Cox employees deliver over four tons of electronics waste to recycling event
Don’t think individual effort amounts to much in the world of recycling? Consider this: 53 Cox Las Vegas employees were responsible for contributing over 4 tons – or more precisely 8,511 pounds – of e-waste during the 3rd Annual Personal Electronics Recycling Event held by Cox Conserves on Sept 26, 2012!
One at a time, Cox employees made a huge statement about getting rid of e-waste in an environmentally safe way. So, here it is again by the numbers:
- 8,511 lbs of e-waste
- 186 lbs of cable and wiring
- 50 hard drives
- 37 desktop computers
- 28 printers/scanners
- 23 phones
- 7 laptop computers
- 7 TVs
- 2 blow dryers
- 1 vacuum cleaner
- 1 pocket PC
At 17 pallets – more than 900 cubic feet – of e-waste, the effort more than doubled last year’s effort amounting to eight pallets.
Taking part in the e-waste recycling effort was Florin Pacuraru, outside plant maintenance and a six-year employee at Cox Las Vegas. On his way to work, Pacuraru loaded up his bucket truck with a monitor, scanner, printer, some cell phones and various wires and cables for the Cox Conserves collection.
“I manage the recycling effort at home,” notes Pacuraru. “Recycling is important at work and at home, but especially at home since that’s where people generate the most trash. At our house, we fill up six recycling crates every two weeks.”
Thanks to The Blind Center of Nevada, who worked hand-in-hand with Cox Conserves and was on-site to sort, load and haul away the e-waste, the collected items are fixed, refurbished and sold or broken-down and environmentally recycled. Funds generated from the sale of refurbished items will benefit blind or visually impaired men and women in Southern Nevada.
Finally, you may have heard that the Apex landfill – that’s where all of the residential and commercial garbage in Clark County winds up – is the biggest landfill in the country. In fact, by continuing to recycle at work, Cox employees are helping to ensure that 74 percent of all materials are being diverted from the Apex landfill to reprocessing centers!
Cutline: A hubbub of recycling activity at the Sept. 26 e-waste event held by Cox Conserves where Florin Pacuraru, outside plant maintenance, is seen passing items from his bucket truck to Rachel Matthia and Christy Raivio (both from Cox Conserves) while Paul King, recycling manager with the Blind Center of Nevada, pushes a loaded pallet into the collection truck.