Blog : IT Recycling Company Finds Success at Portsmouth eCycling Event

By Craig | Dec 3, 2014 | in

On September 29, MetalWave, Inc., an IT recycling company located in Amesbury, Mass., partnered with the Green Alliance, QA Cafe, Axis Business Solutions and Alpha Loft for a multi-town eCycling event at the QA Cafe office's parking lot in Portsmouth. The event was designed to provide a space for businesses and individuals to safely recycle their old or broken IT equipment and personal computing devices such as laptops, tablets and smart-phones.

The event proved a success as residents and businesses brought large quantities of recyclable materials of unwanted office and home IT products. After the event, each item was cataloged and disseminated throughout at the MetalWave facility for refurbishment, data erasing or destruction. As part of the recycling process, MetalWave generates a report card for the total number of items received at events such as the collaboration with QA Cafe.

Known as a Certificate of Recycling, the document breaks down how much product was received at the event in each category. For example, MetalWave received 85 scrapped printers, seven laptops, eight AC adaptors, nine stereos and VCRs and varying amounts of other electronic devices and wired items.

The certificate for the amount of recycled material is one of three offered by MetalWave, according to Jim Jubb, MetalWave's Business Development Manager. Jubb says that the Recycling Certificate is the most common and is made available to all customers. Other documents include a certificate for data destruction, data security and data privacy.

According to Joe McEachern, founder and CEO of QA Cafe, the event yielded 3,836 pounds of recycled material.

Jubb was enthusiastic about the event's turnout, the amount of product received and the public - many of whom are community members with the Green Alliance - interest in the effects of IT waste on the environment and how to properly dispose of that waste.

"Everyone who came out were nice people and extremely interested in the recycling and teardown process at MetalWave," said Jubb. He thanked the Green Alliance, QA Cafe, Alpha Loft and Axis Business Solutions for their involvement and their help spreading the word about the event.

As a business partner with the Green Alliance, MetalWave offers recycling services and Solid State Drive (SSD) Data Sanitation 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 harmful 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 a 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 most “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,” said 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% off MetalWave’s recycling charges for consumer e-waste, as well as free battery recycling.

Green Alliance members save up to 50% off recycling charges on electronics, including monitors, printers, faxes, copiers, and televisions, as well as FREE battery recycling! Not a member? Join here!