Archives for September 2018

Take A Minute to Pray for Your Demolition Contractor

These men and women work long hours in all types of weather to serve us. It’s an extremely dangerous and often thankless but necessary job. As you go through your day today, stop and pray for these men and women who keep our communities safe and clean. Pray for their safety. Pray for their families. And if you see them out on the job consider telling them “Thank You!”

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“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” – George W. Bush

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” – George W. Bush

On this somber day, we remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. We offer our sincerest thanks to the first responders who rushed towards ground zero in the minutes, days and weeks that followed.

At Arwood Waste, we offer prayers for comfort and peace for all those who lost loved ones as a result the attacks and for all the police, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who risked their lives to save others.

Remembering Bravery and Courage

On September 11, 2001, the world watched as 2,605 U.S. citizens and 372 non-U.S. citizens lost their lives. The final death toll included 2,606 individuals in the World Trade Centers and surrounding areas including 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers, 55 military personnel in the attack on the Pentagon and 265 passengers on the four planes including 40 passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Over 90 countries lost citizens in the 9/11 attacks.

United In Tragedy

While millions tried to make sense of the shock and sorrow, we came together as a nation to mourn, remember and honor friends, neighbors and loved ones. As the we grieved, unity and patriotism swept the nation. American flags flew at half-staff as millions volunteered and donated blood and congress came together to pass a victim aid measure.

As we remember on the losses of 9/11, we reflect on the words “United We Stand.” As a nation, we are strongest when we stand together in support of our neighbors.

Service and Remembrance

At Arwood Waste, we encourage you to participate in Patriot Day memorials, ceremonies and volunteer activities in honor of those who were lost on 9/11. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, consider joining a volunteer project in your community, donating blood through organizations like One Blood or Red Cross, volunteering at a National Cemetery, donating to support the 9/11 Memorial Museum or simply reaching out to support a neighbor in need.

However you remember 9/11, we hope you find solace in your family, community or religion.

“Today, we honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed. In memory of these beautiful souls, we vow to keep moving forward.” – September 09, 2016 Presidential Proclamation

Demolition Salvaged – E-Waste: Recycling Old Tech

These days, our lives are largely dependent on technology and electronics. In 2015, about 87% of American households had at least one computer at home and 75% had at least one handheld device, such as a cell phone or tablet. In many cases, you will find multiple cell phones and computers in one household. What happens to all of those electronic devices when we are done with them?

How to Get Rid of Old Tech

There are many ways you can get rid of old tech without sending it to a landfill. This is important because laptops, cell phones, tablets and other electronics can contain valuable resources. They may also contain components that are harmful to the environment. Here are three ways you can ditch your old tech with minimal impact on the environment.


In almost every case, reusing an item is better than recycling it and old computers and cell phones are no exception. We often upgrade our phones every couple of years, but that doesn’t mean the old one is useless. And while you may update your computer after a few years, the average lifespan of a computer is actually seven to eight years. Your old laptop may still be perfectly usable for someone else.

There are many nonprofit organizations that will happily accept your old tech. World Computer Exchange and Computers with Causes accept computers, monitors, tablets, accessories and assorted tech gadgets. Cell Phones for Soldiers collects old cell phones, refurbishes them for resale and uses the profits to purchase phone cards for service members to call home while on deployment.

Before donating any device, we encourage your to delete all personal information. If you can, wipe the device or resort factory default settings. This will help ensure your personal information is safe. It is also best to make sure you only donate your old tech to reputable organizations.


Just like a scrap yard for cars, old computers can be used for their parts. Salvaging parts for reuse in a new computer saves resources and can also save you money. Depending on your skill set and the age of your device, your broken computer could have numerous parts worth salvaging.

Looking for a fun project? Instructables offers some creative (and crazy) ideas to reuse your computer parts. There are all kinds of fun ways to reuse keys from old keyboards. If you are the DIY type, computers have a variety of components you can use to power up or redecorate your next project.


If your tech isn’t suitable for reuse or repurposing, then recycling is the way to go. In addition to saving the environment, you can save some green. Some companies, like Best Buy, will accept your old electronics for recycling and offer discounts in return.

The Importance of Responsible Disposal

We may occasionally detach and unplug, but we are largely tied to our cellphones and computers. With so many electronics in our homes and offices, disposal can easily become a big problem. Preventing irresponsible or unlawful dumping of electronics, especially with such large quantities, is essential to avoiding contamination.

E-waste can contain mercury and lead. The toner in cartridges for printers and copiers is classified as a 2B carcinogen. Irresponsible disposal of e-waste can lead to harmful levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, hexabromocyclododecanes, polychlorinated and polybrominated biphenyls and other dangerous contaminants. All of these compounds can pose serious risks to our health and the environment.

Whether your recycle your electronics or choose to throw them out, be sure you are doing so responsible. Work with reputable companies and services. Follow all local and federal guidelines or choose a company that adheres to or exceeds these regulations. It may take a little time and research, but smart disposal choices have a huge impact on the environment, especially with electronics such as cell phones, laptops, monitor and tablets.

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