ACTS Thrift Store collects Electronic Waste (E-Waste) for "FREE". ACTS is approved as a COLLECTOR in the State of California, by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery click for PDF and is a drop-off location for approved items as listed below.
Win for Donors
ACTS is a Certified Electronic Waste Collector by the State of California
- ACTS will properly dispose of the E-Waste
Be a Good Steward of the Environment
- keep unwanted and toxic items out of landfills that pose health risks
- provide people and businesses with a reputable place to get rid of their unwanted electronics
- Knowing that you are helping to keep Pasadena the wonderful place that it is
- By donating your e-Waste to ACTS you avoid dumping fees that are standard in California
- If you dump your electronics illegally and are caught you can be fined up to a $200 fine per electrical item
- By donating your e-Waste to ACTS you get a tax write-off as ACTS is a non-profit organization
Goodwill with the Community
- Friends, Neighbors, Businesses will look favorably upon your responsible actions
Goodwill with Current Employees
- People like working with progressive and responsible business organizations that implement Green Practices
- same as above
Schedule a Pick-up
- ACTS will pick-up E-Waste at your business, providing an easy way to get rid of unwanted electronics
To schedule a pick-up, select the "Schedule a Pick-up" tab at the top.
- ACTS will recognize Businesses with whom it partners; create additional goodwill for your organization
Win for the Community
Health and Safety
- Getting rid of e-Waste in a responsible manner keeps Pasadena healthy and beautiful!
Reinvest in Pasadena
- All the money earned buy ACTS for the recycling program is reinvested back in the community as opposed to another community
Support a Charitable Cause
- Your E-Waste donations is another source of earnings that provide funding for programs for at-risk youth that are administered by Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Lasting Impact on our Youth
- the funding from your e-Waste contributions will have a lifetime impact on the children served. The youth is the future of our community.
Eleven Facts about E-Waste
The True Cost of Electronic Waste
Calculate Your Carbon Print
ACTS is a Certified Electronic Waste Collector by the State of California click here for pdf
• Why Recycle Electronics
• Benefits of Rcycling Recycle Electronics
• The Importance of Recycling Electronics
• Going Green
• E-Waste Hell
How Big is the E-Waste Problem?E-waste is the fastest growing component in our waste stream.
1. E-waste constitutes more than 5% of the solid waste stream.
2. E-waste continues to increase each year. According to the EPA, 3.19 million tons of e-waste were generated in the U.S. in 2009; only 600,000 tons of this e-waste was recycled.
3. Over 82% of our e-waste – 2.59 million tons – ended up in our landfills or incinerators in a single year.
Technology improvements bring new electronic products to the market every day. This means we are constantly upgrading and replacing our obsolete equipment, as the industry encourages us to replace working devices with new and shinier gadgets.4 In addition, many of our modern electronics are “designed for the dump” – meaning it is often cheaper and easier to replace a broken device than to get it fixed.5
Why Can't I Just Put My E-Waste in the Trash?The problem is not simply the sheer mass of these discarded devices. Electronic products contain toxic materials, and improper disposal may lead to water and air pollution. “A Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor can contains between four and eight pounds of lead alone. Big screen tube TVs contain even more than that. Flat panel TVs and monitors contain less lead, but many use mercury lamps.” 6 Other toxic substances found in electronic devices include cadmium, copper, lithium, brominated flame-retardants, and phosphorus. “About 70% of the heavy metals (mercury and cadmium) in US landfills come from electronic waste. Consumer electronics make up 40% of the lead in landfills.”
Throwing away old electronics also means the loss of valuable minerals and electronic components that could be mined for reuse, such as gold, copper, metal, and plastic. “One metric ton (t) of electronic scrap from personal computers (PC’s) contains more gold than that recovered from 17 t of gold ore.” 9 Rather than simply throwing away these valuable resources, it makes sense to recycle the devices and reuse as many of these materials possible.
In short, recycling old electronics reduces the demand for raw materials and energy, reduces the burden on landfills, and reduces the amount of hazardous materials entering our environment.
Why Do I Have to Pay to Recycle my Electronic Waste?Anyone used to dropping off other types of recyclables for free – or even getting paid for some metals such as copper or aluminum – may be shocked to learn that they need to pay to have some electronics recycled. Electronics are complex items made of many different materials mixed together. Responsibly recycling these items is labor-intensive and requires sophisticated equipment in order to break them down into their component raw materials.
What are the Hidden Dangers of E-Waste?Caution must be taken to select electronics recyclers who can certify that their practices ensure worker safety and the prevention of toxic releases to the environment. It is estimated that 70-80% of the e-waste brought in for recycling is actually exported to developing countries.10 In these places, labor costs are lower and environmental regulations may be lax or not enforced, often resulting in major pollution and health problems in these communities.
E-waste that is shipped overseas may be improperly burned, soaked in acid baths, dumped into rivers, or piled into mountains for scrap recovery. These practices risk the release of toxic elements into the surrounding air, water, and land – thereby risking significant negative impact to the environmental and health concerns for workers and residents alike.
What is E-Waste?E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. E-waste can include re-usables (working and repairable electronics) and secondary scrap (copper, steel, plastic, etc.) to be "commodities", and reserve the term "waste" for residue or material which is dumped by the buyer rather than recycled, including residue from reuse and recycling operations.
More broadly, e-waste is non-working parts and devices, irrespective of material composition.
Commonly donated E-Waste Items
- Televisions - CRT's and Flat Screens
- Personal Computers (screens and monitors)
- Main Frames
- DVD Players
- Stereo Equipment
- Fax Machines
Items• Televisions [all types, any size]
• Monitors, [all types, any size]
• Computers and servers [any size]
• Copiers, Printers, Faxes, Scanners [any size]
• All peripherals: keyboard, mouse, speakers
• Laptop computers
• Xbox, Wii, PlayStation. Ipod, Cable Box
• DVD players, VCRs, DVRs, Stereos, Boom Boxes
• Ink and toner cartridges
• Unique electronics: Internal components of computer
Partner• Cal Micro Recycling is ACTS Recycling Partner - http://www.onestoprecycler.com/
• Cal Micro Presentation - click here for pdf
• Cal Micro R2 Certification - click here for pdf
• Cal Micro ISO 14002 Certification - click here for pdf
• Cal Micro has zero landfill and zero oversea policy for electronics
• Cal Micro works with ACTS to make sure we are DTSC compliant
• Cal Micro educates ACTS employees with the proper knowledge of handling e-waste
Host E-Waste DriveIf your organization would like to host and/ or sponsor an E-Waste Event, please contact the ACTS Thrift Store – Dominique Franklin (626.577.4477) or fill out the form below.
- Video of an Event – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt8a0jRZJ-4