SWACO CREATES E-WASTE DIVERSION PROGRAM IN RESPONSE TO
LARGEST GROWING WASTE SECTOR IN U.S.
(Columbus, Ohio) February 17, 2016 -- E-waste is the largest growing waste sector in the United States. Cell phones, computers, TVs, iPods, Android tablets, stereos, appliances, and other electronic devices are being discarded at an increasing rate as technology continues to improve. Electronic devices typically contain highly recyclable materials including valuable metals. In response to that growing trend, SWACO has created a new E-Waste Diversion Program for use by local governments and school districts within the Solid Waste District to environmentally dispose of e-waste in order to better safeguard the health of Franklin County residents and families, as well as provide for the safety of our limited natural environment.
“SWACO is focused on creating common sense approaches to increasing recycling and diversion that benefit the families, residents, businesses and government partners in our District,” said Ty Marsh, SWACO’s Executive Director. “Increasing e-waste recycling is one way we’re being innovative to generate economic activity and create jobs in an already thriving industry.”
According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance, “Recycling generates economic activity and creates 10 jobs for every one job at a landfill.”
SWACO’s E-Waste Diversion Program is open to all Franklin County government entities including county agencies and all of the cities, villages, townships and school districts in the County. To oversee the operation of the program, SWACO has contracted with Southeastern Data for the collection and processing of e-waste generated by those communities, and also executed contracts with both Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus for community e-waste collection events. Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus were selected as the result of a competitive bidding process and for their dedication to recycling e-waste in an environmentally responsible manner and following proper recycling practices.
The success of this new program will be measured on the number of government and school entities that elect to participate, in addition to the amount of e-waste removed from the solid waste stream.
Michael Stubblebine, President of Southeastern Data, said the company was excited to be part of this joint venture. “SWACO was interested in developing an e-waste recycling program that was simple to use and available to all, similar to its popular Community Consortium Program. They, like we at Southeastern Data, hope to remove as much e-waste as possible from the solid waste disposal stream and to recycle it in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner. We are proud to be a part of that mission.”
“We are delighted to expand our e-waste recycling program in Columbus through this partnership with SWACO, and are honored to be selected to participate in this vitally important sustainability effort,” said Goodwill Columbus President and CEO Margie Pizzuti. “Last year Goodwill helped to divert more than 1 million pounds of e-waste from landfills through grass-roots, community-based drives, and we are eager to assist Franklin County citizens to dispose of their e-waste responsibly, as a preferred SWACO partner. Goodwill has a longstanding and recognized history as a ‘recycling powerhouse,’ by diverting an additional 7.5 million pounds of waste from landfills through our donated goods retail stores, attended donation centers and other recycling efforts.”
“Goodwill is good for our planet and great for our clients with disabilities and other barriers, as we transform their lives through pathways to independence and the power of work,” said Pizzuti.
Participation in the program provides the forty-one eligible local communities as well as the school districts in the County with cost-effective solutions to their e-waste disposal needs by leveraging SWACO’s existing agreements with Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus.
Franklin County governments or school districts interested in participating in the program, can go online to enroll at http://www.swaco.org/Communities/e-waste-program.aspx or by calling 614-801-6408.
Residents and businesses located within the county who are interested in safely and sustainably disposing of their e-waste, should visit www.swaco.org for available information.