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Bridge E-Waste Drive

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: February 8, 2017

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:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Flat screen monitors
  • Peripherals
  • Audio equipment
  • Video equipment
  • Electronics
  • Toner/Printer cartridges
  • File cabinets
  • Metal shelving
  • Small household appliances
  • Floor model copy machines

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • Televisions
  • 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.

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The Bridge Brigade Rocks our First Providence e-Waste Drive!

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 28, 2015

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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

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E-Waste Recycling and Your Information Security

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 15, 2015

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:

  1. Hoarding their electronics; unsure of what to do with them.
  2. 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!

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Why Is It Important to Recycle E-Waste?

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 16, 2014

Photo Credit: http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/electronics-recycling.aspx

In several countries, e-waste is the fastest growing section of the community solid waste stream.  This is due to our continuous growth in technology, which has reduced the product lifecycle of electronics. People today cannot wait to get their hands on the latest and greatest iPhone, Tablet, laptop, television, etc. Many people dispose of their outdated model in the regular trash, believing that it is no longer valuable. However, these people are wrong. E-waste is comprised of many important, recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals.  Instead of ending up in a landfill, electronics can be renovated, reused, and recycled.

Only a minute percentage of electronic waste is recycled. The majority of it is primarily dumped or burned either at home or at a landfill. Methods such as these fail to manage the toxins emitted from the e-waste. These toxins, which can easily effect our water, soil, and air, can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders, and numerous other health issues.

So why is it important to recycle e-waste? Besides conserving natural resources and protecting ourselves and the environment from harmful toxins, there are a few other benefits. These are:

  • It creates jobs for professional recyclers and renovators.
  • It creates new markets for the valuable materials that are salvaged.
  • It saves landfill space.

It is important for all of us to do our part in properly recycling e-waste.  Therefore, you should come on down to Bridge’s 8th E-Waste Recycling Drive which will be held on October 18th from 9:00am – 12:00pm!  The drive will be held at the Texas Roadhouse Parking Lot in Warwick.  Bridge will ensure that all e-waste is properly recycled.  For more information, please visit our website.

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