Atlantic just sent 17 pallets of electronic waste to a recycling facility. That’s 7,749 pounds of waste that will be given a new life instead of sitting in a landfill!
Every employee at a company has a unique perspective, and when they’re presented with inspiration their great ideas come to life. Two years ago, Nate Huot began collecting old hardware laying around Atlantic’s facilities. This process gradually grew into a popular, new program at Atlantic.
Old computers, copiers, monitors, battery backups, and a variety of other products have been collected from our locations in Acworth, Dalton, Greensboro, Tabor City, Wilmington, and Sturgis. These used devices would have ended up in a landfill if it wasn’t for the E-Waste Recycling Program.
E-waste is full of valuable rare earth elements (REE’s) and toxic minerals. If these materials are not disposed of properly, they can pollute the environment.
“With our truly amazing growth rate, whether it be new facilities, products, and/or services, a new problem that’s near and dear to my heart became apparent,” Nate said. “Where in the world can I send the e-waste (old copiers, battery backups, computers) in the Tabor City area? This was my opportunity to take the initiative, and as fate would have it, a gentlemen dropped his card off for a small mom and pop operation called See Recycling that could recover REE’s, which are products of destructive mining but make the fancy phone in your pocket work. The other primary concern I had were the toxic minerals such as lead and mercury, that if not properly processed will eventually end up in watersheds.”
Nate has worked hard to get this program to where it is today and now Zac Soles, Tabor City Printing & Graphics’ Sustainability Expert, is assisting in managing the program too.
Sustainability opportunities are all around us. Once you see them, you can’t un-see them. Our IT team, partners, and suppliers of equipment are excited to expand and grow the E-Waste Recycling program over the years to come.
The next collection is already under way, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
Reach out to Nate, Nateh@atlanticpkg.com, or Zac, Zacharys@atlanticpkg.com, if you have questions about the E-Waste Recycling Program or if you want to donate e-waste from your facility or home.