Reusing and Recycling Electronics

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Real Estate Sales Representative with for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.

Reusing and Recycling Electronics

There is growing concern over how much toxic raw material is finding it’s way into the ecosystem once the life cycle of consumer electronics is finished and the units are discarded.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) has partnered with the Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) to put on an electronics-recycling event for members, and for the third year in a row, the response has been tremendous.

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On September 16, members dropped by the Board to donate approximately 400 items for recycling and refurbishment through the ERA, a non-profit organization.

I couldn’t believe how much came from my broker’s office alone, and by the way, I know all of the data was removed from the hard drive first.

Some computers, printers, stereo equipment and more were collected and will now be refurbished by the ERA and donated to schools, community centre’s, charities and other places where they can be put to good use.

Anything that the ERA cannot refurbish will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.

Rather than permitting them to be thrown into the trash – where chemicals like chromium, lead and zinc can be released into the ground – recycling programs can dismantle electronic equipment to ensure that the chemicals are handled properly.

This is a discussion we might want to have with our electronics retailer the next time we’re going to be making a purchase.

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Rainmaker
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John Grasty
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Well I took on the 30 Posts in 30 Days Challenge and this is the final post. It also allowed me to join the 30in30 Showcase.

Now I’ve got to let Kerrie know I’m finished and hope I adhered to the AR Guidelines:

Sep 23, 2010 07:06 PM #1
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Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

We as a society are really need to learn how to recycle everything we produce and use!

BTW, congrats on the 30 day accomplishment!

Sep 23, 2010 07:15 PM #2
Rainmaker
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John Grasty
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I agree wholeheartedly on your comment.

Thanks Devona and Todd; it really was a challenge.

Sep 23, 2010 07:19 PM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

When we lived in Napa, the city started the same program.  There were lines around the block where the recycling was taking place.  There were huge piles of each type of item.  It was heartening and a great thing to witness.  Here in Santa Barbara, they have 2 days where they pick it up at the curb.  We heartily endorse this, all the best.

Sep 29, 2010 03:04 AM #4
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Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

What a great initiative by your Board.  I remember we did this a few years back.  Congrats on the 30 day blogging challenge.

Sep 29, 2010 05:05 PM #5
Rainmaker
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John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

Ron and Alexandra: It's good to hear this is happening more and more, and it sounds like your program was a major success; congratulations.

Jenny: Here's hoping the board keeps doing it. Thanks.

Sep 29, 2010 05:23 PM #6
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Many electronics also have contact points and components that include gold, and with the price of gold being where it is, no wonder everyone wants used electronics! LOL

Oct 02, 2010 02:46 PM #7
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John Grasty
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No kidding Jim!

There are a whole range of precious metals used in electronics and the reclamation is probably quite lucrative.

Thanks for adding to the conversation.

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