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GEEP Costa Rica: Office Relocation

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We are pleased to inform you that as of November 1, 2016 our GEEP Costa Rica office will be relocating to the NEW address listed below. With an improved location and bigger facility, we look forward to serving you! Please note, our main office telephone and fax numbers have also changed.

 

NEW Address & Contact Details:

GEEP Costa Rica SRL
z Bodegas Edificio c 150 norte Parque Industrial
Zeta, Cartago Costa Rica

Telephone: (506) 2201-9595
Fax: (506) 2201-8990

 

Please update your records to replace our previous address:

GEEP Costa Rica SRL
25m sur y 75m Oeste Servicentro El Guarco,
Tejar, Cartago Costa Rica

 

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this relocation may cause and thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!

GEEP E-Waste Collection Events

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During the month of April, GEEP will be co-hosting various e-waste collection events across North America. Many are open to the public and require no drop off fees. We encourage everyone to bring their old, broken or unwanted electronics to these events. GEEP will ensure all items are responsibly and securely recycled. Together we can manage the consequences of the electronic age, through sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling.

Follow GEEP via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see if any events are being held in your local area. Search the hashtag, #GoGreenWithGEEP or #TogetherWeCanMakeADifference for updates and photos.

If you do connect with us at one of our collection events, you may receive a GREEN ‘thank-you’ in return: a GEEP seed pack or GEEP seed pen! Both items are embedded with seeds and are biodegradable. When planted in a pot of soil, the seeds will grow, while the rest will compost away, leaving behind beautiful flowers or even a pine tree! Some events also feature a draw for a new electronic device. To be entered, you must drop off an acceptable e-waste item.

Celebrate with GEEP this Earth Day – HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! These events will be easy to spot with our new a-frame signs!

 

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#GoGreenWithGEEP

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The countdown to Earth Day is on! On Friday April 22, 2016 the world will celebrate an international day of environmental action. GEEP will be participating in
many events around North America celebrating with individuals, companies and governments on how we can work together to protect our beautiful planet. Follow GEEP via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to learn more about these upcoming events and how you can participate!  Search the hashtag, #GoGreenWithGEEP.

If you do connect with us at one of these events, you might receive one of our “Grow a Better Tomorrow” seed paper packs. We encourage you to get a pot, plant these adorable seed paper shapes and watch the wildflowers grow! It’s a fun activity to do with children, grandchildren, or in your office to brighten up a space with the colours of spring!

Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper that is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed for this paper!) and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers. It’s easy to plant and grow. We purchased the promotional item from Botanical PaperWorks who are both the manufacturer of plantable paper and the designer and printer of many other plantable paper products.

WATCH A GREAT VIDEO PUT TOGETHER FROM BOTANICAL PAPERWORKS, EXPLAINING HOW TO GROW YOUR FLOWERS: 

 

 

HERE ARE DIRECTIONS FOR GROWING A BETTER TOMORROW*

 

SUPPLY LIST

  • a pot for planting
  • some good potting soil
  • plantable paper
  • water
  • a sunny corner

 

STEP 1 – PREPARE YOUR POT

Fill your pot 2/3 full with good potting soil. Tamp down the soil and add more if necessary. You want the pot to be firmly full, but not packed. The paper can be planted indoors or outside, so you get to choose according to the temperature and conditions at the time of planting (we don’t recommend planting outside if it’s blizzarding or desert-hot!).

STEP 2 – PLANT THE PAPER

Take your plantable paper and cover the soil in the prepared pot with the paper. It’s okay if the paper overlaps. Spread a 1/8 to 1/4 inch layer of soil over the plantable paper pieces and tamp down gently.

STEP 3 – WATER DURING GERMINATION

After planting the paper in your pot, give it a good soak. You want the paper and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. During the first 10 days, keep the paper moist at all times. The water is necessary for germination.

STEP 4 – CARE AFTER GERMINATION

Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to over water. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed. Here’s what the pot looks like after planting a greeting card: Paper_Growing       *Thanks to Botanical paperworks for these great directions! www.botanicalpaperworks.com

GEEP et Jour de la Terre Québec renouvellent leur partenariat pour l’édition 2015 du Jour de la Terre

Pour la troisième année consécutive, GEEP sera le partenaire du Jour De La Terre Québec pour un événement de collecte de produits électroniques et informatiques dans l’arrondissement Ville Marie le 22 avril 2015.

