As you know by now if you’ve been following our blog, here at Bridge we are passionate about recycling e-waste, one of the fastest growing forms of waste. Many people simply throw away their old phones, laptops, or monitors without realizing the value of recycling them. But – our tech is made of valuable and recoverable parts such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. Let’s recycle that!!
This month we’re working with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island to run an E-Waste Drive at our Rhode Island office location. Any revenue raised from your donations will help Goodwill continue to offer educational and training opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Below is a list of what we can accept:
- Flat screen monitors
- Audio equipment
- Video equipment
- Toner/Printer cartridges
- File cabinets
- Metal shelving
- Small household appliances
- Floor model copy machines
Unfortunately, we cannot accept:
- Desktop printers
- CRT Monitors
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Single-use Alkaline batteries
We are ever so grateful for your donations! If you have e-waste you would like to donate, please bring it to 650 Ten Rod Road North Kingstown, RI 02852 and make sure to say hi to our team. If you have items not listed or any other questions you can contact Goodwill at (401) 861-2080 ext. 144.
A couple weeks ago, we hosted our 9th e-Waste Drive and Fundraiser for the first time in Providence. Although this was not our most successful drive, it greatly exceeded our expectations given our change in location. We are pleased to announce, that we were able to collect and recycle 6,057 pounds of electronics. That’s over 3 tons! In addition, Bridge raised $856 in total for The Providence Center School and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) program. These donations will be put towards aiding the children of our community.
We would like to extend a big thanks to:
- Office Recycling Solutions for their continued partnership with us. ORS is R2 Certified, and ensures that the e-waste we collect is properly recycled and that all personal information is destroyed. We could not do these drives without your guys!
- Everyone in the community who came out and made our first e-Waste Drive in Providence a success!
- The Providence Center School and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) who aided us in spreading the word about the drive. Along with their time, they also donated e-waste that will now be properly recycled.
- Whole Foods for graciously hosting our drive in their parking lot. Also for providing us with water and delicious snacks!
- The Providence Police Department and BCS for taking admirable environmental action by contributing loads of e-waste!
For more photos of Bridge’s April 2015 e-Waste Drive, please visit our Facebook page!
Thanks again, everyone!
-The Bridge Brigade
Have you ever thought about what happens to the information on your old computer, laptop, or cell phone once you have recycled it? Many people believe that their personal information isn’t safe and will be extracted from their electronics; which is why most people end up either:
- Hoarding their electronics; unsure of what to do with them.
- Spending countless hours wiping their hard drives before turning their electronics in.
With our 9th e-Waste Drive coming up this Saturday, we at Bridge would like to assure you that any information on your electronics will be properly destroyed. Our e-waste partner, Office Recycling Solutions, is R2 Certified. The Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) Certification is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is a set of guidelines and principles created to encourage and assess responsible recycling practices. Data destruction is one of the many areas that the R2 Certification covers. Electronics containing data are properly stored and then sent to R2-approved downstream vendors for shredding/wiping. Click here to learn more information about the R2 Certification.
So this Saturday, come on down to our e-waste drive and be at ease knowing that your personal information is safe!
April 22 is Earth Day this year and to commemorate this important day, we at Bridge are aiming to increase awareness of the ways in which our digital lives affect Earth’s natural environment. As a whole team of tech lovers and geeks, we also recognize the impact that tech devices have on the environment. Here are some energy saving tips to keep in mind when using your tablet, smartphone, or computer on Earth Day and every day:
- Reduce monitor brightness to reduce energy. Reducing your computer monitor brightness from 100% to 70% can save up to 20% of the energy the monitor uses. This is pretty easy to do and people don’t tend to notice a difference in their monitor brightness anyways. Additionally, If your monitor has energy savings mode, make sure it’s enabled.
- Unplug chargers when not being used. While this doesn’t save energy on your devices, it does reduce the amount of electricity being used. Leaving chargers plugged in when there is nothing being charged, still consumes electricity. So, be sure to unplug your charger when it’s not in use.
- Shut down apps that are not in use. Most people are unaware that every time you open an application, it stays open until you close out of it or shut down your phone. Manually shutting down these apps can prolong your battery life and save energy.
- Turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS can also save energy. Turning these features on can waste your battery, so use these options only when you need to.
- Reduce screen timeout time. When modern electronics are idle, they transition into standby mode, where the screen goes dark. Energy is still being consumed during the time between your device not being used and it switching to standby mode. By reducing the screen timeout time, you will be saving energy on your device while prolonging your battery life.
- When it’s time to replace your devices, consider buying ENERGY STAR labeled devices. For example, ENERGY STAR labeled computers use 30-65% less energy than other computers without this label.
- Plugging in your chargers on a power strip that can be turned off can maximize savings.
On April 18th, we are hosting our 9th e-waste drive to collect your old and unwanted tech and ensure it is recycled properly. We have moved the location from East Greenwich to Providence, to better serve all of Rhode Island. Join us at the Whole Foods in Providence from 8am-12 noon and do your part to help the environment (and make way for new tech in your life!). More details are here.