For the second September in a row and eighth time overall, Verizon is again sponsoring a Recyling Rally for electronic devices Sept. 20 at its Quantum Park campus in Ashburn.
The recycling rally is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quantum Park, 22001 Loudoun County Parkway.
“This is a great opportunity for our employees, local businesses and residents to recycle their e-waste in an environmentally friendly way,” said John Dorn, project manager for the Verizon Sustainability Team. “It is part of Verizon’s overall commitment to reducing our environmental impact and it all supports our zero-landfill policy.”
The rally is free and open to area consumers and businesses. The supplier disposing of the discarded items has promised to adhere to Verizon’s zero-landfill objective, meaning the materials will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill. At the seven previous Ashburn events, Verizon employees and the public turned in more than 300,000 pounds – or 150 tons – of e-waste.
Recycled items can include glass, plastics and aluminum cans; laptop and desktop computers; cathode ray tube and liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors and televisions; computer cables, mice and keyboards; gaming consoles; telephones and answering machines; stereo and audio equipment; paper shredders; alarm clocks; printers; cameras; conferencing equipment; remote controls; earphones; small electronic appliances (such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and can openers); microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries. Hard drives will not be wiped, and all batteries should be removed prior to turning in any items.
Items NOT accepted include hazardous waste (such as batteries, inks/toners, mercury bulbs); units containing fluid (such as motors and pumps containing fluid); refrigerators and freezers; medical waste, and radioactive material such as X-ray equipment.
Dorn said Verizon’s goal is to collect as much e-waste as possible with the least amount of inconvenience for participants.
“We will be out there rain or shine, and we will have people out there unloading all the vehicles,” Dorn said. “They won’t even have to get out of their vehicles, and if there is a little bit of a line, we promise to try to get you through there as quickly as possible.”
Dorn said randomly selected participants will receive giveaways, including water bottles and tote bags.
Dorn pointed out that wiping of hard drives is not part of the Recycling Rally 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.”
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