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Newsfront - October 3, 2008

E-waste recyclers target small business

Danville event collects more than half a ton

by Geoff Gillette

With technology continuing to change at a breakneck pace and current technology reaching obsolescence in record time, a new problem is being created: E-waste. Electronic components and items that have outlived their usefulness or just plain don't work.

Many waste haulers won't take monitors and other electronics due to concerns of hazardous items being interned in landfills, so what can a person do?

Drop it off with some e-cyclers. Companies that take outdated equipment and put it back to work.

A pair of local companies teamed together Friday, Aug. 22, to launch the first of what they hope will be many e-cycling events in Danville. EWaste Logistics, formerly ewastesolutions, partnered with Autonomic Software Inc. to hold a recycling event in the parking lot behind the office building at 315-319 Diablo Road.

The event brought in more than half a ton of electronic waste, said the organizers.

EWaste Logistics owner Joe Nelson said that he first began the work of recycling used components earlier this year.

"It really started off as sort of a hobby, but it has grown to a fast-paced business," Nelson said, adding that his company is targeting residential as well as small- to medium-sized businesses.

Autonomic Software sales director Darren Nicholson agreed.

"A lot of big corporations have started putting in policies about e-waste, but this will help smaller companies that may not be able to pay out for the service."

EWaste Logistics offers free pickup of outmoded or dead electronics and hauls them off.

"Ninety percent will be recycled through a state approved recycler," Nelson said. "It will be broken down, then resold to manufacturers to be used in newer, more energy efficient machines."

Nicholson said Autonomic Software got involved because they are in the process of introducing new software to the market that is "green friendly."

"We're launching the initiative to tell companies we have a green product," he said.

The new software will not only provide network-wide streamlining of functions like maintenance and patching, but it will also work to shut down computers that are generally not in use during downtimes, Nicholson said. He added that projected energy savings could be as much as $18 per system.

The pair says they intend to continue holding the e-waste recycling events, with a projected timetable of every three months, and hope to increase the amount collected at each successive event.

Nelson said he is also planning to branch out to other companies for events as well as nonprofit entities such as schools and churches.

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