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Arman Sadeghi

The author of The Business Bible and the founder of All Green Electronics Recycling. Arman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley and attended Harvard Medical School. He is a keynote speaker and a passionate advocate for data security and responsible recycling.

Toxic Materials in Electronics

There are over one thousand toxic materials found in common electronics. These range from solvents and flame retardants to other dangerous chemicals. These toxic materials can be found in anything from circuit boards and hard drives to cell phones and display panels such as flat screens. In landfills today around 40% of the heavy metals found there including…

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UAE Seeks Regulations for Disposal of E-Waste

Tackling the Issue of E-Waste in the UAE The United Arab Emirates is tackling one of the problems of our modern technologically advanced society head on – the disposal of electronic waste. The UAE is currently in the process of drawing up regulations and developing recycling facilities to address the problem of disposal of sensitive electronics such as…

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Why are Electronics Becoming Obsolete Faster ?

Doesn’t it seem that electronics now rapidly become obsolete when compared to their older counterparts? A generation ago one might expect a major electronic appliance to last for many years, even decades, but modern electronics seem to get thrown on the trash heap in a short period of time. Why is this? Competition Firstly, in any industry with…

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First Month of NY Electronic Recycling Deemed a Success

The first electronic recycling collection event was held at the Monroe County Ecopark after the newly-introduced New York electronic recycling laws came into effect from January 2015. The organizing authorities claimed that the event attracted a lot of attention and a good response from the local people who are looking to dispose of their electronic items safely, avoiding…

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Illinois Electronic Recycling Law Reform Looks More Promising

There have been some doubts in the minds of the Illinois people regarding scaling down of the electronics recycling program across the state. In a related incident, Will County had announced in the month of January that it would be reducing the number of collection events to two events per day from the existing six events. Due to…

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The Growth of the Global Electronic Waste Management Market

The management of electronic waste is an important industry that is expected to grow considerably over the next decade. Recycling electronic devices recovers many of the valuable components within them, such as gold and other precious metals. Disposing of electronic devices in landfills can be an extreme hazard to the environment and can cause many health problems to…

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Sprint Offers $5,000 Prize to Students Who Find New Ways to Recycle Smartphones

It’s estimated that 135 million phones are discarded every year in this country. Only about 11% are currently recycled. Currently some recycled phones may be resold, others may be disassembled so that their parts may be used to build new products. The situation sounds bleak, but there is a little good news. Sprint is now offering a $5000…

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What’s the point of conserving Water?

The best time to trim trees is typically in the winter, when cold weather tells your trees it is time to go dormant. Certain woody shrubs, such as rhododendrons and azaleas, need to be pruned after they have flowered in the spring. There is no right or wrong time of year to recycle tree trimmings. The best way…

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All Green in Recycling Today

Photo Credit: Recycling Today All Green Electronics Recycling CEO Arman Sadeghi was featured once again in Recycling Today. The article talks about how the company came to be, what we do, and our plans for expansion. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Arman Sadeghi, founder and CEO of All Green Electronics Recycling, Tustin, Calif., has a background in…

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Reconstruction Warehouse on NBC News

One of our partners, Reconstruction Warehouse, was featured on NBC News. Check out the video below: View more videos at: http://nbcsandiego.com. Make sure you check out Reconstruction Warehouse’s website at http://www.recowarehouse.com/.

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All Green Featured on KTLA News

All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi and several employees were featured on the KTLA morning news today. Check out the link to the video here.

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TED Talk on Electronics Recycling with All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi

Do you know why it’s so important to recycle your old electronics? In his TED Talk, All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi talks about the rapidly-growing e-waste problem and what you can do to help. What are your thoughts on this video?

