Remember the days of slow dial-up? Chances are you still have that clunky PC from 1997 taking up space in your garage.
In 2011, South Carolina law required that all electronic waste be recycled to keep hazardous materials out of landfills.
“People hold on to e-waste because they’re not sure what to do with it. They know they’re not supposed to stick it in the trash, and it’s a law that they can’t in South Carolina, so they stick it in the garage,” said John Dorn, Verizon supervisor and sustainability and engagement coordinator.
Verizon is helping out by collecting e-waste, or “anything with a plug,” for free at the North Charleston call center 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 4
According to Chantal Fryer of the S.C. Department of Commerce, recycling also adds jobs.
“By turning waste into valuable raw material, recycling stimulates economic development, creates jobs and increases tax revenue as well as generates income for businesses and local governments from the sale of recyclables,” Fryer said in an email.
Verizon uses Anything IT to recycle the e-waste. One thing to keep in mind when recycling electronics is to make sure your personal data, like your hard drive, is protected. But you don’t have to worry about that at the e-rally.
“The drive is passed through a hard drive shredder at our facility with the drive destroyed as it passes through a series of interlocking gearlike wheels that grind and break the metal into smaller pieces,” Paul Brundage, Anything IT’s senior vice president, said in a press release.
Verizon is hosting e-rallys across the country and plans to do eight this year. This one in North Charleston will be the third. So far, the largest collection was in Wilmington, N.C., in March 2012, where they filled seven semi-trucks with 86,000 pounds of e-waste. They already have collected 1 million pounds total.
Donated cellphones will be refurbished and sold to raise money for Verizon’s Hopeline, an organization that helps domestic violence survivors. Donated laptops in good condition will be given to Work Vessels for Veterans.
The call center is at 2401 Mall Drive in North Charleston.
Go to www.anythingit.com/recycling_events.aspx.
Reach Jade McDuffie at 937-5560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.