Blog : Recycle Your IT Waste the Environmental Way on May 17 in Hampton

By Craig | May 13, 2014 | in

Each year there's a new electronic device we're itching to buy, whether it’s a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we're inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.

On May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located in the lot of the Old Hampton Court House and the fire department headquarters on 130 Winnacunnet Road in Hampton. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions.

The event is open to southern New Hampshire residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District - Brentwood, Fremont, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Rye, Sandown and South Hampton. Due to the popularity of the event, residents from outside these areas might risk being turned away.

Located in Amesbury, Mass., MetalWave offers Recycling Services and Data Sanitization Solutions, leaving consumers of electronic equipment feeling safe and secure in knowing that their information, and waste, is not sitting in a landfill.

Unfortunately, many electronic devices do end up in landfills, bleeding har

mful contaminants such as lead, mercury and flame retardants into the soil, and eventually, a community’s drinking water. Along with being an environmental hazard, end-of-life IT products left in landfills are open to potential data thieves if the device has not been properly erased. Many disposed electronics can also end up in overseas landfills where there are loose, or no, governing environmental laws for hazardous waste. MetalWave goes to great lengths and promises a 100 percent erasure of data files through their Data Sanitization Solution. While many “e-waste” handlers simply seek out the cheapest way to dispose of your computer or cell phone, MetalWave’s services are completely transparent, meaning you’ll know exactly where it will end up.

“We maintain a commitment to the highest standards of security and sustainability with a process that requires knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to address the needs of each transaction," says Tom Sousa, Director of Sustainability for MetalWave, Inc.

In some ways one could look at MetalWave, Inc. as a sort of environmentally-friendly document shredder for electronic data and pollutants. As a company that's committed to keeping you and the environment safe, it's not difficult to see why MetalWave joined the Green Alliance, which connects green businesses with eco-conscious communities. Green Alliance members receive up to 50 percent off MetalWave’s recycling charges for consumer e-waste, as well as free battery recycling.

Please bring your electronics to the event on Saturday May 17 from 8 a.m. - noon at 130 Winnacunnet Road Hampton, N.H. Residents must have a valid driver's license. For a full list of materials and additional information, visit the Town of Hampton website or call (603) 926-6766.

For more information on MetalWave, Inc. click here.