Becoming a Landlord

Keeping Your Business Ewaste Recycling Savvy

Any task not directly related to business profits or internal improvements is a cost. Recycling is vital to reducing the heavy tax levied on the planet--and to avoid fines or pickup refusal in many states--and it becomes a cost that can't be avoided...but can it be mitigated? A few efficient investments and planning points can help you either significantly reduce your recycling costs, or make a modest profit in the process.

Decide Between Whole Or Component Recycling

When recycling electronic waste or eWaste, you have two major choices: to recycle full devices (computers, copiers, printers, monitors, and televisions) without taking them apart, or breaking the devices down into their components and metal/other material content.

The easiest way to recycle electronic waste is by bringing in the entire unit. Recycling rates for electronics are a standardized rate based on what is usually inside the systems. Some recycling centers base their rates on types of systems, such as generic computer or computer categories without regard to brand. Other recycling centers may have a database with specific brands, which may be more accurate for pay rates.

The problem is that you're trusting the recycling center to have updated prices for the recyclable content. Are you sure that the averaged price reflects changes in the gold, copper, tungsten, and even platinum in some systems? There could be a spike in a specific scrap material that becomes worth more than the entire unit--or the opposite could happen, and you'd be making a decent profit still.

Trust and convenience is the key. If you want to test out the recycling rates by calculating the contents, taking apart a single test device from each category in your business can help you figure out what to expect. If prices are inconsistent, or if individual materials are far more profitable, you'll need to either task your existing technicians to dismantle devices before recycling or hire a third party team to handle the task.

Make sure that their costs are lower than what you'll gain from recycling, or just stick with recycling whole units.

Organization And Disposal Options

Especially with individual component scrapping, you'll need containers to separate the materials. Unless your business dedicates a day or a week to sending everything off at once, it's easy to mix up the different materials and lose count of what you should be earning.

This can be solved by using color-coded recycling containers. Smaller materials such as copper and/or aluminum heat sinks can be placed in hand-carry totes, while larger materials are better stored in dumpster-sized containers marked specifically for recycling.

Larger containers need to be located far enough away from standard dumpsters to avoid constant trash mixing, which keeps your recycling plan as efficient as possible. For a set of containers to fit large and small disposal needs, contact a container rental  professional.


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