Electronic appliances and devices are now an integral part of modern life. Computers have been indispensable in conducting business around the world, and the almost complete ubiquity of smartphones has dramatically changed the way we communicate on a daily basis. A well-respected global network of professional firms provides advisory services in logistics and supply chain management. As of today, there are more than two billion computers worldwide, which includes servers and desktops. The statistics on smartphones are even more astounding. By the estimates of eCycle Florida a HIPAA-compliant electronics recycle company, answers these questions and offers a handy guide on how to properly dispose of electronic waste.
Ewaste is a particular type of garbage
It is important to realize that e-waste does not look the same as regular trash. While items like broken furniture and non-recyclable containers can be placed in landfills with minimal danger, while yard waste and food can be composted at local heaps, e-waste is different. All electronic devices and appliances contain components that are rare and potentially harmful minerals. They cannot be disposed of as normal. Nearly every state has laws governing electronic waste disposal. This is because erosion of these components can pose a serious public health risk. Computer Recycling is one example of a company that recycles e-waste. They must be licensed and have specialized equipment. They can also be subject to inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), and other relevant government agencies at the state level.
Transportation and collection
Individuals and families are the ones who start e-waste collection. After an electronic device or appliance is broken down or replaced, they drop them off at the local waste transfer station. They will take great care to sort them into the right receptacles. The items are then taken to licensed e-waste recycling facilities by waste technicians. Companies and organizations may organize events to encourage people to donate their electronics to proper disposal. After that, all e-waste collected can be dropped off at a facility. Computer Recycling, one of these companies, offers convenient pick-up services for bulk shipments of electronic waste.
Destruction personal information
After electronic devices and appliances have been received at a licensed processing center, technicians thoroughly inspect them for personal information. These can include banking information and medical information. Any such information that is discovered is destroyed immediately using hacker-proof, cutting-edge technology. This can be done by either a standard wipe of the drive by the US Department of Defense (DOD), or physically destroying it.
Recycling other materials
The remaining components of each item of electronic waste are then separated, disassembled and categorized. These parts can then be prepared for traditional disposal methods. Some parts, such as the monitor glass, can be recycled in the same way as empty bottles. Others, such non-dangerous materials, can be melted and refined to increase their quality before they are reused. After being properly and responsibly recycled, almost every part of e-waste can be repurposed in some way. If any, there is very little waste.
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is a R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for commercial electronic recycling