Electronic waste MUST be recycled, otherwise it ends up in the trash and the hazardous materials inside different components end up in the environment.
Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is the location of one of the worst E-waste dumpsites in the world.
An electronic recycling company named Gizmogul has built their business model centered on recycling these E-wastes responsibly and easily.
Gizmogul was started in 2013 by three brothers from Boston, Mass. (Cory, 23, Barry, 29, Stephen, 32). They wanted to create a niche electronic recycling business that spoke to their generation. Gizmogul is a “cool” recycling company with a philanthropic attitude. They pay people fairly for their material while making a positive impact on the community.
Gizmogul has teamed up with African Outreach to help fund a primary school in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, and provide the school with educational tools and programming, economic support for the teachers, and building a library and computer lab there.
All donated electronics will be recycled responsibly by Gizmogul. Devices that can be refurbished will be reintroduced into the secondary market; electronics that are damaged beyond repair will be properly recycled through a certified R2 program.
So far, they’ve properly recycled 134,200 electronic components to date, but there’s still a long way to go.
The brothers says they pay more than 2-3 times (200-300%) for recyclable consumer electronics than any of their competitors. That is because their business has grown organically without having to spend millions of dollars in marketing and branding, allowing them to pass along savings directly to the consumer.
Electronic waste MUST be recycled, otherwise it ends up in the trash and the hazardous materials inside different components end up in the environment. And if it is recycled, it should be done so with the utmost care and concern.
The amazing thing is, everything has value. And Gizmogul collects it all. They not only purchase cellular phones, but computers, computer components, tablets, cables, televisions, LCD’s, gaming devices, and most everything electronic you can think of.
If you’d like to donate your electronics and ensure they are recycled properly– and not shipped overseas to a hazardous dumpsite– fill out the Gizmogul form for a free FedEx shipping label to send them your devices.
You don’t even have to leave the house:
Fill out the easy form.
Receive your free FedEx shipping label.
Drop off your package at any FedEx location.
And it’s done.
by Skippy Massey
This post originally appeared at the Humboldt Sentinel. Reprinted with permission.