In relation to World Recycling Day (May 17), the publication ‘La Republica’ featured GEEP’s Costa Rica team and facility to shed some light on responsible waste management. The article explains the three waste categories found in Costa Rica, with the final category ‘special handling’ relating to electronic waste. ‘Special handling’ items must be managed in a complaint and responsible way – to keep toxic elements out of landfill and prevent harmful exposure. Unfortunately, e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, and there is a need for people, companies, municipalities and governments to act now and develop a waste management strategy. This is where GEEP steps in …
In the article,
George Faeth (GM of GEEP Costa Rica), explains the responsible e-waste management
services offered by GEEP and the importance of recycling. The overall hope is to
revert climate change -but recycling also plays an important role in saving
natural resources, reducing pollution while generating jobs.
During the month of March, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) convened over 30 representatives of 13 Latin American countries and international experts to their second convention entitled: Regional Co-operation on E-waste Management in Latin American Countries. Participating countries included: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The Expert Meeting kicked off on March 18, Global Recycling day, and consisted of Project Steering and Technical Committee meetings as well as a series of presentations by UN partner organizations and local recycling companies.
GEEP (Global Electric Electronic Processing) was invited to present its operation as a prime e-waste facility example, as its introduction to the Costa Rican and Central American market in 2008 has led it to become the fundamental basis for the Costa Rican authorities to achieve approval of Waste Management Law; this includes the subject of WEEE in said country in 2010 and today many countries in the region intend to assimilate and implement similar versions within their own borders.
At the convention, attendees were able to learn and share their experiences on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), from health and environmental impacts to the design of policies and management systems. On Wednesday, March 20th, a hands-on workshop was held for electronic device disarmament with technical assistance from GEEP representatives, who provided personal safety equipment for attendees and explained the hazards associated with involved processes.
On Thursday, March 21, convention attendees had the opportunity to visit GEEP’s facility located within the city of Cartago. During this visit, GEEP explained its local mission and 10 years of operation within Costa Rica, as well as its corporate role which has internationally existed for over 20 years. The company provided suggestions and recommendations to the existing legal framework and ideas to improve the current management of the recycling market within the region. This feedback in turn would help to promote greater competitiveness among e-waste management companies to achieve greater traceability of their waste, which would be reflected in better services for producers, importers, marketers and consumers of WEEE.
GEEP also provided a guided tour to all attendees to showcase its operational practices, to explain processes and their associated hazards, as well as teaching the security measures practiced to handle, store and transport e-waste.
Currently, the world produces approximately 50 million tons of e-waste per year – which is the equivalent to the total weight of all commercial airliners ever made. This figure is predicted to rise to 120m tons by 2050.
UNIDO has collaborated with a large number of organizations on this project, including: national governments and organizations, local e-waste recyclers, SC and BC regional centers, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as various other partners, such as RELAC and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).
Mark Schell(GM of GEEP’s Calgary and Edmonton facilities) must be getting used to the spotlight, as GEEP Alberta was featured as the recent cover story in Recycling Product News’ March 2019 issue. With a circulation across North America, being featured on last month’s cover, accompanied by a seven-page spread, is no small feat!
The piece focuses on GEEP Alberta’s position within the ITAD
and electronic recycling industry:
GEEP Calgary site: primary focus is ITAD (IT Asset Management) services. These services extend the useful life of electronic devices by wiping them clean of any data to allow for secure repurposing and eventual resale.
GEEP Edmonton site: works closely with the City of Edmonton and is a dedicated end-of-life facility. Each year this site securely and sustainably processes millions of pounds of electronic waste, diverting it from landfill.
The article highlights the importance of data security and compliance and its priority to GEEP. No matter the site or service, GEEP provides clients with official certifications which states that their electronic assets have been data wiped or end-of-life equipment has been destroyed. The highlighting of physically secure sites, standardized procedures and annual audits strengthen this commitment.
Mark also speaks to the evolution of electronics
manufacturing, material separation processes practiced at GEEP as well as
challenges faced with battery and plastic handling.
So, please go right ahead, click the followinglink and learn everything there is to know about GEEP Alberta!
The Member Profile captures Mark’s professional background, his role at GEEP, as well as personal highlights (learning his brand preferences – he’s a Starbucks and Apple kinda guy) to his thoughts on the current economic state and voicing his concerns facing the recycling industry in Alberta.
Sit back and enjoy this entertaining two-page read!
GEEP believes in a sustainable future and is proud to support #WasteReductionWeek in Canada. We are committed to effectively and responsibly managing one of the fastest growing waste streams: e-waste. As a leader in managing the complete lifecycle of IT assets, we provide individuals, companies and municipalities with the means for safe and complaint reuse and recycling of their electronic waste; just search the hashtag #GoGreenWithGEEP. We strive to achieve a zero-landfill objective by extending the useful life of electronic devices; through absolute data erasure they can be refurbished and repurposed without any security risks. If this is not possible, our end of life services provide maximum recovery of natural resources through compliant and environmentally friendly operational practices.
We are proud to share our internal employee initiatives as well, which include: outfitting our offices and employees with reused electronic devices, encouraging e-communication (to avoid paper waste), reusing packaging materials, encouraging the use of reusable cups/mugs and providing easy to access recycling bins in our communal kitchen areas within all GEEP sites.
To learn more about this amazing program and how you can get involved, visit the Waste Reduction Week in Canadawebsite.
During his site visit, Steve learned from GEEP’s Brooks Callisher, the sustainable methods employed by GEEP to securely remove sensitive data from electronic devices and electrical equipment. To extend the life of useful items that may become re-purposed, all data is erased to an unrecoverable state through Blancco, the world’s leading provider of data erasure software. While end-of-life products are processed through state-of-the-art proprietary machinery that breaks them down to their base commodities, which can in turn be refined into new products.
The month of April is always an extremely important time at GEEP! Although April 22nd marks the official date of ‘Earth Day’, GEEP participates in several events throughout the month across North and Central America. Our corporate social media accounts (@GEEPGlobal via Twitter, FacebookandInstagram) give insight to our collaborative involvement with individuals, companies and governments, one of those being the FREE open-to-the-public ‘Secure Your ID Day’ Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding Event in Raleigh, NC. Local partners BBB Serving Eastern NC, Coastal Credit Union, Shred-It and GEEP hosted the event on April 21, 2018 as part of a bulk shredding event in Raleigh.
Thank you to all of our event partners and participants for helping us support #WasteReductionWeek in Canada, October 16-22, 2017. WRW is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness about sustainable and responsible consumption. We encourage you to #GoGreenWithGEEP and learn more about e-waste recycling and support our local collection events.