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Conserve H2O at work - one bottle at a time!

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 25, 2016

 

.As a business we go through much resources than a typical home. We also understand that we can have a huge impact, positively, on our environment by simply conserving or using less of those resources.

At our newest facility located in Memphis, hot and humid is the norm. Making sure our staff is drinking plenty of water is a must. When installing our company ‘watering holes’ we reflected on what we’ve done in the past and how we could improve upon it.

 

Previously we would got through bottles of water like crazy! Or we would have coolers that took staff forever to fill their own water bottles. We wanted to find something that would make conserving water fun for the team while being easy and efficient.

 

We ended up finding a company by the name of Elkay Manufacturing Company, and it provides some terrific water station ideas for the workplace. They have a ton of options, they’re ‘Quick. Clean. Green.’!

For us, the ‘Bottle Saved’ that displays on our drinking station is more than rewarding. We can all see the impact we are having on a daily basis by reusing our water bottles.

 

Ideas like this validate our responsibility to our environment. It become more of a game than what some feel is a chore. Brainstorm ideas in your own teams to discover fun initiatives that allow you and your company to Reuse, Reduce & Recycle!

 


 

 

ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.



Testing Electronics

Emily Boser - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 

Testing inbound product is imperative and key, but we have fun doing it!


 


E-waste Facts - Did you know?

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 18, 2016

 

 

There seems to be a desensitization to e-waste or the understanding of it’s impact, and that could be because it is such a prevalent topic in this technology age. Just like any hot topic, sometimes it’s sobering to here some of the point blank facts about the subject at hand.

 

Earth 911 put together a great article in February of 2016, that lays out some of those facts. Included below are a few of them that may get you thinking about e-waste and recycling in new ways!

 

  1. 1. The United States produces more e-waste annually than any other country. The amount of electronics that Americans throw away every year? 9.4 million tons.
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  3. 2. Only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled, according to the EPA.
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  5. 3. Old television sets as well as CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors contain approximately 4-8 pounds of lead, a neurotoxin. Improper disposal means this toxic substance can leach into the ground.
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  7. 4. Not all e-waste recyclers are the same. There are safer ways to recycle e-waste, and then there are companies that simply export the waste to developing countries. Rather than monitoring the recycling of the e-waste for health and human safety standards in these developing countries, many businesses simply have residents disassemble waste and use scrap metal, exposing the workers to toxic materials. Look for an e-waste recycling company that has been vetted through e-stewards.org.
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  9. 5. There are more mobile phones in existence than there are number of people living on Earth.
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  11. 6. The UN University estimates that global e-waste volumes could increase by as much as 33% between 2013-2017.
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Click here to read additional e-waste facts from Earth 911...




 

ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.

 

 


Lean Summit

Emily Boser - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

 

 

Some of our leaders hanging out with @fastcapllc owner, @paulakerslean and soaking

up as much knowledge as possible at the Lean Summit in Colorado!

 

 


 


Electronic Power Solutions - When the Lights go out!

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 11, 2016

 

 

Whether it was recent or some time in the distant past, we’ve all dealt with a power outage. If not, count yourself lucky! These outages can go for minutes or days but either way it’s nice to have a solution in your back pocket for times like this.

 

In today’s world back up batteries are used in all sort of applications. Businesses especially put forth the efforts to ensure that if there were any sort of power loss, business could continue with out a hitch. This is more evident in places like data centers, who rely on a constant flow of power pulsing through their buildings. If they were to loose power with out a back up power solution, it would effect anyone and everyone that stored any kind of data with that company!

For home and small office’s there are several viable options when it comes to back up power.

 

1. UPS’s

UPS’s (Uninterrupted Power Supply) are one of the most common options of power alternative when your main supply is m.i.a. While depending on the unit, the majority of UPS’s only offer a few extra minutes of power. However, those minutes can be critical and provides the much needed time to save what’s needed on computers or other devices before shutting down.

 

2. Generators

These are more viable options for those wanting hours of power should the lights go out. They can be gas powered or solar powered and produce enough power to run quite a few items. You can find generators handy in several situations but typically see them in motorhomes and trailers, allowing for off-grid living for periods of time.

 

3. Portable Battery Packs

These devices must be pre-charged, but will provide enough power to recharge your mobile devices fully 1-3 times depending on the variables. While they won’t be all that useful for larger devices or appliances, they definitely come in handy to keep a cell phone charged in order to make and receive calls.

 

Not matter your situation, home or office, it’s a good idea to take a look at the options. Better to be prepared than risk loosing valuable information on a computer system, or not having the ability to stay connected. An awesome solution to purchasing these items new, is to find an authorized refurbisher that can provide them at a deeper discount while maintaining the reliability you want!