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Partner Spotlight: Mission Viejo Library

The Mission Viejo Library is now a cell phone recycling collection site. The collection bin, sponsored by All Green Electronics Recycling, is located in the lobby of the Mission Viejo Library, located at 100 Civic Center in the city of Mission Viejo. The City of Mission Viejo has been a long time supporter of recycling efforts. Most recently,…

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E-Waste Dumping Ban Passes in Colorado Legislature

Colorado will soon be one of the U.S. states to ban e-waste dumping in the state’s landfills—we hope! The legislation for this bill was passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the later in a 43-20 vote. It will now go to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for approval. If Hickenlooper signs the bill, Colorado will join…

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All Green Featured in OC Metro

We’re excited to announce that All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi was recently featured in the CEO Centerfold section of the OC Metro. Check out the accompanying video below!

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New York Law Prohibits Haulers from Collecting E-Waste

A law went into effect on January 1st that prohibits private and public waste haulers and transporters in New York from collecting electronic waste unless it is destined to be recycled or reused. This ban is part of the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which was signed in May 2010. In April 2011, the first part…

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All Green on the ABC News

We’re excited to announce that All Green Electronics Recycling was featured on an ABC News segment yesterday. CEO Arman Sadeghi talks about the importance of electronics recycling and data destruction. If you missed the show, you can check it out below. Let us know what you think! You can read the accompanying article here.

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All Green Featured in OC Register

All Green is proud to be featured in the OC Register once again! The article talked about our Million Pound Challenge event and how far we’ve come so far. In conjunction with California schools, we’ve collected over 750,000 pounds of e-waste, which, according to CEO Arman Sadeghi “is twice as much as we expected to have at this…

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All Green Featured on KFWB Newstalk 980am

All Green Electronics Recycling is proud to be featured in LA’s Afternoon News KFWB Newstalk 980am. In the interview, CEO Arman Sadeghi spoke with Maggie McKay, anchor of the program. Let us know what you think about the interview in the comments below!

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Electronic Wasteland: Following the Trail of Toxic E-Waste

CEO Arman Sadeghi’s goals changed forever when he viewed “Electronic Wasteland,” a 60 Minutes documentary detailing the dangers of irresponsible electronics recycling. When he saw the impact that discarded electronics can have on developing countries, he decided to do something about the growing e-waste problem. After months of research, he started All Green Electronics Recycling. This is the…

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All Green Featured in Recycling Today

All Green is proud to be featured in Recycling Today. The article talked about why CEO Arman Sadeghi started the company, what we do, and what makes us different from other electronics recyclers. Here’s an excerpt: You could say the 60 Minutes’ expose on electronics recycling changed Arman Sadeghi’s life. After viewing the piece, titled “Electronic Wasteland,” which…

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New Zealand Braces for CRT Surge

New Zealand is switching to digital transmission in 2012 and is bracing for a surge of CRT televisions to be brought in for recycling. The government is urging businesses to expand their infrastructure for e-waste recycling with a program called “TV Take Back.” “The falling price of new TVs, international sporting events and the national switchover to digital…

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Illinois Expands E-Waste Law

In an attempt to keep electronics out of landfills, the state of Illinois is expanding its electronics recycling law to include more items, increase recycling goals for state manufacturers, and enforce stronger penalties for those who don’t follow the law. Under the current law, computer monitors, televisions, and printers are banned from landfills. The ban will now also…

All Green Featured in Orange County Business Journal

All Green is proud to be featured in the Orange County Business Journal! The article talked about our company and our plans for expansion. Here’s an excerpt: Credit: Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ.com) Tustin-based All Green Electronics Recycling Inc. plans to triple its processing operation in Orange County by early next year as it expands nationwide. The company,…

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Flash Drive Recycling

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons How many of you know how important it is to wipe the data off of a computer hard drive? Now how many of you have thought about data destruction on a flash drive? That’s right, that tiny memory stick attached to your keychain is e-waste too. And like a hard drive, it can contain…

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California Recycled 1 Billion Pounds of E-Waste

Ever since the electronics recycling program in California began 6 years ago, one billion pounds of electronics have been recycled. This is more than any other state and amounts to approximately 20 million computers and televisions kept out of landfills. According to our e-waste calculator on the All Green website, this has kept approximately 25,353,200,000 pounds of carbon…

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North Carolina Bans Computer Equipment from Landfills

