While the Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) has done much recycling in the community for 16 years, it has found a new way to help Orange County spring clean and also go green. The recycling program has expanded to provide free e-waste pick-ups for local businesses and organizations.
When companies call for a pick-up, a crew of corpsmembers will collect the e-waste, such as computers, televisions, monitors and laptops, and bring it back to corps facilities. All paperwork will be done at the time of pick-up, and the materials will be stacked in large bins. When enough has been collected, our e-Waste Processor, e-Recycling of California, will collect, transport and recycle it appropriately.
Not only does this benefit the environment by properly disposing of hazardous waste and reclaiming useful parts, this e-waste recycling is also socially ethical. E-Recycling of California has its e-Steward certification, meaning it holds to the highest standards in the industry concerning the environment and social justice. Some e-waste recycling programs ship materials to developing countries where the waste sits in landfills, gets processed in ways unsafe for workers or gets incinerated, releasing dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere. E-Stewards-certified organizations handle the waste on-site and make sure all materials are dealt with in a responsible manner.
E-waste recycling will also have a big impact on corpsmembers. A growing number of pick-ups will increase the number of job-training opportunities for local disadvantaged youth. The Corps’ Recycling Manager, George Patino, says he hopes to have enough pick-up requests to create a crew of three to four corpsmembers dedicated entirely to e-waste recycling. With enough interest, the Corps may sponsor a continuous drop-off point for the general public in the future.
For more information about the OCCC recycling programs or to arrange a pick-up for your company, please contact George Patino at (888) 641-2677 ext. 220. Please be prepared to briefly describe the material to be picked up.