A Simple Guide For Choosing A Responsible Electronics Recycling Company
Electronic waste, commonly referred to as e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream. Furthermore, the United States produces more e-waste than any other country, with an average annual amount of 9.4 million tons ( That is over 18,800,000,000 pounds!). Along with the growing e-waste problem, hard drive data security is a major concern for all. This article is meant to help guide you through the process of choosing a responsible electronics recycling company to process your e-waste material.
There are a few things to keep in mind when reading this article. The first, is that like most businesses, a recycling company operates to generate profits, while providing sustainable solutions. The important factor, is how the recycling company goes about generating revenue from the e-waste material. We hope this guide helps clear up some common misconceptions, and allows you to find a reliable and secure e-waste recycler.
5 Step Guide
1.) The first step is simple, do some basic research. Check out the websites of the recycling companies you are interested in using. Most companies will provide you with information regarding their processes, certification, etc. Certain websites will also provide testimonials from clients who have used their services. Making a phone call is always helpful. A responsible company would be happy to spend a few minutes discuss how they process their materials.
2.) When choosing a responsible electronics recycling company, you will always want to ensure that you are provided with a Certificate of Destruction. A COD alleviates the legal burden of proper disposal, and helps ensure your materials are not ending up in a landfill or being exported to countries with lax environmental laws.
3.) Having third party certification is also beneficial, such as R2, eStewarts, NAID, etc.
4.) Some articles state that consumers should be wary of a recycling company that offers their service for free. This is not entirely true. Many electronics, such as computers and cell phones, contain a substantial amount of precious metals. Therefore, offering a revenue share on these items is a way to help reduce the cost of one’s overall waste stream. What you should be wary of, are companies that offer free (or substantially low) services for electronics that are considered low grade or that contain potentially hazardous materials such as CRT monitors and televisions. Properly processing these types of items that contain lead, mercury, cadmium, etc. can be costly relative to other electronics.
5.) A responsible electronics recycling company will have a process in place for handling hard drive data destruction properly. Ask the recycling company you are interested in to provide information on their process. In addition, notify them of any industry and monitor, according to the Electronics
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This is an intro guide to choosing a responsible electronics recycling company to handle your ewaste and data destruction. We will provide additional information in later posts. In the meantime, feel free to contact us via phone or email with any questions you may have. We would be happy to help you, whether is it providing you with our recycling services or simply answering a few questions for you.