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
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.