North Carolina passed a law to ban printers, computer equipment, and televisions from entering landfills, according to WBTV. The law will go into effect on July 1, 2011. “By capturing valuable materials for reuse and reducing our dependence on landfills, electronics recycling can help us achieve both our environment and economic development goals,” said Dee Freeman, secretary for…

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All Green Welcomes Industry Vet

In an effort to expand its IT Asset Disposition Services nationally, All Green Electronics Recycling, one of California’s leading providers of e-waste solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Randy Lewis as Director of IT Asset Disposition Services, effective May 1, 2011. In his new position, Lewis will be responsible for overseeing data security, asset…

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UK Waste Illegally Dumped in Ghana

When electronic waste (e-waste) is recycled irresponsibly, the consequences are devastating. Guiyu, China is just one example of this. Another example is Ghana. One of the UK’s leading waste and recycling companies has been linked to the disposal of e-waste in Ghana. According to the Ecologist: Merseyside-based Environment Waste Controls (EWC), whose clients are reported to include ASDA,…

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All Green Featured in the OC Register

We’re excited to announce that the Orange County Register recently profiled All Green Electronics Recycling CEO Arman Sadeghi. Here’s a preview of the article: E-waste recycler puts environment first BY ELYSSE JAMES THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ejames@ocregister.com Photo Credit: Elysse James Life can take interesting twists. That’s a lesson close to the heart of All Green Electronics Recycling…

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UN Project Will Track US E-Waste

In an attempt to do something about the growing electronic waste problem, the United Nations has launched a project called Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP). This project will work with port officials in West Africa and Asia to track all electronics that enter developing countries for repair or recycling. “Tracking flows around the world … is fundamental to…

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All Green on the KTLA Morning News

Happy Earth Day! We’re excited to announce that All Green Electronics Recycling was on the KTLA Morning News today. Our CEO, Arman Sadeghi, and several All Green employees were featured in a special Earth Day segment. If you missed the show, you can check it out here.  

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Earth Day 2011

10 Free E-Waste Recycling Events! All Green Electronics Recycling is proud to announce 10 different e-waste collection events throughout the state of California in honor of Earth Day 2011! E-waste is dangerous and highly toxic to the environment. When e-waste is not recycled responsibly, it often ends up in developing nations that do not have the infrastructure to…

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All Green Electronics Recycling to Partner with CSU Campuses

TUSTIN, CA—Technology’s blistering pace is leaving a hazardous byproduct in its wake: E-Waste. All Green Electronics Recycling, a premier e-waste recycling company based in Tustin, Calif., is pleased to announce that it will celebrate Earth Day by partnering with the California State University Campuses to collect community e-waste during the month of April. The Earth Day Celebration will…

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OC Metro Chooses All Green as a “Green Team”

All Green Electronics Recycling is one of OC Metro’s Green Teams for 2011 Published: April 1, 2011 Original article can be found here. Founded: In 2009 by Arman Sadeghi Disturbing fact: Old, bulky computer screens can contain up to 8 pounds of lead. All Green is an electronics recycler and collector, offering both pickup services and hundreds of…

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E-waste industry boosts jobs in Oregon

Not only did Oregon E-Cycles keep over 24 million pounds of e-waste out of landfills in 2010, it also created jobs. According to Oregon Business, the number of electronics recycled under the law and the figures from the program’s largest recycler indicate that hundreds of jobs have been created since the program began in 2010. One example is…

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New York e-waste law goes into effect

New Yorkers no longer have to pay to recycle their old electronics. On April 1, 2011, the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act went into effect. According to this law, manufacturers are required to take back old electronics free of charge, regardless of the brand. The products must then be either reused or recycled, and none of the…

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E-waste legislation introduced in Australia

Electronics recycling in Australia has lagged behind other countries, but manufacturers and consumers alike are hopeful that e-waste legislation will soon pass. The Product Stewardship Bill was released this week in the Australian Federal Parliament. If it passes, manufacturers, suppliers, and importers of information technology equipment and televisions will be required to deliver permanent e-waste recycling options to…

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Texas television takeback bill advances

