What is electronics recycling? In a nutshell, electronic recycling is a massive sorting operation. The tons of material we receive is broken down into 4 classes. Hazardous or poisonous waste which we call Focus Material is the highest priority. These are the parts that contain nasty stuff such as lead, mercury and cadmium to name a few. Next are items that hold personal data such as hard drives and cell phones. This is our second priority (although no less important). One these have two have been identified we are left with 2 other categories, commodity items that have no individual value and items that are candidates for repair and resale.
E-waste is growing faster than any other waste stream of recycling. Production of ever newer electronic devices means more and more electronic items are rendered obsolete and sadly, they often end up in our landfills.
So here are a few tips should you elect to do the right thing and get these devices recycled responsibly:-
1. Choose a reputable electronic recycler
There are a lot of places that claim to be responsible electronics recyclers but in fact are not. Look for a recycler certified to a standard such as R2 (Responsible Recycling) or RIOS. These companies are regularly audited by independent registrars who verify that every step of the recycling process conforms to a set of extremely exacting standards. R3Ewaste is certified to R2, RIOS and ISO 14001.
2. Gather all unwanted electronics in one space
It’s a lot less cost for everyone if you gather up all electronics at one time! Sending a truck across town to pick up a printer costs the same as the same truck picking up 20 items. Ask your neighbors and friends. The chances are they have stuff gathering dust somewhere too!