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Every Litter Bit Counts for Waste Reduction Week

October 20-26 was a busy time this year for GEEP as it supported events across Canada for the country’s Waste Reduction Week. Corporate partners such as Samsung Canada and NCR  held e-waste collection events to support the initiatives of the week. The Recycling Council of Ontario held its annual Awards Gala in Toronto where leaders from the industry and their partners gathered to celebrate reduction, reuse and recycling successes over the past year. CARI, the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries held their annual networking event bringing together some of North America’s biggest drivers of recycling practices. GEEP Employees challenged themselves to help reduce the 1.8 billion paper cups that are sent to landfills every year in Canada by ‘lugging a mug’ with them to work for their coffee and tea. The Vancouver team joined  partner London Drugs at We Day at the Rogers Arena to talk to youth about how recycling can help our planet. But the most important message of the week is that reducing waste is a 365 day a year action oriented practice. Everyone can make a big difference, one litter bit at a time. WRWpic

GEEP attends annual Recycling Industry Event

The Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) held its annual Consumers’ Night, its largest networking event of the year on Monday, October 20 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, in the city’s vibrant Entertainment District. The evenCARIt allowed members and guests to meet and network with consumers, brokers, dealers, and suppliers in the North American recycling industry. GEEP was on hand as one of its over 250 member companies in the recycling sector that process, broker, and consume recyclable commodities, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electronics, paper, rubber, glass, textiles, and plastics. CARI, which was founded in 1941, is an industry association with a mission to promote the optimal net economic and social impact from commercial recycling activities. GEEP’s trading team took the opportunity to strengthen business relationships and make new connections. Learn more about CARI on their website at http://cari-acir.org/. Read more information about GEEP’s trading activities or contact Steve White if you are interested in commodity purchasing and sales.

 

Welcome to #WasteReductionWeek in Canada!

WRWGEEP2014lrOctober 20-26, 2014 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Since 2001, this national program has been organized by a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups and governments from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada. The week engages and empowers Canadians to reduce, reuse and recycle waste – our raison d’etre! It encourages Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices.

GEEP and our customers will be participating in events across the country to support increased awareness of how to take better care of our planet through managing waste more effectively.

To learn more, follow #WasteReductionWeek and @WRWCanada on twitter and please visit the website http://www.wrwcanada.com/ for ways individuals, businesses and municipalities can make a change and a difference!

GEEP Partners with Better Business Bureau for ‘Secure Your ID’ Events

GEEP Michigan and GEEP North Carolina have partnered with local Better Business Bureau (BBB) chapters in their regions to participate in Secure Your ID events in October 2014.

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BBB Serving Detroit & Eastern Michigan partnered this fall with GEEP, Shred-It, GreenPath Debt Solutions and Fox 2 News to host their “Secure Your ID” Day in Southfield, Michigan on October 11. The event successfully collected over 10,000 pounds of electronic waste that will be safely and securely recycled at GEEP’s facility in Redford, Michigan.

BBB Eastern North Carolina‘s “Secure Your ID” Day event will take place on Saturday, October 18. The event will include document shredding, collection of computers and hard-drives for secure destruction, and electric/electronics recycling.

Shredding and electronics recycling will be offered at two locations:

Coastal Federal Credit Union
1000 St. Albans Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lafayette Village in front of the Executive Office Suites
8480 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
8:00 – 12:30 pm

Presenting sponsors, Coastal Federal Credit Union and Executive Office Suites at Lafayette Village, will be on hand educating consumers on protecting their identity.GEEP will recycle electronics at both locations.  ProShred and A Shred Ahead will provide document shredding.

Individuals are encouraged to bring up to 3 boxes or bags of documents that have been removed from binders, and up to 5 electric/electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs, as well as printers, fax machines, vacuums, dvd/cd players, and toasters.

Oakland Community College Hosting Sustainability Days

On two Saturdays in October, Oakland Community College (OCC) will be hosting Sustainability Days at their Auburn Hills and Southfiled Campuses in Southeast Michigan. OCC’s Sustainability Committee in partnership with GEEP Michigan will collect electronic waste from OCC students, staff, faculty and the Oakland County community on October 18 and October 25.

