15 Jun

4th Bin: Ethical E-Recycling for E-waste

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 9.06.39 AMMost people in 2015 have old phones, laptops, palm-pilots, iPods, and more, sitting around their houses not being used. Last week AGS posted an article about how E-Waste, old technological devices, needs to be recycled so the materials do not go to waste. We have the solution. E-Waste doesn’t go in the trash, recycling, or compost, but it goes to the 4th Bin (. 4th Bin is a company that will come pick up your e-waste to be properly, and ethically, recycled.

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The company started when the two co-founders, John Kirsch and Michael Deutsch, worked in the technology industry and realized that there was no where to properly dispose of their e-waste in NYC. When people were throwing their e-waste away, products with little value went straight to the landfill, put in a pile, or illegally sent out of the country to be incinerated. The process of incineration creates extremely harmful toxins, and creates lots of ecological damage.

4th Bin will collect E-Waste, deliver certified data destruction services, and IT equipment buy back, full service IT consulting, and on-site IT staff support. The team knew that most people want to do the right thing. If the wrong thing to do is much easier than the right thing, then that is what people do. In the past five years 4th Bin has collected 3 million pounds of e-waste by going door to door.

There was no legislation or regulation to dispose of e-waste properly, so they wanted to provide an option that is ethical. They also knew the dangers of disposing of technology with personal information on it, and they decided to add the service to clean out that material. They set up the IT services to make sure that the technology could be reused before it was taken apart for recycling. 4th Bin values relationships, and

Before you throw your old phone either in your drawer or in the landfill, call 4th Bin to pick it up for recycling.

Written by: Elise Mazur, AGS Intern on June 15, 2015

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