COLORADO E-WASTE LAW
The Colorado Electronic Recycling Jobs Act bans businesses and residents from disposing of electronics in landfills after July 1, 2013. That means all televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, stereos, monitors and other electronic devices must now be recycled. This law was developed to create new Colorado jobs and to keep hazardous waste out of landfills.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety recommended Schaefer publicly in news articles as the place to bring your electronics in Greeley.
SEI’s Recycling and Baling Center
Located on 8th Ave. in Greeley, Colorado has been up and running since July 1, 2012. The amount of electronics that we have recycled during this past year is up to 2 million pounds. On an average day, we receive and collect electronics from at least 25 new or return customers. If customers can’t come to us, we will go and pick up their electronics. Currently, we complete at least 4 to 5 pick-ups a day.
SEI’s Recycling and Baling Center offers employment opportunities to all members of the Northern Colorado community. We also partner with Schaefer Enterprises, Inc. to also provide jobs to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to recycling electronics at the center, we also bale paper and cardboard and send them to certified recycling centers to be processed and put back into the environment. Everyone who works at the center learns valuable work skills and are able to earn a competitive wage!
Everything that is brought to us for recycling is disassembled down to the smallest piece. All of the raw materials are then sent to certified recycling plants to be further broken down and used in the manufacturing of new electronic products. Schaefer walks the talk when it comes to cleaning up our environment.
Business Helping Business
When you partner with Schaefer and our recycling and baling center, you are helping us to provide competitive jobs to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many of the people we serve dream of having competitive jobs in the Greeley community, and our recycling center creates opportunities for them to reach their goals and dreams! If you live in Northern Colorado and have electronic recycling needs, please consider using our partner business - SEI’s Recycling and Baling Center!
Did You Know?
Schaefer Enterprises owns and operates an electronic recycling business in Greeley, CO! We are dedicated to helping clean up our environment so that our future will be healthier and safer!
SEI's Recycling And Baling Center:
E-Cycling - The Concept, Development & Growth
Schaefer Enterprises, Inc. owns and operates an electronic recycling business in Greeley, Colorado! We are dedicated to helping clean up our environment so that our future will be healthier and safer!
Our electronic recycling business began in 2006. At that time, it was a small contract that was developed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn work skills while also learning a pay check. Throughout the years, we continued to learn and implement all Department of Health regulations to make sure that we kept everyone working with electronics safe and to ensure that the electronics were recycled in a way that would protect our environment.
On July 1, 2013, Colorado passed a new e-waste law that prohibited residents and businesses from throwing their electronics away and polluting our landfills. That is when SEI’s Recycling and Baling Center became a reality. Now that everyone had to recycle their electronics, we began seeing over one million pounds of electronics each year. We reached out to the Northern Colorado community to partner with us in an effort to keep our environment safe from the poisons that are contained within the electronic equipment.
Schaefer new this new law was coming and in preparation for it, we partnered with a new business - SEI’s Recycling and Baling Center. Our little recycling business moved from Schaefer’s main building, to a new site in the heart of Greeley!
Why Recycle Your
Old Electronic Equipment?
Yes, it is now against the law to throw your electronics away, but there are more important reasons to recycle. These include:
- Recycle valuable metals and components that can be used again in other manufacturing processes
- Keep the hazardous chemicals used to make electronic equipment such as mercury, barium and cadmium from polluting the water and air resources.
- Help stop the fastest growing hazardous waste (electronic waste) from threatening human health and the environment.
- It helps to save space in landfills and as you know this is a huge problem right now.
Worried About Your Data?
You don’t need to be! Our consumers remove the hard drive from desktops, tablets, or laptops. We destroy each hard drive one at a time. Our workers with disABILITIES use an old fashioned drill bolted on to a table and drill holes from one side to the other. Typically, the hard drive has five to six holes drilled into it before it goes through quality assurance processes to ensure the job was done correctly. By drilling holes in this manner, you can be 100% sure that your data is destroyed. This might sound like an antiquated way to destroy the hard drives, but our employees enjoy this part of the recycling process and they work hard to ensure that the job is done correctly each and every time. If you would like a certificate of hard drive destruction, just ask and we will send one to you!
Additionally, every employee at Schaefer & The Recycling/Baling Center is bonded and specific policies and procedures are in place that any electronics brought into the building can not be taken out or turned on under any circumstances. Once we have the electronics, they must stay in the building and in accordance with rules and regulations they are disassembled within 30 days.
**Bring your electronics to our collection center located on the premises of Schaefer Enterprises, Inc. 500 26th Street, Greeley, Co. Our collection center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For a full list of what we recycle, please see our FAQ section. We do have to charge fees for some of our items and these are listed on the FAQ page as well.