January 12, 2010 1:03 PM
Several self-storage companies around the country are beginning to offer electronic-waste, or e-waste, recycling centers on site for the convenience of their patrons. The most recent company to do so is A-American Self Storage, a privately-held self-storage company. A-American has more than 100 locations in five states, but it is going to start the e-waste recycling program with drop off sites at its eight Nevada locations, which are all in the Reno area. A-American is offering the e-waste recycling service in conjunction with Greenworks Environmental LLC. Greenworks is a green designer, builder, and land planning firm.
The public can drop end-of-life electronics off at the self-storage sites, where staff members will inventory them and handle them carefully. Most electronics and electronic components can be recycled there. For example, the e-waste recycling centers will accept computers, televisions, cell phones, cables, etc. Hard drives, however, are destroyed rather than recycled, for customer security reasons. A-American does not want to be responsible if a recycled hard drive falls into the wrong hands and provides someone unscrupulous with information that he or she should not have. There is no charge to drop off e-waste. All eight facilities are open seven days a week, and all recycling is done in an environmentally responsible way, so that no hazardous substances, such as mercury or lead, are leached into the ground or the groundwater. [More]