Electronics Recycling A Partnership
Selecting a Partner • The process began in August of 2001. • A request for letters of interest from non-profits was advertised. • A Selection Negotiation Committee was formed to short list applicants. • Presentations were made and one firm was selected. • Negotiations were completed and a contract was signed with a January 2002 start date.
The collection program began January 5, 2002 at both the north and south trash transfer stations, which already serve as drop-off sites for residential household hazardous waste every Saturday. Each Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., residents may drop off electronics free of charge, with proof of residency.
Newspaper and radio advertising were developed.
A four page brochure explaining the program, hours of operation and locations was developed and distributed countywide.
An ARC Broward collection truck is in place at the drop-off sites each Saturday for collection of electronics materials.
All residents dropping off electronics were required to fill out a survey form with assistance from ARC.
At the end of the day, collected electronics are taken back to ARC Broward’s facility for processing.
ARC Broward also provides pick up service to some government offices, as well as small businesses.
Collected materials, arriving at the facility, are brought to the receiving area, weighed and prepared for demanufacturing.
The “Crew” is hard at work opening machines to begin the demanufacturing process.
The warehouse area keeps a stockpile of electronics for ARC “crews” to work on.
During the first nine months of operation, the program collected 239,355 pounds of electronics. • Following are some charts depicting collections and participation.
“Why did you bring your electronics?” • People were more concerned with safe and convenient handling of their electronics rather than just a “Free” program.
Who should pay for electronics recycling? • Government vs. Manufacturers