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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Land Bank demolition

The demolition of the former Jim and Mary’s Bar is nearly complete. Ben’s Construction of Lima was laying the gravel for the site on Friday. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

The demolition of the former Jim and Mary’s Bar is nearly complete.

Ben’s Construction of Lima start the demolition process on Aug. 17 and was laying the gravel for the site on Friday.

Several areas of the former bar still stand awaiting instruction from engineers. Portions of the building to north of the demolition will need capped to keep out moisture as well.

Hurricane Safety and Site Preparation Tips from Arwood Waste

After a brutal 2017 hurricane season, we are counting our lucky stars the Atlantic has been relatively quiet this year. While it’s tempting to breathe a sigh or relief, we are not in the clear quite yet. In fact, we are just now reaching the peak of the 2018 hurricane season.

While there is nothing we can do to influence the path of these storms, we can do our best to prepare for them. And the best time to prepare is before a storm is even on the radar. Here are a few tips to help you get prepared at home and on the job site.

Secure Materials and Equipment

Hurricanes can easily damage any materials left outside. Loose materials pose the added risk of becoming airborne as projectiles that can break windows and damage property. Minimize your risks and liability and prevent injuries by keeping your site clear of debris and securing materials when a storm is on the way.


Make sure your construction and roll off dumpsters are tarped and all construction debris is secured so no debris becomes wind borne. Loose materials can become dangerous projectiles, resulting in significant property damage. We offer tarp services to help you secure your dumpsters in preparation for storms.

Portable Toilets and Sanitation Units

Ensure all portable toilets are properly secured and weighted down. You can weight the toilet by carefully placing sandbags inside the unit or you can secure it to another structure, such as a dumpster. If possible, transport portable toilets and other all other sanitation units to a garage to protect them from the storm. If you need assistance securing your portable toilets, we offer services to help secure them to your dumpster. Remember, if your portable toilet or sanitation unit is damaged as a result of the storm, you could be liable for damages unless you purchased a Damage Waiver.

Loose Materials

All tools, equipment, materials and debris should be moved indoors. Arwood Waste will continue to offer cleanup and removal services as long as possible to assist you with storm preparations. Anything that cannot be removed or safely stored indoors should be tied down.

Prepare at Home

In addition to protecting your job site and employees, we want to make sure you are prepared at home. Whether you are planning to leave town to get out of the path of the storm or hunker down in place, here are a few steps you can take to protect your family and your home.

Stock Up

Once a storm is on the radar, grocery store shelves empty quickly. Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food now. In addition to food and water, make sure you have a radio to track the storm and battery powered flashlights. Be sure to grab plenty of batteries for radios and other electronics you will want on hand as you weather the storm. This way, when a storm is coming, you can focus on securing your home instead of running around town hunting for emergency supplies.

You can download the FEMA Emergency Checklist and the Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist to help get you started. The Red Cross also offers resources to identify what you should do before, during and after a hurricane or typhoon to ensure you and your family are safe.

Have a First Aid Kit

If you haven’t already prepared a kit of emergency medical supplies, now is the time to start. If you do have a kit, verify that supplies are not expired and any electronics are in working order and fully charged. Your first aid kit should be stocked with supplies to treat any minor injuries that might occur. If you don’t have one, you can order a first aid kit at Medical Waste 360. For additional information on hurricane kits and supplies, the American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist.

Make a Plan

Don’t wait until the storm is on your doorstep to decide where you’ll go. Roads will become congested and hotels will fill up quickly. If you plan to stay with friends or family, verify that they will be able to accommodate you, your family and any pets. Listen to local officials and evacuate or go to a shelter if evacuation orders are issued for your area. Make sure you know the locations of your local shelters and identify those that can accommodate any special needs, such as pet friendly shelters. You can check online for the location of local shelters and visit the American Red Cross to find open shelters.

Donate Blood

When thinking about hurricane prep, donating blood might not come to mind, but it should. After major weather events and disasters, there is almost always a shortage of blood supply. Getting to a donation center after the storm can be difficult, so before the storm hits, make an appointment to donate. If you live in a state not directly affected by storms, your donation could still help. In emergencies, such as hurricane disaster recovery, your local blood bank could end up sending blood to help affected areas.

Storm Cleanup

After the storm has passed, recovery work begins. While we hope any damage is minimal, storm recovery and cleanup services may be necessary to get your home and work site back to normal.

Demolition Services

At Arwood Waste, we are prepared to mobilize immediately after the storm has passed. Our demolition and emergency clean up services will be available to help assess and recover in the aftermath of the storm. You can schedule an appointment anytime using our online services or by calling 1-855-647-8469.

Air Scrubbers

After storm waters recede, there is still much work to be done. Even with repairs, moisture and unpleasant odors can linger. HEPA air scrubbers and dry out fans help clear the air to get your structures livable as soon as possible. Reserve your clean up equipment online or call 1-888-413-5105.

Stay Safe

Be sure to stay informed and plan accordingly. You can get the latest updates and public advisories at any time from the National Hurricane Center.

