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TYPROS @ Video Revolution 10-21-17

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING FUNDRAISER

COLLECTION EVENT

HOSTED BY:

WHO

Any individual or organization with unwanted electronics

WHEN

Saturday October 21st, 2017
10AM to 2PM

WHERE

Video Revolution

7030 S Lewis Ave,

Tulsa, OK 74136

WHAT

Any unwanted electronic devices including computers,printers, phones, office equipment , LCD monitors, etc. (*excluding CRT ‘tube’ style TVs & Monitors)

WHY

Unwanted electronics release toxins into the environment when throw in the trash. The revenue generated from properly recycling your unwanted electronics will be used to fund the Typros Foundation’s mission.

*CRT style TVs and monitors cost money to recycle. Since this is a fundraiser, that would be working against that purpose.  Those items can be recycled through The Met, and Electronic Synergy Foundation. Contact them for information on locations, hours and fees associated with these items.

VIdeo Revolution will recycle your old television with the purchase of a new one.

Data destruction and environmentally responsible disposal of material will be handled through 501tech.net, Electronic Synergy Foundation and our R2/E-steward partners.

Synergy is everyone working together for the common good!

Bixby eWaste Collection Event June 18-20th

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 10982825_1017897224889903_1886075716607906153_n (1)ESF held this event in Bixby on June 18th through 20th

Our first day was visited by Tropical Storm Bill, who dumped rain on us all day.

We filled up the 24 foot rental truck., this got us enough material for our next shipment to Dallas, which is scheduled to go out Friday June 26th.

IRS Database Update

http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/pub78Search.do?ein1=47-1034524&names=&city=&state=All…&country=US&deductibility=all&dispatchMethod=searchCharities&submitName=Search

See there it is, the IRS now confirms we are a 501C3 organization and that donations are tax deductible.  We’ve actually been that way for 6 months, but it’s nice to have confirmation available.

Now we have to kick our fundraising and marketing efforts into high gear, else we’re likely to end up bankrupt and without a warehouse in the near future.

Gee thanks, NOT!

It has come to our attention that the IRS never updated their business  masterfile in regards to Electronic Synergy Foundation’s 501C3 Charitable Status. This has caused us a great deal of difficulty, especially in holding conversations with potential donors.

We have contacted the IRS and the problem has been resolved. Sometime in late June/Early July, the IRS will release a new database and our confirmation status will propagate to other databases.

 

ESF eWaste Dumpster Diversion @ Owasso Free Disposal Day

Saturday April 25th, 2015          10 AM to 2 PM

The city of Owasso holds this disposal day for their citizens. Provided are dumpsters where you can disposa of your unwanted stuff.. ESF was there to make sure that no ewaste made it into the dumpster.

As a result of our collection efforts, 3732 pounds of eWaste were diverted from the landfills.


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On an interesting side note, i’m not sure why we ended up with this many vacuums, but they too can be recycled.

Our First Shipment

On March 25th ESF loaded 19,000 pounds of ewaste onto a truck headed to a R2 facility in Dallas Texas.

This material was collected mostly from our Broken Arrow and Jenks collection events.

We are working on our April collection event, more details will be announced once they are finalized. IMG_3984 IMG_3965 IMG_3967 IMG_3970 IMG_3971 IMG_3977 IMG_3983

A Busy Month

A lot has occurred since the last blog entry.

The subsidized disposal program we were trying to get involved with  got reinstated, but at a lower pay-out  rate.  While it’s still the best disposal option for CRTs, the new price structure barely covers the cost of the packaging material (pallets. gaylords, shrinkwrap) to prepare the stuff for shipment.

Thanks to the collections from our Jenks event, we will be sending out our first truckload truckload of material for recycling.

Fox23 Came out and shot this footage:

http://www.fox23.com/news/news/local/tulsa-group-wants-your-old-electronics/nkXSs/ 

We started another Indiegogo campaign.    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-esf-recycle-1-million-pounds-of-ewaste

We are increasing our efforts to find other non-profit organizations that would benefit from some of the electronics we collect.

There’s more stuff in the works, once it happens it’ll get posted here.

Stepping Up and Our Next Collection Event

The subsidized CRT disposal program we intended to participate in has been suspended.

After much consideration it was decided that ESF will still NOT charge recycling fees. We consider recycling fees to be a barrier to recycling and would rather pay the recycling fees ourselves then see that CRT go in the trash.  We will gladly accept donations, and seek out subsidized disposal programs to help offset recycling costs, but at the end of the day, if someone has to pay to make them go away, we’re gonna step up and do it.

This is the press release for our next collection event:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Electronic Synergy Foundation
www.electronicsynergy.org

Contact:
Scott Metzger, Executive Director
scott@electronicsynergy.org
facebook.com/ESFTulsa
(918) 951-3902

February 16th, 2015 Tulsa Oklahoma

Electronic Synergy Foundation is holding a free electronic recycling event in Broken Arrow.
At the Family Aquatic Center ( Central Park Pool) 1400 S. Main Street, Broken Arrow, OK 74012

This event will be held Sunday, February 22nd though Tuesday, February 24th, from 10 AM to Sundown (aprox 6:30)

Electronic Synergy Foundation is a non-profit electronic recycler whose mission is to leverage the recycling of electronics for the community benefits of environmental stewardship, economic development, and charitable works.

ESF sorts the material it receives into three categories. Reusable, Recyclable and Liability Disposal.

Reusable items are refurbished (data destruction + repairs) and sent for re-use through donation or resale.

Recyclable items are processed for their material content and recycled into new products.

“Liability disposal items are usually monitors, but may be any material where the recycling costs exceeds the value of the material produced.” states Scott Metzger, president of ESF, “No electronics should be disposed of in the trash (many laws agree with this). CRT monitors (TVs, old style monitors) are 20% Lead, and flat screens contain Mercury vapor in fragile tubes. ESF insures these items are disposed of properly.”

ESF does not charge “recycling fees” for monitors, instead ESF looks to offset the recycling costs for liability disposal items through revenue generated from it’s operations, donor support, and subsidized disposal programs. We consider the costs in keeping these monitors out of the trash as part of our mission of environmental stewardship.

Electronics to be recycled include but are not limited to: computers, cell phones, laptops, video game consoles, DVD/VCR players, televisions, monitors, and printers in any age or condition.
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New Warehouse, New Disposal Options

Yesterday we completed moving in to our new processing facility.

It’s tucked away in the north west corner of Tulsa. We will announce it’s location in the near future.  For the next week or so , we will be working to get it ready for the public.

In other good news, it looks like we will have a  subsidized disposal channel for televisions. This means we can recycle them without charging fees.

Our Synergy is growing!