All about E-Waste

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Electronic waste is a growing problem. Every year, more than 50,000 tons of electronic goods are thrown away in South Africa as our lives increasingly revolve around computers and electronic devices. Simply defined, e-waste is the waste created by outdated, useless, and inoperable computer, electronic and electrical equipment such as CPU's, hardware, monitors, printers, products used for data processing, telecommunications or entertainment, etc. E-waste takes up space in municipal landfills and contains toxins which leach into soil and water systems. The facts are real and the statistics are staggering! E-waste contains more than 1,000 different substances, including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, selenium, hexavalent chromium, and flame retardants that create dioxin-like emissions when burned. About 70 percent of the heavy metals (mercury and cadmium) in landfills come from electronic waste. Consumer electronics make up 40 percent of the lead in landfills. These toxic heavy metals can cause brain damage, allergic reactions and cancer. Across the planet, recycling initiatives are battling the problem and working to minimize our impact on nature. By recycling your e-waste you can help to prevent further contamination of our environment – every little bit helps. Virgin Earth aims to prevent e-waste pollution.

For organizations generating a constant stream of e-waste, we install green recycling bins at your premises, and simply require you to throw any electric or electronic goods and components in them, not the rubbish bin. For irregular amounts of e-waste – whether clearing out a cupboard or decluttering an organization – we offer a free pick-up service in Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Cape Town. If it runs on batteries or uses electricity, from a tiny piece of off-cut wiring to an outdated monitor, it's e-waste.
Some examples of the items we process are:

Computer systems, processors/hard drives, circuit boards, towers, monitors, laptops and their components, printers, mouse/s, keyboards, peripherals (such as electric and electronic wiring, cables, etc.), broken or old CDs and DVDs, networking equipment/components/cable Copy machines, televisions, telephones, scanners, cameras, VCR/DVD players Cell phones/PDAs Stereo systems, radios, CD players, portable electronics, gaming systems Wet-cell batteries (car batteries), electric/electronic vehicle components Other electronics

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Recycling and the Community
Virgin Earth Community is the charitable arm of Virgin Earth (VE), which supplies a variety of products and services onand off-line. VE Community donates time, skills and a portion of VE profits to a local charity or community project, as needs arise. Over the past few years, Virgin Earth has been involved on a small scale in paper recycling for two educational institutions, proposal submissions for sustainable community and land use, and an in-depth examination of environmentfriendly administrative practices in business. More recently, VE has expanded operations into sorting and recycling electronic and electric waste. Although this is a relatively-new endeavor, VE has already processed a considerable amount of waste that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. In recent months, Virgin Earth has begun to investigate joining aspects of the VE Community initiative with the principles of sustainable business practice, “treading lightly” on the planet, and re-use/re-cycling. Early results have proved promising, and it is hoped that the concept can be expanded upon considerably and formalized during 2008. Virgin Earth manages sorting and disposal of all e-waste generated, and incorporates this activity into the Virgin Earth Community system in consultation with the charities and community projects that VE currently supports. You will merely be required to ensure that your e-waste reaches Virgin Earth for recycling – whether by contracted placement of serviced e-waste containers on premises, or occasional arrangements for a scheduled pick-up. This will effortlessly lessen your impact on the environment through a reduction in the amount of non-biodegradable matter discarded. What happens to your e-waste? Virgin Earth evaluates and tests each item, then sorts and processes it appropriate to component and material type. Any residual data is wiped from items that may store it (such as old hard drives) before processing to ensure your privacy is protected. All e-waste Virgin Earth receives is removed and processed safely with awareness of its potential impact on the ecosystem. It will never end up in a landfill. All e-waste is processed in accordance with the internationally-accepted Waste Electronic and Electric Equipment (WEEE) regulations.

Make a difference to your environment and your community today!

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