to make anyone want to get certified and take this monster on.
1. 1.80 to 85% of electronic products were discarded in landfills or incinerators, which can release certain toxins into the air.
2. E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.
3. 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.
Yes, it’s true: all of those upgrades lead to over 18,000,000 junked mobile phones (weighing over 70,000 tons) reaching our nation’s landfills each year — releasing an alarming 100,000 lbs of highly toxic lead. Each time a new handheld is released, all of these numbers just continue to climb. E-waste is real, as are the consequences of it.
Having a partner like ER2 help us do our part to combat this growing threat is not only necessary for electronics restoration, but critical to achieving U.S. Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and e-steward compliance. International waste trade laws, social community standards, data privacy requirements, environmental and health & safety management norms are all made whole by such collaborations.
ER2 and 24/7 IT& Electronics Restoration is a partnership that is a natural fit. This profile is an introduction to a series that will address the need for a greater understanding of the worldwide e-waste crisis and how the restoration community stewards insurers and insured alike. Get ready to get green.
About 24/7 IT & Electronics Restoration
24/7 IT & Electronics Restoration has been providing exclusive electronics restoration (ER) services in the Southwest since 2010. With a corporate office and main lab in Gilbert, AZ and a full services lab in Carlsbad, CA, we offer ER services to our customers 24/7. We are members of and participate in several local associations that support and educate our highly regulated industry including AIC, IIBAZ, AICA, BOMA. As a division of Benson Systems, we also provide adjunct vital facility and system integration services including HVAC, Security, Fire & Life Safety and all things low voltage. To learn more, please visit www.my247it.com.