Electronic waste (e-waste), which covers almost any electronic device that has a cord or a battery, is the fastest growing waste sector in the United States. Cell phones, computers, TVs, iPods, Android tablets, stereos, appliances, and other electronic devices are being discarded at an increasing rate as technology continues to improve. This e-waste typically contains highly recyclable materials including valuable metals.
To safely remove e-waste from the waste stream, SWACO created the E-Waste Diversion Program to collect and recycle old, unwanted e-waste in an environmentally-responsible manner. SWACO’s E-Waste Diversion Program is open to Franklin County government agencies and all the cities, villages, townships and school districts located within the County.
To responsibly recycle e-waste, SWACO has contracted with Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus for collection and processing of e-waste. Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus were selected as the result of a competitive bidding process and for their dedication to recycling e-waste in an environmentally responsible manner and following proper recycling practices.
In 2015, SWACO contracted with Southeastern Data and Goodwill Columbus to provide e-waste collection and processing services. Each company was thoroughly vetted to assure they met environmentally responsible recycling standards. Once contracted, SWACO offered the same services to all communities, school districts, and government agencies in Franklin County.
Services provided are divided into two categories:
• Collection of e-waste generated on site, owned by the entity or collected through a permanent drop-off. Services are provided on a pickup basis.
• Collection of e-waste from the public through a mobile collection event held by the community, school district, or government agency. The mobile collection event is held on a specific day and time and collection is managed by the contractor.
Under each of the scenarios listed above, SWACO has negotiated terms and conditions for the collection and processing of e-waste that result in revenue generated for the host political subdivision, or services provided at a significantly low cost, based on the amount of e-waste collected.
In 2016, five local communities utilized the program, resulting in 17 collection events and diverting more than 100,000 pounds of e-waste from the landfill.
SWACO encourages all communities, school districts, and government agencies to participate in this important waste diversion program. It’s good for you and it’s good for the environment.
This program is open to Franklin County government agencies and all cities, villages, townships and school districts located within Franklin County. Call a SWACO Innovation and Programs team member at 614-801-6408 today to learn more or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the E-Waste Program Fact Sheet