Throughout the month of April, Sims Recycling Solutions held several collection events around the world in celebration of Earth Day—officially observed on April 22 this year—in an attempt to successfully set a new Guinness World Record for the “most consumer electronics recycled within 24 hours at multiple venues.”
In the U.S., Sims held collection events in seven states, including California, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. Five of these locations satisfied the Guinness World
Records’ standards for tracking the amount of electronics received during these events. The five record-setting sites included events in Dallas, Texas; Long Beach, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Sacramento, Calif.; and West Chicago, Ill. With the help of about 80 people, Sims was able to collect over 80,000 pounds of electronic waste for recycling.
Sims also organized international collection events in Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, India, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
“Setting a Guinness World Record is a remarkable accomplishment that required the effort of many dedicated individuals, particularly those people who made the time to drop off their old electronics at one of these five locations so the devices could be properly recycled,” stated Steve Skurnac, president, Sims Recycling Solutions, Americas. “Perhaps more important, though, is the fact that in the process of setting this record Sims Recycling Solutions diverted thousands of pounds of electronic waste from local landfills and focused much-needed attention on why recycling electronics is necessary.”
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