A bill that aims to establish a television take-back program in Texas recently passed out of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources by a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 329 proposes to make manufacturers—either individually or as part of a group—responsible for developing a recovery plan for covered items. Manufacturers will also have to pay a yearly registration fee…

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Partner Spotlight: StorAmerica

Photo Credit: StorAmerica At All Green Electronics Recycling, we do our best to keep electronics out of landfills, but we couldn’t do it without the help of our partners—or businesses and organizations that have teamed up with us to collect e-waste. Today, we want to shine the spotlight on one partner in particular: StorAmerica. Our partnership with StorAmerica…

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Target settles e-waste lawsuit

The Target Corporation agreed to pay out $22.5 million in penalties over charges that the company improperly disposed of hazardous waste, including electronics, for years. The 2009 lawsuit was brought against over 240 Target stores by 19 California district attorneys, the state general, and the city attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles. Since 2001, Target was served…

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E-cycling bill fails in Utah

Lawmakers in Utah recently shot down a bill that would have established an electronics recycling law. House Bill 153 would have required electronics manufacturers to pay a fee for the recycling of covered electronics. However, the bill was voted down due to concerns about excessive regulation and the desire by lawmakers to make such a program voluntary, rather…

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Ugliest Television Contest

Picture the oldest, ugliest television you own. Maybe it has a cracked screen, rabbit ears or you still have to get up to change the channel. I’m sure you can think of something, right? All Green Electronics Recycling is hosting its first-ever Ugliest Television Contest. We want to see photos of your oldest, ugliest television. If your photo…

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Oregonians recycle 24 million pounds of e-waste

During the first year of a statewide ban on dumping e-waste in the trash, Oregon E-Cycles has kept more than 24 million pounds out of landfills. The E-Cycles program works with about 240 collectors and 12 recyclers across the state. It uses no taxpayer money—instead relying on annual fees from electronics manufacturers who sell their products in Oregon.…

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MEPs back tighter e-waste laws

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) discussed proposals to tighten e-waste laws in a meeting on February 4th. The text of the proposal states that member states may be required to collect at least 4 kg (8.8 lbs) of e-waste per inhabitant by 2012. If this number is lower than the total amount of e-waste collected in 2010,…

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Maine seeks to repeal e-waste law

Paul LePage, the newly-elected governor of Maine, recently announced that he wishes to adjust, and in some cases repeal, the state’s e-waste law. He wants to first abolish the Board of Environmental Protection and then replace it with an administrative law judge system. This would abolish most state regulations, causing Maine to follow federal regulations instead. However, e-waste…

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E-Cycle Washington collects 78 million pounds

Washington’s statewide electronics recycling program collected 78 million pounds of e-waste during its first two years of operation, according to Washington State Department of Ecology records. The program, E-Cycle Washington, is funded by electronics manufacturers. It is designed to help Washington residents recycle responsibly and keep e-waste away from third-world countries like Guiyu, China. “Electronics manufacturers have done…

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Greenpeace rates greenest electronics

Last week, Greenpeace released its third green electronics survey. At the top of the list was the Asus VW-247H-HF computer monitor, which scored 7.5/10. The Samsung Blue Earth mobile phone came in second place, with a score of 7.03/10. There was an overall trend towards the reduction of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in electronics.…

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New Year brings new e-waste laws

In several states, new e-waste laws took effect in 2011. The most recent states to start recycling electronics are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, South Carolina, Indiana, and New York. In Pennsylvania, guidelines were regarding e-waste disposal were passed in November 2010, and in New Jersey and Indiana, the laws went into effect on New Year’s Day. In New…

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EPA Prioritizes E-Waste Problem

EPA chief names e-waste an international priority. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson names “cleaning up e-waste” one of the agency’s top six international priorities moving forward. The memo comes at the heels of the EPA agreeing with suggestions from a U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report, which called on the agency to improve its…

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EPA Recognizes Certification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formerly recognized the Recycler Certification and associated Standard for the Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment, according to a press release issued by the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle. BAN developed the standard and certification program in conjunction with members from the recycling industry and expert in occupational health and…

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