How To Begin Electronic Recycling At Your Company
Electronic devices are an important part of every office. Rapidly changing technology means e-waste recycling is more important than ever for businesses. The modern office likely has drawers filled with dated mobile devices, broken tablets, low-performance laptops, and charger cables galore. A more traditional office probably has a corner of a storeroom overflowing with broken or dated printers, empty ink cartridges, and old electric binding equipment that no longer serves a purpose.
If either of these office scenarios sounds familiar and you cringe every time you see old equipment piling up, it might be time to research the benefits of starting an electronic recycling program at work.
Understand Why Old Electronics Pile Up In Offices
You may assume management is just having a hard time letting go of “valuable” equipment that the company once paid top dollar for. However, the real reason more likely has to do with the strict local and federal laws around proper disposal of electronics.
Most electronic devices have some type of hazardous material that cannot be safely disposed of in landfills. They can include:
- Hexavalent chromium
- Brominated flame-retardants
- Polyvinyl chloride
- Polychlorinated biphenyls
Options To Dispose Of Electronics
Companies have several options for e-waste recycling. Depending on the location and needs of each business, they will usually choose one of the following ways to dispose of old electronic devices.
Electronics Buy-Back Programs
Businesses may participate in buy-back programs at office supply and electronic stores. The company can trade in outdated devices and get cash to purchase upgraded equipment.
Companies can donate electronics still in working condition to schools, low-income families, and nonprofit organizations. They can write donations off on their taxes.
Find an E-Cycling Service Near You
Many companies choose to partner with a local e-cycling company. These recycling services offer legally-compliant electronic recycling programs for businesses.
Start An E-Waste Recycling Program
If your Chicago area company is interested in electronics recycling, it’s important to partner with a collector or recycler that has been vetted by the Illinois EPA. These partners ensure that your devices are properly wiped, recycled for usable materials, then shredded and disposed of according to EPA guidelines.
E-Waste Pickup Service
Many commercial e-cyclers do not accept one-off pieces. Instead, they will schedule large pickups or drop-offs. This means your company should have a place to store used electronics in your office until it is time to recycle them.
Companies normally pay a fee for the electronics collector to pick up e-waste. Depending on whether the collector partners with a recycler that demanufactures or shreds the electronics, there may be an opportunity for your company to make a small profit on the materials salvaged from your old devices.
Just as with private recycling companies that collect metal, plastic, glass, and paper, each e-cycler will have a different process, and it will be up to your company to weigh the benefits of working with one vendor over another. Whether your company still has filing cabinets filled with documents, or you work at an ultra-modern paperless office, all businesses use electronics and can benefit from e-waste recycling!
Learn More About CRI’s Electronic Recycling Services in Chicago
If you’re interested in starting an electronic recycling program at work, contact Combined Resources at 630-693-0111 for a free recycling audit. We can help your company reduce your environmental impact one device at a time.
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