Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Annual Earth Day Recycling Drive On At Great Lakes

Annual Earth Day Recycling Drive On At Great Lakes

Detroit-based Great Lakes Electronics Corp. is again hosting its annual "Earth Day" consumer electronics recycling drive, where they will be collecting electronic waste free of charge to all Michigan residents.

This year, the collection will be held at their newest recycling and processing plant t 22100 Sherwood Ave. in Warren. The six-acre recycling complex processes e-waste as well as all non-ferrous metals.

E-waste from old, unwanted consumer electronics, such as computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, televisions, VCRs and video game consoles, has rapidly become one of the nation's most significant environmental problems. According to the National Safety Council, in 2009 more than 500 million PCs will be relegated to scrap in the United States alone.

Great Lakes Electronics consumer electronics recycling drive will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entire GLEC recycling staff will be on hand to remove the obsolete electronic devices from cars and to answer any environmental or security questions that the contributors may have.

"E-waste is an enormous and growing environmental problem," said Nathan Zack, founder, CEO and president of Great Lakes Electronics. "Our Earth Day event provides a great opportunity for consumers to safely dispose of unwanted and broken electronic equipment. We're hoping consumers will take advantage of this free program and bring in their obsolete electronic devices. Our employees will be on hand to unload the equipment from their cars."

Identity theft has become the fastest increasing crime in America. Great Lakes Electronics offer state-of-the-art security destruction. Memory devices such as computer hard drives will be accepted at the event and destroyed in a giant 15 ton shredder on site at the Warren facility. Shredding the hard drive destroys all data in security compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and Department of Defense requirements.

Electronics to be accepted at the Earth Day recycling drive include computers, palm pilots, telephone equipment, televisions, VCRs, and other small electronics and household appliances under 100 pounds.

"This is a great opportunity for spring cleaning," added vice president Kerry Grushoff. "We are proud to be a growing and thriving Michigan-based business that contributes to the improvement of our environment. With the tough economic times facing Southeast Michigan, we hope residents will take advantage of this free and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their obsolete and broken electronic equipment."

Great Lakes Electronics, founded in 2000, is one of the fastest growing and largest electronic and metal recycling companies in the United States. The company was founded by Nathan Zack when he was 19 years old. At 28, he is one of this year's recipients of the Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20s" award. With a nationwide pickup service, the company works primarily with corporate clients, large retailers and government agencies that need a safe, secure and reliable method for recycling their electronic equipment. Great Lakes Electronics has grown to more than 120 employees with eWaste and metal recycling centers in Warren, Chicago, Daytona Beach and Orlando.

For further information, call toll-free at (888) E-WASTE-1 or visit www.recycleelectronics.com.


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