It is our goal at G-Watch.org to highlight Industries who are trying to make our world a cleaner place to live. The Self Storage industry, which has over 50,000 storage facilities in the United States, is starting to implement the use of solar panels and offering E-waste recycling centers. These ideas are not only helping self storage operators save money, but they are also attracting new customers, and helping them reduce their carbon footprint.
Solar Power for Self Storage Buildings
For self-storage buildings with low energy use (not climate controlled) the idea of using solar energy can be a financially smart. Depending on the investment, which can be reasonable after governmental tax credits, solar energy can mean the elimination of electricity bills. Electricity costs, local and state incentives, and whether a building receives enough sunlight are the issues that self storage operators must consider.
Self Storage facilities are typically large in stature, comprising in excess of 60,000 square feet of space. Self Storage properties have very unique designs that single or two storage structures that are spread out in a horizontal fashion. As a result, self storage facilities are elongated over large parcels of land with flat roof giving them vast amounts space for installing solar panels.
Self Storage Facilities as E-Waste Centers
In the United States it is estimated that the nation dumps approximately 300 million to 400 million electronic items each year, and less than 20% of that e-waste is recycled. E-waste is responsible for 2% of all trash in American landfills, but shockingly, it represents 70% of all toxic waste!
E-waste, or electronic waste, is considered anything that you plug in to a wall that you want to dispose of. Most States and Local Governments prohibit the disposal of E-waste by local trash companies in landfills. For example, in California, According to the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, it is illegal to dispose of unwanted electronic devices in the regular trash. These items include, but are not limited to: computers, televisions, and monitors. It is the intent of the Electronic Waster Recycling Act to have nonfunctioning electronics to be repaired and recycled.
Self Storage Centers Make a Great Spot to Dispose of E-Waste
The fact is that self storage facilities are located in most US Cities and neighborhoods. And with 1 out of 10 American house-holds actively renting storage space, self storage facilities are a regularly visited by a large portion of our society. Many self storage facilities are now offering E-waste disposal as one of their services. After all, self storage centers have a captive audience of tenants who would like to not pay for the storage of old television sets and computers.
The self storage center will either use one of its existing storage units as an E-waste Center or provide a storage container for such use. Typically the storage operator will partner with a professional e-waste disposal company to provide the reporting materials and disposal of the e-waste.
Going Green is Marketing Smart for Self Storage Centers
Adding solar panels and creating e-waste centers at storage facilities can be much more than just saving money and becoming more environmentally friendly. The panels also serve as a marketing tool and E-waste centers can be a good marketing tool. In the case of an E-waste center, although the self storage facility is not generating rent from its storage unit anymore, many self storage operators say that they have picked up new clients who come by the property to get rid of their E-waste. So, at the end of the day, simple marketing does play its role, do you want to go with a self storage business that is trying to make the world a better place or a self storage facility that does not?