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Comp​uter Recycling Specialists

DFW Reclaimers, Inc.

Servicing the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

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Home Gardens

Posted on 15 January, 2013 at 11:26 Comments comments (0)
I stumbled across some images of "Victory Gardens" during WWI and WWII the other day and was really fascinated by the propoganda put out there to encourage people to grow their own gardens.  There are images of roof top gardens, window sill gardens, and your traditional backyard garden being grown during such a challenging time in our country.  I find it amusing as our society expands and our waste is exponential, that we push organic purchases over growing our own.  As a former teacher who was fortunate to be at a school with a sponsored "REAL School Garden" I was able to teach my students where the simplest of things come from like potatoes.Which by the way, I can tell you half of my 3rd graders didn't believe me when I said potatoes make french fries AND almost all of them thought I was crazy when our science lesson for the day was digging in the dirt to harvest our vegetables.
 
Now, I don't have a major garden.  I have a few items worked into my regular beds, but I really want to start a more significant one and think that will be my project for this spring.  I am still bothered though that this isn't being pushed more...when it was once, and now we are almost a lost culture of farmers.  Hmm, do you have a garden? What tips and tricks can you offer? If you don't, why not?  Is it a time thing or experience thing?
 
 
Picture Source: www.infowars.com

Greener Holidays

Posted on 30 October, 2012 at 10:41 Comments comments (5)
Okay I'm not going to lie...I love the holidays.  I'm really big on family and love to cook.  I've also learned that feeding the masses is really satisfying.  BUT it kind of drives me crazy the frenzy over what to buy for loved ones and sorting out the thoughtful from the easy buy.  It seems to be getting harder to accomplish the more rapid paced our society is becoming.  I mean there's already a new iPad out 6 months after the release of the last one.  What person can keep up with that?  I am really starting to notice the abundance of waste out there.  Why is there 100 different kinds of wrapping paper at one particular superstore and only 4 of those rolls are made from recycled paper?  Shouldn't it all be from recycled paper?  I don't know about you, but I rip my presents open with the intent of never using the paper again. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying don't wrap presents but maybe there needs to be an emphasis on greener holidays.  If you get a new computer, let's recycle the old one not store it (trust me they don't gain value).  Let's make an extra effort to recycle the boxes and papers that can be, maybe actually finish the whole roll of wrapping paper from last year.  Anyone else see this?  I wonder if you have a greener holiday tradition?  I would love to know.
 
OOOH, I am a PINTREST junky...there are great ideas on recycled stuff.  My favorite this week...taking last years Christmas cards and cutting them into cute sized present tags for the coming holiday. Wr
 
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Spring Cleaning vs. Fall Cleaning

Posted on 28 August, 2012 at 9:50 Comments comments (12)
     It's my favorite time of the year as the heat finally starts to wear off and I can secretly start pulling out my overflow of holiday decorations. It's also the time of the year we "spring" clean.  I know...a little late, but for me it's like shedding a new skin as I start to think about pumpkin pies, visiting relatives, fall festivals and more.  It's also one of my favorite seasons for the business.  We have so many recycling events coming up like Arlington Ecofest, the Mercy Heart Run, and the fall festival in Midlothian.  I love meeting new people and networking when it comes to recycling.  I hope I get to meet you and your family soon and that you secretly tell me you don't clean in the spring either!  Here's to homemade pies and dusty old computers!  See you soon!

Fort Worth Food Park

Posted on 24 March, 2012 at 10:25 Comments comments (3)
  So last night we tried the Ft. Worth Food Park for the first time and fell in love.  I know, you are asking how that has anything to do with recycling, but it has a lot to do with it.  Our business isn't just a business to us.  It really is more about making a long term impact on all that we can for better living.  The way I look at it, you aren't living with old junk in your closet, those old electronics aren't leaking hazardous chemicals into a landfill polluting all those things they tend to do, and we are working hard to get a process, no a standard, for all the things we use.
   Part of our lifestyle is "reducing' the material things and that's exactly what the food park has done.  Think picnic tables on rocks under aged trees.  You sit family style with people you've never met before and you can't help but make friends.  We met some amazing people of all ages there last night, oh, and the food was great.  No dishes here, but all things that can be recycled.  AND they know it, because right next to the garbage bins were recycling bins.  How many restaurants in this area do that?
    The vendors in their simplistic trailers were toting farm-fresh ingredients designed to bring comfort to those enjoying.  The food represented would satisfy the carnivore to the vegan, gluten free friend.  At least for me, I find myself enthralled with places like this because there's no pressure to buy a new outfit, no pressure to spend a paycheck on dinner, and I don't know, I just feel like this was how life was before our concrete walls took over.
   If you are looking for something new, and something I believe is better than any 5-star restaurant I have had to play pretentious at, then check it out...bring your friends (it's that kind of place)!
 
