Tampa Electronic Recycling Company Brings Computer Technology to the Next Generation

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In the graveyard of keystrokes and megabytes, a mountain of abandoned computers has become an avalanche.

“Right now in the United States we dispose of about 300,000 computers every day and most of them end up in landfills,” said Tony Selvaggio, CEO of eSmart Recycling.

Selvaggio started the business in Tampa seven years ago. Currently he has 19 employees and many of them are repairing old computers and saving parts that are still good. They also shred hard drives to destroy personal data, but that’s only part of what Selvaggio says is important.

Selvaggio provides good, affordable computers to non-profit organizations such as the Fab Lab AMRoC at University Mall.

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“It is very important to have computers on site that can do the programming that children learn to do things on,” said manager Terri Willingham. “In some cases, this may be the only computer access they have.”

ESmart has made deals with companies to get rid of their old computers, and individuals can recycle on site as well. Selvaggio thinks he’s having an impact.

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“We can measure this impact from an environmental perspective,” said Selvaggio. “We will know exactly how much we are diverting from the landfill, but also from a social impact perspective, we will know how much we are reinvesting in the community through these efforts.”

Anyone with old computers or flat screens to recycle can visit www.esmartrecycling.com for drop-off locations.

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