Black Mountain Software Participates in E-waste Recycling

Black Mountain Software was able to recycle nearly 1000 pounds of E-waste as a part of 3rd annual “E-rase Your E-waste” event put on by Lake County Recycling in Polson, Montana. E-waste is electronic-waste. It is used, broken or obsolete electronic equipment, such as computers, printers, cellular phones, TVs, cameras, electric appliances and any device that has electronic components.  BMS collected numerous nonfunctional monitors, flat panel monitors, printers, and computers for this recycling event.

Electronic waste has become a serious concern as a growing number of electronic products are discarded in landfills every year. Electronics contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury that can leach out into the soil, damage the environment and create health risks.  The problem is further compounded because many of the elements used in the construction of consumer electronics are quite valuable, leading some companies to attempt to recover them from abandoned electronics, and discard unwanted parts in a manner which is unsafe.

When events such as “E-rase Your E-waste” are not on the calendar anytime soon and electronic waste is taking up valuable office space, BMS’s Utility Billing office in Helena uses a company called Pacific Steel and Recycling to recycle their electronic hardware. When moving to a new office location, the Utility Billing staff took a substantial load of e-waste to PS&R, and even received a few cents per pound for their recycling efforts!

Of course, recycling isn’t the only “green” option for used electronics. Whenever possible, BMS tries to give back to our local communities by donating computers and monitors to non-profit organizations and those in need. Another option is to consider selling the used equipment on eBay or Craigslist, like BMS recently did with a used, yet functional, printer.  This can help produce some revenue to put towards new equipment, while also preventing items from ending up in the landfill.

However, when your used electronics are no longer functional or useful, recycling is the best solution to ensure proper handling of this potentially harmful waste. Lake County’s recycling program pays a certified electronics recycler to properly dispose of the products. You can even contact them to schedule a free recycling presentation at your office!  If you are interested in proper recycling of e-waste, give your county a call. They may offer these services, too!

Your Turn! What do you do with used and/or obsolete electronic waste in your office?  What services or practices do your recommend for E-waste?

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