James Weagle offers free removal of old and outdated equipment
BUSINESSES IN THE NEWS
By Patriot Staff
Oxford resident James W. Weagle started a new business two months ago, one that can only be described as a terrific new service for local businesses, municipalities, and residents alike.
MvP Electronic Recycling, located in the Stevens Linens building on Schofield Avenue in Dudley, is a full service electronics waste recycling company.
As every business and organization knows, disposing of end-of-life electronics can be a difficult and costly problem. “They need to get rid of the old equipment, but are often charged for it by companies that are making money off it,” said Jim.
He explained that of 50 to 70 million tons of e-waste produced worldwide every year, only a quarter is recycled, the rest ends up in landfills. The components and metals in computers can easily be reused or recycled, and he's on a mission to manage that for customers in Massachusetts.
Asked how he came to start the new business, he said his existing company, MvP Technology in Webster, which provides laptop and desktop sales and services, often faced the same issue: what to do with old or dead electronic parts. And so the idea to address that problem morphed into a new venture.
MvP Electronic Recycling will accept at no charge any electronics item that plugs into the wall or uses a battery. Jim said they will pick up the items or they can be dropped off at the Schofield Ave. location.
There they break everything down to its component parts: the boards, plastic, metal, power supply, drives. Massachusetts law protects private data by requiring discs to be shredded or DOD-wiped, so that data is un-retrievable. MvP will supply a “certificate of destruction” for schools and other organizations. The company is HIPAA and CIPA compliant.
The parts are then recycled or sent to refiners, which further reduce the components to their elements. MvP only does business with R2 certified facilities, and nothing is shipped overseas.
In some cases, old equipment can be reworked and used by another organization or group. MvP also provides asset management services and promises to get companies “top dollar” for their used equipment.
Jim explained that the only exception to the free removal policy are CRT monitors, for which there is a $15 charge.
MvP will work with schools, churches, and non-profits that want to collect electronics for fundraisers. They will take the e-waste and equally share the profits.
Jim said he has already done some work with St. Joseph's School and is calling on others.
The electronics recycling service can benefit banks, municipalities, schools, institutions, and the private sector alike, said Jim.
Computers, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game boxes, CDs - anything electronic can be recycled. Bring the items to MvP at 137 Schofield Ave. in Dudley or call the office at 508-499-6493.