 
 

ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.

 


Lean Team Cleaning!

Emily Boser - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

 

 

Team cleaning ER2 style! We gathered the troops and took to cleaning our warehouse!


Recycling Batteries - What Really Happens?

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 04, 2016

 


 

Recycling is more relevant than ever. In general we are making better and better decisions as humanity to intentionally recycle what we can. However, it's always interesting to know how things are recycled.

 

In this instance let's look at batteries. What actually happens to them once we've used them up? How are they recycled? Is it different depending on the battery? Let’s take a look at a few different types...

 

Alkaline

Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, etc.) are recycled 100%. The recycling process separates them into 3 different products that are reintroduced in to the market place for reuse.

 

Lead Acid

These batteries are broken into plastics, lead and sulfuric acid. The plastics are melted and put through an extruder that produces small plastic pellets for reuse. The lead parts are cleaned and heated inside a smelting furnace where impurities separate and float to the top. What’s left is can be re-melted and reused in new batteries. Sulfuric Acid is neutralized and turned into water which is then treated, cleaned and tested to ensure it meets clean water Standards.

 

Lithium Ion

Commonly known as the batteries you find in a laptop or cellphone, lithium ion batteries are 100% recycled. The plastics and metal components are separated and the metals are then heated in order to segregate the different materials. i.e. nickel, iron, manganese, and chromium)

 

These are just a few of the battery types we come in contact with on a regular basis. Understanding the components and what happens during the recycling process helps us comprehend the impact that we have when we choose to recycle!

 

Source: Battery Solutions


ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.


 


Team Pride

Emily Boser - Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Company pride at it's best! Steven always with a smile on his face and eager to represent!!



2 Second Lean; Bringing it Home

Emily Boser - Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

 


As a growing business with one or two facilities you learn and pull concepts or principles from other companies that inspire you. You figure out what works and what doesn’t work, developing the culture as you go.

 

Larger companies like an Apple for example, have a main campus that serves as a corporate headquarter, training center and really an inspirational masterpiece for the rest of the company. It’s a place to recapture the essence of what makes the company great.

 

What’s really neat is being able to learn or adopt a concept from another company and then eventually visiting or touring their facility to immerse yourself in the experience.

 

This is exactly what we were able to do this past week. As part of our culture we’ve adopted a Lean Mentality. We strive to continuously improve, make changes and develop ourselves. We’ve used FastCap LLC as our guiding force and have taken the ideals that they live and breath daily, to develop our own journey at ER2.

 

A few of the leadership team headed up to Bellingham, WA and participated in a tour of the FastCap facility. There we were, standing in the middle of a company we have learned so much from, immersed in an extreme lean environment. Everywhere we looked, lean thinking was implemented, every person we talked to had lean concepts flowing through them. This was the Disneyland of Lean to us!

 

With the understanding that what works for one may not work for another, we were able to put together a list of take-aways, we recognized, that could make us and our team even better.

 

Bringing the excitement of Lean home to our facility has laid the groundwork for us to take the next steps of our Lean Journey, and we are thrilled for whatever comes next!

 

 


ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.


 


 

 


Your skills can make a difference!

Emily Boser - Thursday, July 21, 2016

 


Getting to know your team is vital to the culture and comradery of a business. Everyone has different talents and passions, it’s what make us all unique.

One of our Team Members, Steve, loves photography, especially nature photography, specifically birds. He spends well invested time waiting for the perfect moment to photograph these amazing creatures.

 

However, Steve does not just take these photos for his own pleasure, he’s made it a priority to find way to use his photographs to help others. Over past years, Steve has partnered with the Down Syndrome Network to donate some of his best work to their silent auctions. All the proceeds from the auction goes to the ongoing education, support and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome.

 

The most recent donation he made was a company favorite of a fuzzy little duckling!

 

“I am super proud to have my work featured in the Down Syndrome Charity auction.” Steve said. “This will be the third year that I have participated in the auction as a contributing artist. It’s nice to be able to share my photography with others and help out a great cause all at the same time. DSNetworkaz.org is a great organization and this year we were proud to donate close to $30,000.00 to the Down Syndrome Network.”

 

For us at ER2, this is something we choose to encourage our team in. We want them to grow in their passions and continuously improve their skills.

We are so proud to have a wonderful group of people working together to make a positive impact on our communities!

 

For more information about the Down Syndrome Network check out the links below…

 

Charity Auction Information

DSNetwork Information




ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.

 



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