COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Redemtech (www.redemtech.com), a leading provider of Technology Change Management (TCM) services, announced that it helped companies properly dispose of nearly 15 million pounds of obsolete electronic scrap, or e-waste, in the United States in 2006. The company also diverted an additional 11 million pounds of equipment from the waste stream through remarketing.
This record amount for the company exemplifies Redemtechs continued commitment to the safe disposal of todays high-tech waste. The company has a strict zero-export, zero-landfill, zero-incineration recycling policy designed to keep hazardous wastes out of landfills; instead, breaking computers down into raw materials to be reused in the manufacturing of new or recycled products. Redemtechs recovery and reuse programs salvage any usable components from the e-waste prior to recycling to support refurbishing programs that promote reuse and extended equipment life.
The technology recycled through Redemtechs U.S. operations included more than 50,000 desktops, 175,000 monitors, 75,000 printers and 6,000 servers. The remarketed technology included nearly 120,000 desktops, 72,000 monitors, 23,000 printers, 61,000 laptops and 16,000 servers.
According to the EPA, as much as 4 percent of municipal solid waste is e-scrap. Americans discarded more than 154 million computers in 2005, not counting game systems, cell phones, PDAs and MP3 players. The Basel Action Network (BAN) estimated in a recent report (available at www.ban.org) that up to 80 percent of the e-waste that is recycled is exported overseas to dismantling shops, which lack the processes to prevent hazardous materials from harming workers and the environment.
E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the industrial world, growing at three times the rate of other waste material. A significant volume of e-waste, especially computers, continues to be shipped to emerging countries where it ends up in landfills, poisoning the earth with toxic chemicals, said Bob Houghton, president of Redemtech. At Redemtech, where true environmental stewardship is a cornerstone of our business, every day is Earth Day. Its one of our primary missions to ensure that every piece of obsolete electronic equipment is responsibly recycled and any usable components are salvaged.