BizStream Recycling Event Collects Nearly 3,000 Pounds of Out-Dated Technology

At BizStream, our world revolves around keeping up with the wants and desires of our clients’ ever-changing virtual worlds. Staying a step ahead of those demands means our need for newer and better technology is constant.

BizStream recycles nearly 3,000 pounds of old technologyIn our industry, we have a tendency to forget about what we may be leaving behind as we keep pace with technology. For us at BizStream, what we’re leaving behind is a mountain of out-dated computers, printers, servers, cables, and more.

Internally, we work to instill a fit, healthy, and socially responsible lifestyle in all of our team members, and that includes recycling whenever possible. We currently have an internal recycling program that takes care of our cans, bottles, cardboard, and whatever else can be recycled. Most times, our recycling bin is overflowing well before the pick-up date.

But, we can’t just toss our disused laptops and monitors into the same recycle bin we throw our cardboard in. A little research turned up Michigan’s own Comprenew, the only registered, non-profit e-waste recycler in the state. Comprenew adheres to a strict zero-landfill policy for all electronic waste, and does not export hazardous materials to other countries.

In October, BizStream sponsored a week-long event where we invited our team and the community to drop off unwanted computer equipment and electronics for pick-up by Comprenew.  

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but here the picture doesn’t do justice when compared to the numbers. Included in that pile are:

  • 22+ monitor stands
  • 5+ servers
  • 15+ printers
  • 6+ tv’s
  • 19+ computer monitors
  • 1 microwave
  • 3 coffee makers
  • 4+ battery backups
  • assorted cables
  • 33+ desktop computers
  • 5+ laptops
  • 1 iRobot Roomba (one of our co-owners may have shed a tear seeing this one go)
  • 1 countertop grill
  • batteries of all sizes
  • 1 paper shredder
  • 15+ keyboards
  • 6+ a/v type equipment
  • 2 projectors
  • 3+ speaker sets

All of these items came to a total of 2,716 pounds of electronics!

We’re so happy to keep our old technology out of our landfills, and to help our community members do the same. In fact, because the event was more successful than anticipated, we’ve decided to make this a regular community event.

With that said, make sure you connect with BizStream on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn so you can be in the know about future recycling events as well as other BizStream happenings.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible, and we hope to see you the next time around!

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Josh hails from the early days of BizStream. Josh was brought back to drive developers crazy with endless screen captures and loads of constructive criticism. When he's not finding software bugs, you will most likely find him running around, making sure our building is in prime condition. Outside of work, Josh can be found, exploring the Grand Rapids scene with his wife, Rori. He also enjoys backpacking, restoring estate pipes, practicing surfing, and finessing his mountaineering skills.

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