The What, How, and When of Electronics Recycling

For every new electronic device that hits the market, an old, outdated device becomes earmarked for the scrap pile. As a result, millions of tons of devices are being disposed of each year—even if they still work. Electronic waste is a big problem that has serious consequences for the environment. Plastics and heavy metals tossed in the garbage pollute the air and soil, posing a threat to our ecosystems and health. Fortunately, electronics can be recycled. In this blog, we discuss the what, when and why of electronics recycling.

What is Electronics Recycling?

More households and companies are using environmentally-friendly products and reducing waste. But good intentions only go so far. Recycling an old backup tape or laptop isn’t the same as recycling a piece of paper or cardboard. You can’t just toss a computer in a recycling bin and hope your local municipality will recycle it. Most municipalities have rules for what can and can’t be recycled, and electronics are strictly regulated. “Wish recyclers” and “aspirational recyclers” disrupt municipal recycling efforts and increase the costs of these programs for everyone. At the same time, storing old devices in your basement isn’t secure or safe. So, what’s the solution?

An electronics recycling service helps you safely dispose of and recycle your outdated electronics. Your old computers, hard drives, and mobile devices are picked up from your home or office and securely transported in GPS-tracked vehicles to a secure facility for destruction and e-waste recycling.

How Electronics Recycling Works

Several steps are used during electronics recycling to make sure your devices are disposed of securely and in an environmentally-friendly manner. Electronics are disassembled by hand and the pieces of each device are separated and recycled with a safe, raw-material extraction process. If you wish, data storage devices can be destroyed with specialized hard drive and media shredding equipment that eliminates confidential data. After destruction, the recyclable material is used to produce a variety of new metal and plastic products. A “Certificate of Recycling” is issued to you at the end of the process so you have a full audit chain for each recycled device.

When to Recycle Your Devices

When deciding when to recycle your old devices, consider these factors: safety and risk. Broken devices can leak harmful metals into your home or business, and sensitive data can be extracted from out-of-use devices. So, as soon as electronic devices are decommissioned, they should be recycled. Your electronics recycling partner can help set up a prompt pick up schedule for your home or business.

Now that you understand the benefits of electronics recycling and how an electronics recycling service works, recycle your old devices today.

Richards & Richards offers NAID AAA Certified media destruction and electronics recycling services for businesses throughout Nashville.

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