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Vermont Electronics Recycler expands

first_imgGood Point Recycling of Middlebury, Vermont, has announced the recycling of its ten millionth pound of electronics. While other states debate, legislate, and ponder the safe management of used computer and TVs, Good Point has quietly established Vermont as the second highest per-capita recycler of electronics in the nation.After holding several one-day events for used electronics collections in Vermont (under the American Retroworks Inc. banner, www.retroworks.com(link is external)) beginning in 1999, Good Point contracted as an official collection agent in 2001 for ElectroniCycle, Inc. – the official Cathode Ray Tube glass recycler for Massachusetts and Maine. After its reuse-and-recycle model spread to every part of Vermont, Good Point opened its own independent operation in 2003. Through continued expansion, the company now employs 10 in Addison County, Vermont, and collects in a 300 mile radius. Good Point still delivers over 1 million pounds per year of used electronics to the Massachusetts DEP recycling contractor, while expanding its on-line reuse and scrap metal operations in Middlebury. But the company also receives over 10,000 parts requests per month through its international, online, parts listserve. The company documents hard drive destruction for commerical clients, an environmental audit trail, and documents recycling of lead glass (banned from disposal in waste facilities) into new TV and monitor tubes.Robin Ingenthron, founder of Good Point Recycling and American Retroworks Inc., attributes success to “common sense” management of used computers and TVs. “Some states, like California, require recyclers to destroy everything, and it costs 68 cents per pound. Other recyclers don’t recycle at all, but dump everything overseas, for ‘free’. We have charged a modest fee – like the toll at the Washington bridge, abd reuse the good parts to subsidize proper domestic recycling of the bad parts.” Ingenthron has been hired as a consultant to EPA (Washington), Dell Computer (Texas), Chinas EPA, and the National Recycling Coalition. Ingenthron hopes a new patent for computer gold recycling will propel the company farther, while creating a stronger domestic market for “e-waste”.Good Point Recycling operates a job training program with the Addison County Employment Services, to help train under-employed Vermonters to repair, recycle, or re-sell electronics on-line.In 2004, Good Point Recycling helped launch the international trade association WR3A (World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association), with corporate members in several states and countries, dedicated to legitimate trade in reuse items without sending ‘toxics along for the ride’. Visit www.wr3a.org(link is external) for more information about environmentally sound, and economically fair, recycling trade worldwide.For more information about electronics recycling in Vermont, visit www.good-point.net(link is external) or www.retroworks.com(link is external)last_img read more

Addison Chamber, Efficiency Vermont announce new program to help small businesses save energy (money!)

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is teaming up with Efficiency Vermont to implement its new Business Energy Ambassadors program. Under this program, trained volunteers will conduct free on-site business energy visits to identify opportunities for helping small businesses save energy (and money!). The primary focus is on lighting, which can also increase the appeal of retail and office spaces to customers and clients. ACCOC will work with businesses that can benefit from the limited-time and enhanced financial incentives currently being offered by Efficiency Vermont.‘Efficiency Vermont is offering significant rebates right now for replacing inefficient lighting and other equipment, and we want to make sure that Vermont’s small businesses take full advantage of this program,’ said Bill Bowman, Director, Customer Support & Development at Efficiency Vermont. ‘For example, under our newLIGHT program, Efficiency Vermont will cover a significant portion of the equipment cost for replacing inefficient T12 fluorescent lighting.’T12 fluorescent lamps are common in many businesses throughout Vermont. They are usually 4- or 8-foot long tubes mounted horizontally in a ceiling fixture and are always 1½ inches in diameter.Under the Business Energy Ambassador program, volunteers will also provide information to businesses and property owners on other steps they can take to pursue energy saving opportunities and how to access Efficiency Vermont’s rebates. Business energy visits are free-of-charge and last approximately 1 to 1½ hours. Businesses are encouraged to preview Efficiency Vermont’s special rebates listed on the commercial incentives page at www.efficiencyvermont.org(link is external).‘In today’s economy, small businesses really have to look for savings wherever they can find them,’ said Andy Mayer, president, ACCOC. ‘We are pleased to be able to co-sponsor this program with Efficiency Vermont to help our members and other small businesses in our region save energy and money.’Addison County businesses can receive additional $100 matching grant coupons as further incentive for small businesses to make efficiency improvements. These matching grants are made possible by theAddison County Green Fund which was founded with proceeds from the 2010 Addison County Energy Expo. This is an additional incentive not available in other parts of the state in which Efficiency Vermont has partnered with Chambers of Commerce to introduce the Business Energy Ambassador program to local businesses.An informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association’s training room, 55 Collins Drive, Middlebury. Representatives from Efficiency Vermont and Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op will provide more details on how the program will work and benefit local businesses.If you are a small business and interested in having a business energy visit scheduled, or you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact: Sue Hoxie at 388-7951 x2 or sue@addisoncounty.com(link sends e-mail). Source: Middlebury, Vermont ‘ September 21, 2010 ‘ The Addison County Chamber of CommerceAbout Addison County Chamber of CommerceThe Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com(link is external).About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).###last_img read more

Federal disaster funds released to Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille Counties

first_imgSenators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday that the counties of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille will receive federal disaster funds in response to damage caused by severe storms in early December.The funds were triggered for release by a disaster declaration issued today by President Obama. The delegation wrote the President in the aftermath of the storm asking for this declaration, arguing that the scope of the damage was such that it merited federal assistance. The storm, which included winds of up to ninety miles per hour, caused severe damage to buildings, property and infrastructure and left nearly 40,000 Vermont homes and business without power. You can read the letter the delegation sent to President Obama here.The disaster declaration will provide funds to assist with emergency work and the repair of disaster-damaged facilities. These funds will be available to Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties, which were hit hardest by the storm. Additionally, all Vermont counties will be eligible for disaster mitigation grants, which provide assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.‘We’re happy the President made this declaration that will provide much needed help to struggling Vermonters,’ the delegation said in a statement. ‘Vermonters are no strangers to severe weather and know well how to come together and rebuild after such incidents. We look forward to working with state and federal agencies to ensure these funds are well spent and get to those who need them.’The Vermont Division of Emergency Management will coordinate the relief efforts.  Source: Leahy’s office. 12.22.2010last_img read more