Monday, January 11, 2010

Tampa company offers free electronics recycling and e-waste disposal

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM

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is a Tampa-based business that offers to help you get rid of your old computers, electronics, and e-waste for absolutely no charge.

What is e-waste, you ask? E-waste is used electronics such as computers, monitors, printers, peripherals, cell phones, etc. Florida E-Waste Recycling will take anything from old CPU towers and DVD/VCR players, to computer monitors, laptops and TVs, and just about everything else in between.

Local ordinances don't allow electronics to be disposed of like normal trash and most people don't properly dispose of e-waste, which needs to be taken to special recycling facilities. Florida E-Waste's website states:

"The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) prohibits the disposal of equipment that contains certain hazardous metals. As many as eight of these metals are found in all PC's and monitors. The EPA has left it up to the end user to be responsible for the environmentally safe disposal of this equipment. Here is an exert from an article by Donald Bleiwas and Thomas Kelly of the US Geological Survey:

'The metals contained in PC's commonly include aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, palladium, platinum, selenium, silver, and zinc. Eight of these metals are listed as hazardous by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), one of the federal laws that control the disposition of waste in the United States. This law prohibits companies from incinerating some types of electronic scrap or disposing of it into municipal landfills.'"

That's where this company steps in and helps you get rid of your e-waste and also prevents the environment from being exposed to it.

They also a hard drive destruction service to safely get rid of confidential information that might remain on it. They then provide you with a Certificate of Destruction with the unit's serial number (via a bar code reader) and then the hard drive can be recycled.

Florida E-Waste recycling has five drop-off locations in the Tampa Bay area (see below), or you can schedule a pickup (service fees apply). They also offer weekly, monthly, or annual collection programs.

For more information, contact: (877) 811-5865.;

Drop-off locations:

W&S Repairs

7039 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa Florida

Hours: M-F 9:30 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Electronic Service Specialists

2629 US Hwy 19 N., Holiday, Florida

Hours M-F 8 am to 5 pm

E2 Computers

40417 US 19 N., Tarpon Springs, Florida

Hours: M-F 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am-6 pm

Jersey Jim Towers TV Appliances

17722 US Hwy. 19N, Clearwater, Florida

Hours M-Sat. 8 am to 6 pm

The Service Place

3435 30th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida

Hours: M-F 8:30 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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