Balcones Shred is a subsidiary of Balcones Resources, the largest independent environmental company of its type in the central United States.
With established Balcones Recycling locations in Dallas, Austin and Little Rock, Balcones Shred customers can be assured that all of their documents are not only being securely destroyed but also responsibly recycled. The shredding division even provides environmental reporting for clients looking to see just how much good they’re doing through their material destruction efforts. This monthly or yearly report yields helpful statistics such as the number of trees conserved through proper destruction and subsequent recycling. As a further indication of our commitment to helping our customers with in their pursuit of environmental stewardship, Balcones Shred conducts waste audits to measure how your business is doing in terms of conservation of resources. For small businesses desiring a solution for premium recycling needs such as bottles and cans, Balcones Shred provides hexagonal recycling units. Our ability to efficiently and expertly recycle your material closes the loop and makes your office securely green.
A major and growing need for businesses of all sizes is electronic waste recycling. Balcones Shred provides electronic waste recycling in line with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines. Electronic waste or E-waste, as it is commonly known, is the name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Computers, copiers, digital cameras, fax machines and phones are the most common business types of e-waste. Household e-waste includes televisions, VCRs and stereos.
The nonprofit Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition reports that 70 percent of the heavy metals in the nation’s landfills are from electronics. Nearly 2 in 10 consumers that disposed of a desktop computer, monitor or cell phone in the past year threw them in the trash. Fourteen percent of those that disposed of a laptop computer last year threw it in the trash. The EPA reports that Americans trash two million tons of unwanted electronics each year, which represents six times the amount they recycle. All of this E-waste being inappropriately disposed of has the potential to leak hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and other contaminants into surrounding ecosystems.
Many electronic products can be reused, refurbished or recycled but most users do not know how. In fact, E-waste is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation’s waste stream. Certain components of some electronic products contain materials that render them hazardous, depending on their condition and density. For this reason, Balcones Shred urges all businesses to seek out our services for the proper and compliant method for E-waste destruction and recycling. Learn more about the EPA’s WasteWise update on management systems for companies.