Pour plus d’information, visitez le site http://www.jourdelaterre.org/category/touslesjours/4-collecte-de-matieres-dangereuses-touslesjours/

Jour de la Terre s’associe à GEEP en toute confiance grâce à leur politique zéro enfouissement et leur capacité à garantir la destruction des données contenues dans le matériel collecté. Les industries, commerces et institutions participantes, soucieuses de l’environnement, se voient ainsi offrir la tranquillité d’esprit d’un recyclage selon les règlementations en vigueur. GEEP est une compagnie reconnue internationalement qui assure des solutions éthiques de pointe pour le recyclage des produits électroniques en fin de vie utile, mais aussi des solutions de réemploi pour le matériel éligible à une deuxième vie.Le partenariat de Jour de la Terre Québec avec GEEP se poursuivra tout au long de l’année à travers le programme Allo la Terre.

GEEP featured in Living Wage article

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Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) general manager Ted Cooper and recruitment co-ordinator Maria Clairelyn Vicencio are happy to be hiring more workers at the John Street recycling company. It will be holding a job fair at the Dorian Parker Centre in Sunnidale Park on April 16.

The Barrie Examiner recently published an article about employment and the access to living wage jobs in Barrie, Ontario. The article goes on to describe what a living wage actually is and how it can be difficult to determine for individual cities. But, what is clear is that a ‘living’ wage – what is necessary to earn to live above the poverty line in Ontario – is above the current minimum wage of $11 per hour. GEEP is preparing to directly hire 50 new employees for its Barrie plant and is hosting a job fair to meet candidates on Thursday, April 16 at the Dorian Parker Centre in Sunnidale Park in Barrie, Ontario. Read the full article here: http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2015/04/11/geep-in-barrie-taking-concept-of-living-wage-to-heart

Recycling E-waste Supports Global #EarthHour Movement

At 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2105, hundreds of millions of people across the globe will switch off the non-essential lights of homes and businesses for one hour. This growing worldwide movement is intended to get as many people as possible focused on a commitment to the planet earth. The goal when the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) started the event in Australia in 2007, was to engage their citizens on the issue of climate change.

Within a year, Earth Hour grew beyond the Australian borders to reach 371 cities in 35 countries across the globe and included major landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. By 2010, 128 countries were participating and in 2012 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories were committing to turning their lights off from 8:30 – 9:30pm local time.  Only 8 years from its inception, over 162 countries will participate with hundreds of millions engaged in the ideals of environmental protection.

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GEEP is proud that we support the goals of the Earth Hour movement every day. With the recycling of electronics that we do 24-hours a day, seven days per week, we are preserving energy and the earth’s natural resources with every piece of electronics we touch. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 American homes in a year. And, if we recycled all of the approximately 100 million cell phones that were retired just last year in the United States alone, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a year. That’s 162 million energy hours!

When we recycle one million cell phones we are able to recover 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium. That means that those precious metals do not end up in a landfill,  they can be reused and the energy needed to mine the same amount is saved.

Earth Hour has gone beyond just switching off lights and has become a vehicle for people to achieve environmental outcomes. We support the many people, companies, and governments that will be committing through their actions to make a difference for the planet on Saturday, March 28.  Our earth deserves for all of us not only to care, but to act. #EarthHour #IWIYW

GEEP Collecting E-waste at The Green Living Show

On March 27-29, 2015, GEEP will be partnering again with The Green Living Show and Samsung Canada to collect e-waste at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada. Anyone bringing their old electronics to the show will receive FREE admission for the weekend-long eco and healthy living event.

We’re encouraging anyone that brings their e-waste to tweet a selfie with their items with hastag #RecycleGLS and include us @GEEPInc. Individuals will also have the opportunity to enter a draw to win a Samsung tablet each day. Admission is thanks to the amazing support of Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow initiative from Samsung Canada.

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The Green Living Show:

The Green Living Show, held annually in Toronto, showcases an impressive line up of speakers and more than 400 exhibitors representing the best in local and organic food, eco-fashion, natural beauty, fitness, hybrid and electrical vehicles and more — all under one roof. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a yogi, a conservationist, an eco-parent, a green car enthusiast or all of the above, the Green Living Show is a one-stop shop to a healthier lifestyle and healthier planet. For more information, visit www.greenlivingshow.ca or follow the show on twitter @GreenLivingPage or LIKE the show at Facebook.com/GreenLivingPage.

List of acceptable items for collection at the show:

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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!