Arwood Waste hopes everyone stays safe throughout the 2018 Hurricane Season.

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Jacksonville, FL 32254

Hanford demolition work could restart later this year.

Hanford workers

RICHLAND, WA – Work to tear down one of Hanford’s most radiologically contaminated buildings could restart in October under new plans to do the work more carefully and deliberately.

The plant could be torn down to the ground by June 2019, completing a lengthy and sometimes troubled project at the nuclear reservation.

Work at the Plutonium Finishing Plant was stopped in December when radioactive particles spread, leaving 11 workers with small amounts of contamination radioactively decaying inside their bodies from inhaling or ingesting the particles.

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Asbestos Hazards in the Demolition Industry


The demolition process poses a variety of on-the-job issues workers have to contend with, including unplanned structure collapses and falling objects. However, exposure to carcinogens can be an overlooked threat, especially without engineering controls and responsible disposal measures in place. Asbestos is one of the most concerning carcinogens found on the job, as fibers easily become airborne when products containing it are damaged. But how can we identify asbestos, what risks are associated with the mineral and how do we protect ourselves from exposure?


A Crucial Building Component


For several decades during the 1900s, asbestos was heavily used as a fortification material in many different applications, including insulation, roofing, and flooring. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral, and possesses many properties deemed desirable by builders, including fire-resistance and relative affordability. During the early 1970s, at its height the United States consumed more than 700,000 tons of the mineral. It could also be found in an array of consumer products, such as children’s toys, brake pads, and cosmetics. However, people who worked closely with asbestos began to exhibit signs of severe illness, typically decades after initial contact. As more people became ill, the federal government began regulating asbestos as well as studying the mineral’s impact on human health.


A Rare, Severe Cancer


Workers complained of a number of symptoms, including chest tightness, fluid buildup in the lungs, and shortness of breath. Doctors eventually concluded that these workers were suffering from mesothelioma, a grave disease caused by direct exposure of asbestos. The cancer may develop when airborne asbestos particles from dilapidated or disrupted materials containing the mineral are inhaled or ingested. These particles become lodged in the body (generally in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart) and, after several decades, can result in mesothelioma. Prognosis is often very poor, with most patients given a life expectancy of just 12-21 months after diagnosis. Treatment regimens can include surgery and radiation, although several emerging therapies, such as immunotherapy, have shown promise in clinical trials.


How to Stay Safe


One of the most important tools every worker should have is knowledge; both about the worksite and what dangers might be lurking around the corner. Adhering to proper protocols, including following engineering surveys and health hazard assessments, should be practiced no matter how small or large the job is. Furthermore, using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can prevent respiratory hazards and chemical exposure from occurring, especially during rubbish removal. Exposure can happen when asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are improperly disposed of in dumpsters or other trash receptacles, so proper disposal adherence based on municipality standards should always be followed. By sticking to these practices, workers can enjoy a healthy and productive jobsite.


Delta II towers collapse after detonation at Space Launch Complex-17, July 12, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing, activated the detonator.

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — With a final farewell and the push of a plunger, Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing Commander, demolished the nearly 200-foot-tall towers at 7 a.m. July 12 at Space Launch Complex 17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The demolition of the towers marks the first phase of a contract, which was awarded in September 2016 and involved demolition of the Delta II towers, associated structures, and includes pavements and site restoration.

“The towers were workhorses in their day, supporting 325 launches between 1957 and 2011,” General Monteith said. “For many, this launch complex bridged the Space Age from the early days to the era of large boosters. It’s a bittersweet day as we say goodbye to these iconic towers, but their demolition paves the way for innovation as Moon Express comes to work on the same hallowed ground as the LC-17 crews.”

Launch Complex 17 was built for the Air Force’s THOR Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) research and development in 1956, and it was used by the Air Force and NASA to support DELTA launch operations until September 10, 2011. The complex consisted of two launch pads, Pad 17A and Pad 17B. The NAVSTAR Global Positioning Satellite launched from Pad 17A on February 14, 1989.

Approximately 16,000 tons of metal and more than 2,000 tons of concrete will be recycled from these demolition phases, as part of the $1.9 million project.

“This is the busiest space port in the entire world, right here in Brevard County in Florida. There is nothing more exciting that we do than preparing for the future,” General Monteith said. “We make history every single week here on the range, and today we get to be a part of future history. I want to stay in this business and keep diving us forward in maintaining American supremacy in space all the way through the future.”

Moon Express plans to repurpose the site and use it for lunar lander development and flight test operations.

“We are moving to the future,” he said. “The hard work that occurred at this pad is a testament to the DOD and NASA workers that made their mark and paved the way to where we are today. The work that goes on here is absolutely remarkable, and we look forward to the successes of Moon Express as they work on the same ground as the LC-17 Crews, and you have some pretty big shoes to fill.”

The National Demolition Association

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Strickland Construction Services
7300 Crill Ave. #65
Palatka, FL 32177