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).
After 49 years (and quickly approaching it’s 50th anniversary in 2020), Earth Day has become the world’s largest environmental movement! Connecting over 1 billion people across more than 190 countries, this event is vital to educate, celebrate and activate global initiatives. With a mix a political action and civic participation, this event confronts global challenges with the intent to promote/provide responsible alternative solutions that ensure the protection of the Earth for future generations.
GEEP also believes in a sustainable future. As a global leader in managing the complete lifecycle of IT assets, we provide the means for safe, secure and compliant reuse and recycling of e-waste. 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. GEEP annually processes 127+ million pounds of e-waste and securely manages over 635,000 electronic assets.
GEEP will be participating in several events across North and Central America, celebrating and collaborating with individuals, companies and governments. Follow our corporate social media accounts (@GEEPGlobal via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebookand Instagram) to learn more about these upcoming events and how you can participate! You can also search the hashtag, #GoGreenWithGEEP.
If we do connect in-person, you may receive a GREEN ‘thank-you’ in return: a GEEP seed
pen! This item is biodegradable, with the base containing pine
tree seeds. Once pen has been used, dispose the refill, plant the pen and watch
Unfortunately, the world today faces many challenges and it is our responsibility to join together to provide solutions to achieve lasting changes. Celebrate with GEEP this Earth Day, because #TogetherWeCanMakeADifference!
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’s very own Jeff Stasiuk, GM of GEEP Vancouver, proudly presents David Chen of Aplin Martin with his draw prize.
GEEP recently exhibited at the BC Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Association’s Annual Conference and AGM, which took place in Vancouver from October 18-20, 2018. Jeff and his team provided professional advice to show attendees relating to IT Asset Data Security, protection of Brand Image, and how the professional responsibility for Environmental Sustainability is achievable for all, companies and individuals alike.
David Chen, one of GEEP’s many booth visitors, won the draw prize: a Lenovo ThinkPad T540P Laptop with Intel® Core i7 – 4710 MQ CPU@2.50 GHz, 8192 MB RAM and preloaded with Win10 Pro. Congrats again David!
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.
Pertaining to some negative reviews tied to the recent release of a popular mini-series video, please know that GEEP is engaged in the business of managing compliant data security of ITAD assets. Our secure and R2 compliant facilities, which offer hard drive destruction and data sanitization services, adhere to ensuring best in class security of our client’s data. GEEP is not set up to sell retail computer and peripheral devices from our secure facilities and it is unfortunate this mis-understanding was not clear in the video segment. We would be glad to direct individuals to our downstream partners who do handle such sales of data wiped, refurbished, quality devices.