Charleston-Based Entrepreneur Opens eWaste Recycling Super Center in Hickory, NC

EZ Computer Recycling Centers Sheds Light on Serious Nature of eWaste and Providing Easy Practices to Insure Safe Destruction and Assure Information Privacy

Every year, more than 240 tons of eWaste are discarded globally, with the United States contributing an average of 2.3 billion pounds. And while eWaste only represents a small two percent of America’s trash in landfills, it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. Bob LaBarge, co-founder and senior vice president of EZ Computer Recycling Centers (EZ), has set out to transform the way consumers, corporations and government think about disposing of unwanted electronics, providing a safe and secure eWaste recycling service. By taking the guesswork out of discarding old electronics, LaBarge has provided a solution which gives companies, government and consumers a way to insure safe destruction of eWaste and assures them that their personal information will be destroyed. 

“The statistics make it clear that eWaste is a serious global problem, and with the rapid growth rate of technology, it is one that is not going away anytime soon,” states LaBarge. “We are not offering another ‘green’ product, but rather a solution: eWaste recycling made easy. It is really that simple.”

For a small fee, a certificate of authentication is issued that insures all information stored on electronic devices has been safely destroyed, without negatively impacting landfills. Of the 240 million tons of eWaste estimated annually, only 10 percent are recycled or reused. Of that small percent, most eWaste is shipped to developing countries that are unknowledgeable about how to dispose of eWaste or the environmental impact it creates. EZ recycles all eWaste domestically, meeting local, state and federal government regulations for safe eWaste destruction, and is committed to educating the public about the importance of recycling eWaste safely and securely. 

EZ Computer Recycling Centers is located in the former Ciabola Manufacturing Co. warehouse near downtown Hickory, NC the building has undergone major renovations and will be operational by August 15, 2012. EZ looks to hire 35 full-time employees upon opening with plans to expand to 100 employees within the next year, as well as expand to locations nationwide in the next 18 months.

LaBarge came to Charleston in 2005 as executive creative director at Rawle Murdy. After leaving Rawle Murdy in 2010, he opened LaBarge+Partners, a creative agency that specializes in highly customized marketing strategies to fit individual client needs. LaBarge currently splits his time between Hickory and Charleston.

EZ Computer Recycling Centers, LLC - eWaste is Serious Waste. Recycle.™ EZ Computer Recycling Centers (EZ) are revolutionizing the way consumers dispose of unwanted electronics, providing safe and secure eWaste recycling locations nationwide. Encouraging the public to recycle old computers, cell phones, printers, electronic devices and phone systems, EZ helps make the Earth safe for generations to come. Founded in Hickory, North Carolina in 2012, EZ guarantees eWaste is recycled domestically and hard drives are permanently destroyed of all information. EZ is an SBA Women Owned Business and is working toward certifications from the Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2), U.S. General Services Administration, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). For more information on EZ Computer Recycling Centers’ eWaste services, call today at 1-855-WHY-EASY (1-855-949-3279) or visit the website, See just how easy it can be to properly dispose of eWaste, while protecting the environment at the same time. eWaste is Serious Waste. Recycle.™ 

EZ Computer Recycling Centers, LLC • Hickory, NC • 855-WHY-EASY •

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