Electronic Waste Recycling
E-Waste. Haworth is a partner with Comprenew, a non-profit organization that uses e-waste recycling as a resource for learning. Teamed with the Grand Rapids Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Comprenew provides after-school and summer work skills training programs that teach students how to repair and refurbish computers and electronic equipment for resale, as donations to other non-profit organizations or to process them for recycling.
Reuse and recycling prevents electronics waste—toxic metals and chemicals content—from contaminating landfills and posing a public health risk. E-waste was reduced during the renovation of corporate headquarters in Holland, Michigan, USA. The building features wireless communications via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This avoided over 407,000 feet of copper cabling and $200,000 in expenses. Members can move phones themselves whenever and wherever they need them.