Sat. October 21: Snappy Salads to Host E-waste Recycling Event | Event expected to bring grand total to 50 tons

Clean out your attic, garage, closet and junk drawer! Snappy Salads, a popular eco-friendly salad restaurant, will hold an electronic recycling roundup on Saturday, October 21. Snappy Salads offers this service free to the public twice a year.

 

“Snappy Salads is deeply committed to limiting any negative impact we have on the environment,” said Chris Dahlander, founder and CEO of Snappy Salads. “Our last roundup collected more than 19,000 pounds of electronic waste to be repurposed into a new life. We anticipate October’s event will bring the grand total collected since we began the program in 2013 to more than 50 tons!”

 

Anything with an on/off switch including computers, cell phones, televisions, stereos, copiers, gaming systems, calculators, lamps, and flashlights, as well as small appliances and batteries, may be dropped off at the following Snappy Salads’ locations during the times listed:

 

            9 a.m. to 12 p.m. –

    • 5915 Forest Lane in Dallas
    • 4940 State Highway 121 in Lewisville
    • 6550 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving
    • 5941 Greenville Ave. in Dallas
    • 5930 W. Park Blvd. in Plano
    • 1664 S. University Drive in Fort Worth

 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. –

  • 5588 State Highway 121 in Plano
  • 320 W. Campbell in Richardson
  • 14902 Preston Rd. in Dallas
  • 2175 E. Southlake Blvd. in Southlake
  • 5252 Main Street in Frisco
  • 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Ft. Worth

 

More than 80% of e-waste is trashed in landfills and incinerators where it can contaminate our air, water and land. The dismantling and recycling of electronic products promotes the conservation of natural resources and minimizes pollution.

 

Snappy Salads has partnered with Recycle Revolution, a Dallas-based company, to coordinate the recycling of collected items using the e-Stewards certification program (http://www.e-stewards.org/certification-overview/).

 

About Snappy Salads

Snappy Salads opened its first eco-friendly restaurant in 2006 and has become the standard for high-quality salads served quickly in an environmentally friendly manner. Snappy Salads earned the first Green Business Certification from the City of Plano, Texas in 2013.

 

Snappy Salads is committed to limiting the negative impact the restaurant makes on the environment through myriad ways. Salad containers and beverage cups are made from renewable resources; salvaged materials are used for chairs and tables; CFLs and batteries can be recycled every day at all locations. Snappy Salads has 15 locations throughout Texas. More information is available at www.snappysalads.com.

So good, even guys like our salads. ®

 

Thanks a Ton.  Well, really more like 50.

 

When Snappy Salads opened in 2006, it became the first eco-friendly restaurant in Dallas and set a precedent for the restaurant industry by voluntarily committing to limiting the negative impact it would have on the environment. This ethos reaches every corner of Snappy Salads as evidenced by furniture made with salvaged wood, countertops made from recycled materials, energy-efficient lighting, biodegradable cups and utensils, and food from sources that utilize sustainable growing methods.

 

However, it is Snappy Salads’ E-waste Recycling Round-Up that has had the biggest impact. The first Round-Up in 2013 collected more than two tons of e-waste (electronic waste). It was such a success that Snappy Salads now hosts two Round-ups every year at all locations. The October 21, 2017 event is expected to bring the total e-waste collected so far to more than 50 tons!

 

“It’s our mission to leave this world healthier than the way we found it. We accomplish this by providing our guests with healthy dining alternatives, but we’re also taking another step and helping divert toxic waste from entering our food and water supply,” said Chris Dahlander, CEO of Snappy Salads.  “We’re proud to offer this benefit free to our guests.”

 

E-waste consists of unwanted smartphones, televisions, radios, computers, printers and other electronic products such as microwaves, fans, toasters, and lamps. Most of these items are made up of recyclable materials, but can lead to serious environmental damage if incinerated or placed in landfills.

 

“As e-waste continues to spiral out of control, it’s essential for consumers to take note and begin to comprehend the environmental effects,” said Dahlander. “Many of us buy new products without giving a thought to what happens to the old ones. This is a growing worldwide problem.”

 

Obsolete electronic devices are rapidly filling landfills. In the U.S., more than 100 million computers are thrown away annually with less than 20% being recycled properly. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 4 million tons of e-waste are disposed in landfills every year, and this e-waste contains toxic and non-biodegradable substances such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. When e-waste is disposed in landfills, these toxic substances contaminate our water and soil.

 

The dismantling and recycling of electronic products promotes the conservation of natural resources and minimizes the air and water pollution that is common in the disposal and landfilling of e-waste.

 

“In the end, it is our responsibility to ensure that our old products get recycled properly and do not end up causing more harm than good,” said Dahlander. “Through our twice-yearly round-up, this potentially toxic junk will not sit in landfills, but will be repurposed into a new life.”

Snappy Salads hosts e-waste recycling events twice a year free of charge at all 15 locations. The last event collected nearly 10 tons of e-waste. Snappy Salads relies on the expertise of Recycle Revolution to coordinate the proper recycling of collected items and to ensure that all items are sent to facilities in the United States.

 

E-Waste Tips

 

One in, two out. While a lot of e-waste ends up in landfills, a lot gets stashed in cupboards, garages, spare rooms and shelves. For every new piece of technology you welcome into your home commit to recycling two unwanted pieces. Take items back to the store. Many have buy-back or trade-in programs.

 

Packaging pollutes. Thoughtfully dispose of the cardboard box and any plastic packaging that comes with your new purchase or that you’ve kept from your old one.

 

Mark your calendar. Circle a month, maybe twice a year, in your family calendar that you’ll round up and dispose of all your household e-waste. Check with businesses like Snappy Salads to determine when recycling events will be held.

 

Organize. Organize what you have to prevent duplicate purchases.

 

Pass it on. Donate items to local non-profit organizations for a tax deduction or give your used electronics to friends or family.

 

Other tips. Live in the cloud. There’s no need to buy serves for storage when you can use Dropbox. Shop for greener products. Before making a purchase, check out whether companies offer products that are energy efficient. Instead of dumping your old TV into the garbage bin, call the vendor and ask where to present the item for refurbishing.

SharonAdams

Principal of SocialWhirl.com, eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.