NEW YORK Electronic waste recycler Highlight Networks Inc. has opened a 12,000-square-foot facility in East Syracuse, N.Y.
The new facility will provide free recycling of electronics, computers, cell phones, servers and other items for local businesses and residents, the Liverpool, N.Y.-based company said, adding that the recycler intends to acquire additional electronic waste recycling facilities in the near future.
"We are pleased to have this first facility operational and plan to expand to other locations quickly," chief executive officer Alfonso Knoll said in a statement. "We are part of a solution to a very real environmental problem."
More than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers are thrown out every day in the United States, while only 16 percent of electronic waste is recycled, he said, adding that the number of personal computers that are tossed globally will reach 2 billion by 2014.
"There is no reason for this material to wind up in landfills when it can be profitably reused or recycled," Knoll said.
Highlight Networks performs recycling, refining, metals trading and asset recovery services, and focuses on precious metals refining from electronic waste. The company operates another recycling facility in New York state, it said.