Verizon’s Ashburn Recycling Rally

The community wins. Residents and businesses win. Even Mother Earth wins.

For the seventh time, Verizon is sponsoring a Recycling Rally for computers, appliances and other electronic devices from 7:30 a.m. To 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the parking lot of Quantum Park.

Along with typical recyclables like aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic, residents can bring everything from TV remotes to computers to toaster ovens to the Recycling Rally.

“We have been doing this since 2009, and this is the seventh time at our Ashburn campus for this event,” said John Dorn, project manager for the Verizon Sustainability Team. “We have collected over 230,000 pounds of waste just from our Ashburn campus and overall more than 2.88 million pounds since 2009. We currently have a goal of reaching 4 million pounds by 2020.”

Dorn said the benefits are threefold. It helps the environment by keeping the materials out of landfills, it helps the community by giving them a place to easily and responsibly dispose of old electronics and in the case of cell phones and accessories, the less fortunate benefit by having these items repurposed.

“It is a great opportunity for our employees, residents of the community and even businesses to recycle their waste in an environmentally friendly way and keep these items out of local landfills,” Dorn said. “All the items we collect are completely recycled. Nothing ends up in landfill.”

In the case of cell phones and accessories, Verizon makes use of them by donating them to HopeLine.

“Verizon has a HopeLine and those cell phones are donated to that program,” Dorn said. “That program provides cell phones to local shelters.”

Dorn said Verizon runs similar programs with its employees throughout the country, and the Ashburn event is one of larger public events in the nation.

“We have eight to 10 large-scale events like this one each year and we have employee events as well,” Dorn said. “Ashburn holds the record for the second-highest amount ever gathered at one event. The last one we had was 2015 and we collected about 40,000 pounds. The largest one was 2014 where we collected 69,483 pounds.

“We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and we as a company have a zero-landfill goal. That is one of the reasons we host their events.”

Dorn pointed out that wiping of hard drives is not part of the Recycling Roundup event. The hard drives themselves will be recycled and will be not be used again.

“We don’t turn around and reuse any of the computers or components,” he said. “They are 100 percent recycled.”

All participants will be eligible for free giveaways, Dorn said, such as water bottles or tote bags. He stressed that the event is completely free to the public.

“We will have people on-site to unload the materials from people’s vehicles,” he said. “Our employees volunteer their time, so people don’t even have to get out of their vehicles.”

The Recycling Rally will be held on September 14 beginning at 7:30am at Quantum Park, 22001 Loudoun County Parkway, Ashburn ­ visitor parking lot.  More information is available at (972) 457-7742.

Joseph Dill