Electronics waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. The lifespan of our devices is getting shorter, and our demand for the newest high-tech gadgets is getting larger. As this cycle continues, electronics recycling is becoming more and more important.
By not recycling electronics, they end up in landfills or incinerators that release toxic elements like lead, beryllium, and mercury into the environment. Additionally, these materials are dangerous to humans, animals, and delicate ecosystems.
Throwing unwanted electronics into the trash is not only detrimental to the environment, but puts you at risk. Data is retrievable on devices even if they have been wiped clean or are inoperable. Complete destruction of your hard drive is the only way to ensure your data remains unrecoverable.
Recycling is a step in the electronics destruction process. Additionally, recycling occurs after destroying the electronics.
What is Electronics Recycling?
Electronics recycling is the safe disposal of electronics which allows for the reuse of valuable materials that lie inside our devices.
In addition, the process of electronics recycling can vary depending on the device, and its proportions of glass, metal, and plastic. However, the result leads to secure data and a healthy planet.
The Recycling Process
The recycling process begins with the collection of electronic devices. Many hard drive destruction providers offer onsite, drop off, or direct shipment options to collect devices. Additionally, after receiving the documents, the destruction and recycling work begins.
First, devices are taken apart, and the pieces are sorted by components that can and cannot be shredded. Items like batteries, toner cartridges, and fluorescent lights are removed by hand. Additionally, the other remaining pieces continue in the recycling process.
After sorting through the internal circuitry, waste items are shred together in the first size reduction process. Additionally, they are shredded into 100 mm sized pieces to prepare for additional sorting. Additionally, a second size reduction step breaks down pieces into even smaller fragments. Removing dust prevents environmental degradation as well.
Next a powerful magnet removes magnetic materials like iron and steel. Non-magnetic metals (aluminum, copper, and brass) seperate using electrical currents and other technologies. Additionally, the remaining materials separate by using water. This process typically involves plastic and glass.
- Reuse & Recycle
After recycling plastic, you can make new plastic products. You can use glass to make new screens and products like batteries and x-ray shields. Scrap metals can manufacture new steel and other metallic materials.
Combining Electronics Destruction & Recycling
Moreover, you can clear the unwanted technology clutter from your home or office, protect your private information, and protect the environment with electronics destruction.
Once the destruction and recycling process is completed, you will receive a certificate of destruction. This document details the destruction process and includes a chain of custody; a unique serial number; and the date, time, and location of destruction. The certificate provides proof of destruction in compliance with the EPA. Additionally, it protects your company in the case of legal action.
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