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40 Force: E-Cycling – What’s Next for the Electronics?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The 40 Force: E-Cycling event was going strong all day Monday. People coming in droves to get rid of old electronics that have been collecting dust in their homes.

But what happens to those devices once they’ve been turned in?

Over the last 30 years, we’ve made huge advances in technology.

Computers becoming household items, phones now not only portable but small enough to fit in your pocket.

We’ve also made significant steps towards protecting the planet.

But technology, like computers and phones, is not one of those steps.

“The electronics have hazardous materials in them, so if it’s not treated properly and we’re just throwing them into landfills, then these components can be very dangerous to the environment,” explained Kristina Dearborn of Environmental Integrity.

Just think of how many electronics you have in your home. Many probably just collecting dust.

That’s where a company like Environmental Integrity can help.

“We handle everything from computers, electronics,” Dearborn explained. “We do the recycling, reuse, as well as secure data destruction, which is a huge part.  Making sure that you’re information is taken care of and that you’re being green, but you’re also keeping your stuff safe.”

The materials, like metals and plastics, that they harvest can even be sent back into the manufacturing process.

Making some of the oldest models we’ve seen, into the models that have yet to hit the shelves.

“We have all these materials, so instead of using virgin materials and going out and mining it, we have it all here.  So it’s important to harness it, and use it and make new product out of it,” said Dearborn.


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