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♻️ Recycle your electronic waste at Arsenal Credit Union this June ♻️

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♻️ Recycle your electronic waste at Arsenal Credit Union this June ♻️

Last year we collected almost 11 tons of old, obsolete and broken electronics. We’re partnering with Midwest Recycling Center (MRC) to do it again this year!

Florissant Branch

Saturday, June 15 – 9:00 a.m. until noon (sharp)

Arnold Branch

Saturday, June 22 – 9:00 a.m. until noon (sharp)

Stay in your car and a worker from MRC will unload your recyclables onto the appropriate pallet for you.

Nothing you drop off at our two eRecycling events this June will end up in a landfill.

Electronic waste and recycling workers outside of Arsenal branch

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste (e-waste) includes devices and gadgets nearing or at the end of their useful lives. This can include everything from a smartphone you just switched out for a new model or a desktop computer in your basement collecting dust. According to DoSomething.org, only about 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled every year.

The statistics make the case for eRecycling even more compelling

  • The world generates about 40 million tons of e-waste every year. That’s the same as throwing out 800 laptops every second.
  • The average smartphone user replaces their device once every 18 months
  • E-waste makes up about 70 percent of all toxic waste.
  • About 85 percent of e-waste ends up in landfills and incinerators, releasing harmful chemicals and toxins into the ground and air.
  • Some of the toxic chemicals that electronic waste contains include mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and flame retardants.
  • Some of the most harmful e-waste items include LCD desktop monitors and TVs, plasma TVs and computers with cathode ray tubes.

Facts and figures from The World Counts.

Recycling electronics can do a whole lot of good

  • Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year.
  • For every million cell phones we recycle, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
  • Most of the components of e-waste can be reused and recycled to make other products.

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency and The World Counts

Here’s what to bring to our eRecycling events
eRecycling events illustration Arsenal Credit Union

Free to recycle:

  • Hard drives, printers & some monitors
  • VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players & gaming systems
  • Stereo amplifiers & record players
  • Stoves, microwaves, kitchen appliances & vacuum cleaners
  • Space heaters, fans, power tools, hair dryers, curling irons & razors
  • Basically, anything that has an electric cord or runs on batteries

Fees to recycle:

  • CRT TVs 26″ and smaller cost $30.00 each.
  • CRT TVs 27″ and larger cost $50.00 each.
  • Console/DLP/rear projection TVs cost $50.00 each.
  • LED/LCD/Plasma TVs cost $20.00 each.
  • CRT monitors cost $5.00 each.
  • Any Freon containing device costs $10.00 each.

Cash or checks are the only form of payment MRC accepts when dropping off these items. The cost for mobilizing these events and helping to staff them is paid for by the credit union.

Items not accepted by MRC:

  • VHS tapes, CDs/DVDs, video games, cassette tapes & floppy disks
  • Smoke detectors & thermostats
  • Light bulbs & alkaline batteries

What are MRC’s eRecylcing credentials?

MRC’s R2 Electronics Recycling Certification and Level 4 State Registration means you are protected at the highest level. The company fully complies with the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Toxic Substance Control Act, Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. MRC also maintains necessary permits, licenses and pollution insurance as required by state and federal regulations.

Data on all hard drives and data storage devices are sanitized, purged or destroyed. MRC’s data destruction processes are reviewed and validated by an independent party periodically.

To learn more about recycling in general, check out this article that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in April 2017. Another good source: Recycle it Right: Guide to Recycling Your Electronics. These eRecycling events are a part of our ongoing community involvement efforts.

MRC worker taking care of electronics recycling

What happens to the items I bring in to the eRecycling events?

All items dropped off will either be demanufactured or found a new home by MRC so they can be reused. Reuse is the most environmentally friendly form of recycling, so MRC tries to reuse items in the form of parts or as a working unit (as long as the client does not require the item be destroyed).

Once all recycled material is broken down to a component level, such as steel, aluminum, plastic, lead, etc., it is shipped to an EPA- and R2/RIOS-approved facility to be shredded and separated further. The raw material is then melted or smelted and recycled back into a new product.

Without efforts like this, solid e-waste needlessly ends up in landfills, polluting the air and water with toxic materials. Sadly, about 40 percent of heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.) in landfills comes from electronic equipment discards, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC).

We look forward to seeing you and your e-waste this June!

 

We recycle anything with a cord or battery