 

Good Morning Texas

Posted on 16 November, 2011 at 13:08 Comments comments (2)
About a month ago we were included in a blip about computer recycling that showed 1800GotJunk bringing their items to us for recycling.  We enjoyed a bit of coverage on Good Morning Texas.  See for yourself!
 

America Recycles Day

Posted on 2 November, 2011 at 13:46 Comments comments (8)
 
November 15 is America Recycles Day.  We love this website because it takes you through the steps of organizing your own event and even provides with the advertising swag to make your planning a success.  All it takes is knocking on the door of your neighbors or walking over to the business next to you to get a recycling network started.  If you have always wanted to make a bigger difference, I would start here!  Once you have your items collected, just call to schedule an appointment with us and we'll come and pick-up your items!  Hope to hear from you soon...
 
America Recycles Day website

Arlington Ecofest 2011

Posted on 19 September, 2011 at 10:56 Comments comments (1)
9/19/2011
 
So this past Saturday we were fortunate enough to be a part of a green, family-friendly event hosted by the City of Arlington promoting green-friendly businesses and community contributors called Arlington Ecofest.  It was really great to see so many vendors who offered amazing green products for the home like solar panels and tanks to reduce water usage for various appliances.  Additionally, we really enjoyed the vendors who offered opportunities to get involved in programs and organizations for children through adult.  We spent our day accepting computers and electronics on-site for recycling and meeting a great deal of caring and great people.  Thank you to Arlington for a great event and we look forward to next year!

Electronic Vampires

Posted on 13 September, 2011 at 12:07 Comments comments (2)
9/13/2011
 
 
So after working with a green certified eco-broker on our former radio show, I learned that even leaving your plugs for cell phones, laptops, or other devices in the wall, even when the electronic was not attached, uses electricity.  Evidently when the plug is in the wall, the current is engaged and doesn't stop just because you took your device off the charger.    Just thought I would share this bit of information if you are like me and always looking for ways to reduce your electric bill...especially with this unbearable summer heat we've had!  Just curious, what are some effective ways you have managed to save electricity?

Computer Recycling

Posted on 7 September, 2011 at 11:58 Comments comments (5)
9/7/2011
 
We started our business because we realized so many individuals and companies were/are hoarding computers in closets and forgotten offices.  Sadly, after awhile of "not thinking" about them these electronics end up in the trash.  The truth is the components inside your computers and monitors have various levels of hazardous chemicals in them and if not broken down properly and thrown into a landfill causes toxins to leak into the soil.  While computer recycling is not a perfect system in the U.S., entities like the EPA are striving to keep up with our rapidly growing technological society.  It amazes me that a new computer is outdated after a year and obsolete after 2 years.  It also amazes me that the average cell phone does what the first computer did that took up an entire office building.  I don't where were our society is headed, but I know for us, it feels to good to help other people keep our community informed and headed in the right direction.  If you know someone we can help, we appreciate referrals.  And if you have used us, we appreciate your awareness and business.

Recycled Homes

Posted on 6 September, 2011 at 11:26 Comments comments (0)
9/6/2011
 
This past weekend we headed to Galveston for Labor Day with the family for a little R&R.  It is so hard for us to leave recycling behind because it is always on our minds and in our conversations.  We stopped in Huntsville to see the Sam Houston statue and ended up finding a local artist, Dan Phillips, who designs 100% recycled homes targeted for single parents, artists, and low income families.  There were several homes we were lucky enough to see and snap photos of.  His homes are quirky and inspiring.  (Well, at least to us as this is something we are always talking about doing.)  On further research I found his website and was further inspired because his homes are built by volunteers, again saving money for all those involved.  Just thought I would share his work.  Here's the link to his work and mission...Phoenix Commotion.
 
Do you know of anyone else doing this?  Would love to know!

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