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.
Electronics that are not recycled end up in landfills or incinerators that release toxic elements like lead, beryllium, and mercury into the environment. These materials are very 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. Once your devices are destroyed, the remaining pieces are re-purposed and recycled.
What is Electronics Recycling?
Electronics recycling is the safe disposal of electronics that allows for the reuse of valuable materials that lie inside each our devices.
The process of electronics recycling can vary depending on the device and its proportions of glass, metal, and plastic; but the result is the same, protected data and a protected 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. Once the devices have been received 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. Some of these items can be reused; other remaining pieces continue in the recycling process.
After sorting through the internal circuitry, waste items are shredded together in the first size reduction process. They are shredded into 100 mm sized pieces to prepare for additional sorting. A second size reduction step breaks down pieces into even smaller fragments and any dust is discarded safely to prevent environmental degradation.
A powerful magnet is then used to remove magnetic materials like iron and steel. Non-magnetic metals (aluminum, copper, and brass) are separated using electrical currents and other technologies. The remaining materials, typically plastic and glass, are separated using water.
- Reuse & Recycle
Plastic is recycled to make many new plastic products. Glass can be used to make new screens and products like batteries and x-ray shields. Scrap metals can be used to manufacture new steel and other metallic materials.
Combining Electronics Destruction & Recycling
You can clear the unwanted technology clutter from your home or office, protect your private information, and feel satisfied in your choice to protect the environment with electronics destruction. All bases are covered when it comes to thorough and environmentally friendly disposal of you electronics.
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 that your electronics were destroyed in compliance with the EPA, as well as protects your company in the case of legal action.
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