Motorola Products are Sustainable
- Motorola radios last longer than other brands. The typical radio life is longer than any other handheld device; therefore buying Motorola is a good green choice. For an indication of how true this is, look on EBay for good used radios. What you will find is the majority of radios there that are still functional are mostly Motorola and you will find very few very old radios other than Motorola. Furthermore, we have several large-fleet operators whose Motorola fleet is/was more than a decade old on average prior to their upgrade to newer technology.
- The MTR3000 model repeater are RoHS compliant (limits toxic substances used in the product and the production of it). In addition to this, digital repeaters need only one repeater for 2 simultaneous conversations compared to 2 units required for analogue mode. Brands such as Kenwood and ICOM both require two repeaters to achieve this.
- Having the trunking controller, receiver, and exciter and power amplifier all powered by the same power supply is very efficient. It also keeps the parts count down, reduces shipping, packaging and eventual recycling requirements.
- The RF filter cavities used in repeater systems are made from 100% recyclable aluminum, and have an almost unlimited useable life since there are no electronics in them.
- Motorola often has trade-in programs for its radios. This ensures there is incentive for customers so that end of life radios get recycled rather than them end up in a land fill. The trade-in program has been running for years now on a reoccurring basis.
- Instead of shipping used radios to Motorola, we have asked if it would be possible to donate the used radios to BCIT’s wireless program. They were fully on board and thought this was a good idea. Our proposal offers a trade-in allowance as listed on the pricing sheet.
- Motorola now uses 120VAC to DC switching power supplies rather than the less efficient transformer type.
- Motorola’s new SL7550 is the smallest radio ever made. Having the smallest footprint means less eventual electronics to recycle.
We understand that sustainability goes beyond simply recycling, and to be truly sustainable one must adopt it as a philosophy for living. We are completely on board, and are always looking for new ways to get better. We have learned that being sustainable is often synonymous with being more efficient in many cases, and who wouldn’t want that?
BC Communications’ Recycling and “Green” Efforts
- Metals such as coaxial cable, antennas, heat sinks and hardware are all recycled locally. We get refunded for the total weight, so this is a worthwhile endeavour. It is amazing how many dealers still don’t do this.
- Lead acid based batteries typically used for backup batteries are recycled locally at our nearby Canadian Tire. We could get money for them, but the costs and fuel to get them to the nearest depot is not cost effective.
- Portable and dry cell batteries are boxed and sent to CALL2RECYCLE Canada INC. (TOXCO) in Trail BC.
- TOXCO has been in operation since 1994 and recycles most battery chemistries. Years ago we paid a company to dispose of our batteries properly, only to find out later the company was bankrupt and left barrels of batteries in their abandoned facility. Luckily they did not end up in a landfill. We now do research as to where these items actually go.
- End-of-life electronics such as circuit boards and housings are recycled by “Keep it Green Recycling”. KGR ensures our recyclables are properly cycled through ENCORP Pacific (Canada)’s facilities as well as for paper, plastic and glass containers. Our florescent bulbs are also picked up by KGR and are sent to Light Recycle for proper recycling.
- We have a rollaway bin for cardboard, which is recycled by Urban Impact
- Whenever we have a large order of radios from Motorola, we opt for the bulk packaging option. This means that radios do not get shipped with individual packaging, but rather in a more efficient manner.
- We always stage radio orders. Staging means we unpack and assemble the individual radios so they are ready for the end user. This ensures that the cardboard and plastics are recycled, and as an added benefit it means our customers do not have to spend their time with this monotonous task.
- We recently re-fitted our building with the newer style florescent fixtures. We have timers on our heaters and air conditioners.
- We ensure our company vehicles are newer models, which are more energy efficient and emit fewer hydrocarbons from the fuel they do use.
- We allow employees to take company vehicles home if they have a nearby job the following morning to save time spent in traffic.
- It is important to note that we decided to implement many of these initiatives years ago.