October 12, 2004 > Bay Area Green Businesses
Bay Area Green Businesses
by Susan Sakaki
Joining the ranks of 400 Bay Area Green Businesses are two companies that not only demonstrate their commitment to the environment by their resource conservation and pollution prevention practices, but have created businesses dedicated to recycling.
Cell Cycle of Fremont is dedicated to stopping the disposal of cell phones and their toxic components. Over 500 million phones will be recycled or thrown in the trash by the end of 2005. A single cell phone battery is capable of contaminating enough water to fill an entire Olympic-sized swimming pool, so proper recycling is important. Cell Cycle promotes awareness of the impact "E-Waste" has on the environment and organizes mobile phone collection programs for individuals, groups, businesses, schools and clubs. In the last few months, Cell Cycle has staged cell phone recycling events with several local elementary and high schools, Fremont Education Foundation, Children's Memorial Hospital, Special Olympics and Mt. Shasta Runners, sharing a portion of the proceeds with these community groups.
Cell Cycle was founded by four long-time friends looking to make a positive difference in the world. "We want to help contribute to organizations that are interested in making our world a better place as well as protect the environment from the effects of improperly discarded phones," says Kris Colt, Cell Cycle CEO. In keeping with their environmental vision, they earned their Green Business certification by demonstrating their water and energy conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention practices. They use rechargeable batteries and appliances - common household batteries are also a source of toxics in landfills. In their office operations, they re-use paper and other supplies and recycle everything possible. For more information on Cell Cycle visit www.cellularcycle.com or call 510-791-0439.
Another recycling Green Business is Best Graphic Image (BGI), operating in Fremont since 2001. Manager Dave Sagar helps customers save money and "reduce, reuse, recycle" by offering both used and new computer peripherals, and by refurbishing used components to extend their lives. BGI takes in used laser printer and inkjet cartridges and sells remanufactured toner cartridges. BGI is as a one-stop shop for computer needs, repairing printers and selling computer peripherals and supplies to personal users and large and small businesses; they also offer pick-up and delivery service. In "greening" their own operations, they instituted several energy conservation measures, reducing their energy bill by 15%. For more information on BGI visit www.bestgraphic.com or call 510-490-9717.
The Alameda County Green Business Program is a partnership of government and business, including local regulatory agencies, cities and local utilities. The technical assistance and certification services are free to businesses. For information on certification or for a list of Green Businesses, call Pamela Evans at 510- 567-6770 or visit the web site at www.greenbiz.ca.gov.