WESTFIELD - Plantrol Systems, a software manufacturer in Westfield, has become very conscious of a growing problem.
Plantrol's Curtis Czajka takes in computers and associated components for repair. As a result of this business, he noticed the ever-growing pile of electronic trash which was accumulating.
Electronics are becoming America's fastest-growing garbage problem. The EPA states the United States alone disposes of 3.2 million tons of electronic waste every year with the number rapidly growing. This e-waste takes up enormous amounts of landfill space.
Plantrol Systems has started recycling efforts.
Another big issue with this type of trash is that it contains toxic chemicals which are hazardous to humans as well as the environment. Chemicals such as lead oxide, mercury, cadmium, zinc and nickel can be found in many computers.
Czajka was aware almost all computer parts can be recycled and reused. As a result of his concern for the environment, he arranged for an electronics recycling company to come to Plantrol to pick up the very large load of discarded computers and parts. Plantrol employees were also invited to bring e-waste from home they wished to recycle.
This effort was met with such enthusiasm, Plantrol has decided to continue its recycling efforts on an ongoing basis. As a result of this initiative, Plantrol would like residents of the local area to know when they bring a computer in for service, they are welcome to bring any small electronics or computer items they wish to dispose of.
When computers are recycled, it gives other people a chance to use technology who otherwise may not have the opportunity. Many can be refurbished, helping the environment.