AVI-SPL is dedicated to making sure that you get the best experience from the products that we recommend for your communications technology solution. We also understand that when you are ready for a new solution, proper steps must be taken to ensure that the components of your old equipment are disposed of in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Contact your Sales Representative for more information.
According to Consumer Reports Greener Choices Website:*
Electronic equipment contains toxic materials that can pose health and environmental risks, particularly when disposed of in landfills, where toxins may leak into the soil and ground water. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, an environmental advocacy group, has found that the majority of equipment is diverted to uncontrolled landfills or to unsafe recycling operations in developing countries. As a result, the local environment in those areas can become contaminated, and local residents, in an effort to reclaim valuable metal components, may be exposed to hazardous materials.
Electronic equipment contains toxic materials:
- Computer and television monitors with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain four to eight pounds of lead on average. The EPA has identified electronic products as the largest single source of lead in municipal solid waste.
- Printed circuit boards in computers, music players, and other electronic gear contain toxic metals such as chromium, nickel, and zinc.
- Batteries may contain nickel and cadium.
- Relays, switches, and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) may contain mercury.
- Plastics used in many electronic products also contain flame retardants that are toxic and persist in the environment.
AVI-SPL is pleased to offer projector lamp recycling at no cost to you – you pay only the shipping costs to ship the lamp to our recycling center. While many companies offer a recycling service, they often charge for the recycling – AVI-SPL pays the recycling cost – and keeps our carbon footprint small by having you ship directly to our recycling center. It’s quick, easy and inexpensive to be environmentally responsible.
Did you know?
- Most projection lamps contain mercury, which is toxic and can leak into the ground water if placed into a landfill
- Shipping a projection lamp to our centralized recycling facility via standard mail is only about $3 per lamp
Recycling for Technology Upgrades
Technology upgrades require the safe removal of obsolete equipment before the installation of any new technology is put into your facility. AVI-SPL has partnered with an ISO certified national recycling company to ensure that all waste equipment is disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. During the recommendation process, our team of specialists will recommend a recycling solution for any outdated equipment that you may need removed during the installation process.
Did you know?
- Almost all electronic devices contain lead, and such devices are proliferating-and becoming obsolete-at breathtaking speed.****
- Using our ISO certified recycling partner on your next new project ensures that old technology is properly recycled – keeping it out of landfills.
Recycling During the Fabrication Process
During the process of creating your integrated solution, we generate waste products such as cable and wire clippings, connectors, metal plates and parts, and packaging waste, for instance. Our fabrication plants are able to capture and recycle much of this waste to prevent it from being disposed of through standard means.
Did you know?
- E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world today. The EPA and National Safety Council put the annual number of discarded cell phones at more than 130 million with more than 250 million computers becoming obsolete in the next five years …and that’s just in the U.S.**
- According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, in 2005, discarded electronics totaled about 2 million tons. It’s estimated that only about 15 to 20 percent of this was recycled.***
** Source: Materials Processing Company; www.mpc-e.com
*** Source: Consumer Reports Greener Choices; www.greenerchoices.org/electronicsrecycling/el_ewaste.cfm
Going Green is Good for Business
Utilizing recycling programs, like the programs outlined on this page, can be good for your business. If you are currently planning new construction projects and are working on a LEED Certified building, AVI-SPL can be a resource for your project team.