Reliant, NRG employees host Electronics Recycling Drive benefiting Easter Seals Greater Houston
-- Company joins with CompuCycle and the Houston Pavilions to collect electronic waste and create jobs--
WHAT: Reliant, NRG employees are hosting a community electronics recycling drive on America Recycles Day. All of the electronic waste collected will be responsibly recycled by Compucycle to fund a long –term training and employment program for Easter Seals Greater Houston’s clients and Houstonians living with a disability. In 2009, more than 6.6 billion pounds of electronic waste was generated in the US. This event invites everyone working in the downtown Houston area to donate unused or unwanted electronic devises for recycling in a responsible manner, to help create jobs and protect the environment.more
August 13, 2012
UHY LLP, Easter Seals Partner for Electronic Waste Recycling Program Campaign to Create Jobs for People Living with a Disability
Houston, Texas (August 13, 2012) UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants has teamed with Easter Seals of Greater Houston, CompuCycle and The Council For Corporate Responsibility for an innovative corporate responsibility program aimed at converting electronic waste into jobs for Easter Seal clients in Houston. CompuCycle, Houston’s first R2 Certified, EPA recognized, electronic recycling solutions provider, will manage the electronic recycling process and hire Easter Seals clients to assist in the work. This collaborative project has been named the WhatIF™ campaign, answering the question, “WhatIF™ businesses could protect the environment and contribute to the community at the same time?”
“WhatIF™ fosters a virtuous circle of community action,” said Rick Stein, CEO of UHY Advisors-Texas. “It allows UHY as a company as well as our employees to contribute to a great cause. We can clean our corporate offices and ask our employees to clean their own homes of electronic waste likely to wind up at a landfill, all while creating jobs for Easter Seal clients. That’s why we’re inviting other community minded companies in Houston to donate their own waste or sponsor their own recycling days,” he said. “Rather than making cash donations that many worthy charities often request, WhatIF™ creates value from items that would otherwise just be thrown away,” Stein added.more
Ben Lack: How does CompuCycle compete in the electronic recycling space?
Clive Hess: We are a certified electronic recycling company. We are R2 certified, it’s not R2D2 just R2. R2 stands for Responsible Recycling Practices and it is an EPA accredited certification. And we are also ISO 14001 certified. We provide responsible recycling solutions, business focuses on refurbishing open for reuse, re-sell of components and environmentally responsible electronic waste recycling and Compucycle we began our lives in 1996 and we service both East Houston and Texas markets and we also do provide national services to regarding end of life computer asset management and recycling services.
Ben Lack: Tell me a little bit about what’s happening to your industry over the last 2-3 years and what types of problems and opportunities you see for your company.
Clive Hess: In the last 3 years, certainly in the US, there has been a great drive for responsible and green recycling practices. And fortunately in our industry, there has been a drive towards companies becoming certified in the electronic recycling process to prevent product from being landfill and product from being exported to countries or to companies that do not have the ability to recycle products in the correct manner.Let me add that many states today have adopted electronic recycling laws. There is no national law for electronic recycling. So each state is a little different and may have laws that are not necessarily compliant to another state. But the most stringent recycling laws would be in California where product cannot be landfill; the actual state is actually funding for recycling. And living in Texas unfortunately, we do have some laws. They are not as stringent as most other states but they do exist, which is certainly better than nothing. But we hope that there will be some more stringent laws going forward.What’s happening in our industry is that as companies are recycling products more effectively and efficiently, certified companies are preventing product from being disposed incorrectly. Corporations and municipalities and cities now have the ability to work with responsible companies and disposing of the assets.more
Local CPA Firm Partners with Electronics Recycling Company and Non-Profit Organization to Create Jobs for People Living with a Disability
UHY’s WhatIF ™ Campaign Brings CompuCycle and Easter Seals Greater Houston Together for 60 Day Sustainability Initiative
HOUSTON- (XX, 2012) – UHY Advisors, LLC in partnership with CompuCycle, Houston’s first R2 Certified electronics recycling company and Easter Seals Greater Houston, the non-profit organization serving individuals in Houston living with disabilities for over 70 years, is thrilled to formally announce the WhatIF™ Campaign, providing sustainable employment and training opportunities to citizens in the greater Houston area living with a disability.
The WhatIF™ Campaign builds upon the question, “What if… unused electronic waste could create jobs for those living with disabilities?” It will focus around a 60-day campaign, beginning on September 15, 2012 and culminating on America Recycles Day on November 15, 2012, prompting corporations throughout Houston to host their own e-cycling drives or donate their own corporate and community e-waste with the goal of garnering 500,000 pounds of electronic waste in 60 days.more