GEEP will ensure that items such as computers, cell phones, cords, radios, and printers are all securely and responsibly recycled at their Redford, Michigan facility only a short distance from both campuses.

OCC is Michigan’s largest community college and 21st largest in the United States. With almost 82,000 students and close to 1,400 staff members, the college is an important and integral part of the Oakland County community. GEEP looks forward to supporting them in their sustainability efforts to help protect the planet, one piece of electronics at a time.

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GEEP Durham supports SAS employee Recycling Event

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From Left to Right, GEEP employees Davin McGinnis and Robert Bridges stand along with SAS staff Paul Nordhaugen, GEEP helpers Normeka Glaspie, Lenin Groullon, and Jeff Brown; with help from SAS employee Scott Clayton at a campus collection site on the SAS headquaters’ campus in Cary, North Carolina on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

SAS employees at their world headquarters in Cary, North Carolina are pitching in today and tomorrow to rummage, gather and cart in their old or broken electronics and small appliances to the semi-annual E-waste collection event this week.

“These events that we help our customers organize, are doing the right thing for the environment,” says GEEP Durham General Manager David Turner, “and really, by de-cluttering people’s homes and keeping these items out of landfills – they are a total win-win!”

People showed up with items like televisions, computers, printers, VCRs, toys, and some items that many had forgotten about in an attic or garage.

SAS takes corporate responsibility and recycling very seriously. 70 of their 5,308 employees in Cary are designated as “Eco-Advocates” and support initiatives such as the recycling event at their beautiful campus.

GEEP will ensure that all the items collected are securely and responsibly recycled at their facility just 12 miles away in Durham, North Carolina.

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E-waste Going to the Apes

Account Manager Sarah More and Driver Jeff Dumaif, both stand with the collection booth at the entrance to the Toronto Zoo on Saturday, September 27.
GEEP Account Manager Sarah More and Driver Jeff Dumaif, both stand with the collection booth at the entrance to the Toronto Zoo on Saturday, September 27.

Over 4,400 lbs of electronic waste (e-waste) was collected at the Toronto Zoo on Saturday, September 27 in support of great ape conservation! The event helped raise funds for the Phone Apes Program, which GEEP has partnered on with the Toronto Zoo. The award-winning program promotes the importance of protecting and replanting forests for ecosystem protection, wildlife conservation and climate change.

Zoo guests brought old, broken and outdated monitors, TV’s, computers, laptops, servers, keyboards, and other electronic equipment to be recycled. As with all items that GEEP processes, 97% of the materials will be recycled and any toxic substances they contain will be kept out of landfills. The materials can be reused and remade into other items.

Thanks goes out to all who supported this truly sustainable event which helped protect the habitats of beautiful animals and our planet!

GEEP Barrie Supervisors do the #IceBucketChallenge for @ALSCanada

Supervisors (from left to right) Shon Beisel, Will Bolton, Carol Madeiros, and Lorenzo Ingoglia are all smiles after completing their challenge outside GEEP's Barrie facility.
Supervisors (from left to right) Shon Beisel, Will Bolton, Carol Madeiros, and Lorenzo Ingoglia are all smiles after completing their challenge outside GEEP’s Barrie facility.

Supervisors from GEEP-Barrie’s A-Shift were challenged by Operations Supervisor, Rick Deschamps to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS Canada. Staff on their lunch break looked on as they each nominated 3 more people to the challenge and then got dumped with ice cold water out of coolers overhead. With the humidex hitting 40 degrees Celcius, the four challengers were happy to get cooled off for a good cause.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDLgbkkATqU

 

What happens to end-of-life electronics?

Ever wonder how electronics’ recycling really works? Watch the Electronic Products Recycling Association’s video showing what happens to end-of-life electronics. Using electronics today also means recycling them for a cleaner tomorrow!

 

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New Website

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