Firm to help replace flood-damaged UPS
Posted October 17, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:34:00 10/16/2009
Filed Under: Disasters (general), Energy, Flood
MANILA, Philippines—A power and cooling management provider has launched a “green campaign” where Filipinos can trade their non-working units of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) damaged in the recent floods for discount vouchers.
APC Senior Vice President for Home and Business Networks Dave Johnson said the company’s “Green Disposal Days” and “Trade-UPS Program” aims to assist residents of areas flooded by tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng in the proper disposal of their damaged UPS or battery backup units.
Johnson shared that after the floods, customers have called the firm’s customer care department seeking advice on how to properly dispose or diagnose their damaged UPS units.
The significant spike in the number of customer calls prompted APC to launch these green programs for proper disposal of UPS units, said Johnson.
“After the two typhoons submerged almost the whole of Luzon in floods, another major concern is the proper disposal of significant number of UPS units that were damaged by the floods. We encourage Filipinos who have damaged UPS, regardless of what brand it is, to participate in these green initiatives as a small step to protect the environment,” said Johnson.
Jim Tobojka, APC Philippines manufacturing general manager, said all returned UPS units will be transported to APC’s manufacturing and recycling facility in Cavite, where the units will disassembled and the components undergo recycling and disposal in partner facilities with ISO: 14001 certification.
Tobojka said consumers who want to get their UPS batteries replaced can also avail of the battery replacement program, wherein they deposit their old batteries in exchange for vouchers to buy a new one.
For the “Green Disposal Days,” customers can dispose their flood-damaged UPS in exchange for discount vouchers for up to 15 percent in drop-off points located at Silicon Valley, PCWorx and Thinking Tools outlets in Metro Manila and Cebu, said Philippe Reveilhac, country manager for APC Philippines.
Under the “Trade-UPS program,” customers can trade-in their non-working UPS regardless of brand for UPS discount vouchers of up to 15 percent, the executive said.
All entry-level to higher-end models can be given to distributors Innovista and MSI-ECS Philippines with outlets nationwide between October 19 and December 31, he added.