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October 6, 2011

What Happens During the Tech Recycling Process?

Holiday season is just around the corner, and that means a host of new gadgets with which to play. But, what should you do with your old electronic devices? While you may consider adding them to the growing pile of junk in the basement or throwing them out, the best choice is to recycle them.

When you throw out your old electronics, you’re taking up increasingly scarce landfill space with valuable resources like plastic, metal, and glass that can be made into new devices. Even worse, you’re putting potential toxic materials and substances in the ground. In fact, many U.S. states treat electronic components as hazardous waste.

So, what exactly happens during the technology and electronics recycling process? Here is a brief overview:

  • Initial pick-up – After determining which electronic items to recycle, a professional recycling company will come to your home or office and palletize items for easy transportation to the processing facility. Documentation should always be provided upon request.
  • Safety measures – Once your items are safely transported to the processing facility, the recycling company will permanently remove all personal and company information from the hard drive. Again, thorough documentation of the destruction of data, software, and hardware should always be provided upon request.
  • Refurbish/resell – After your electronic components have been wiped clear of any sensitive personal information, they are them disassembled and materials, such as steel, copper, aluminum, glass, brass, plastics, and wires, are extracted. The materials are then sold to smelters or the general public and a portion of the profits are retuned to you.  
  • Non-reusable items – All parts, materials, and components that are not re-usable, such as leaded glass cathode ray tubes, are then separated, processed, and recycled either on-site or through an ISO-certified recycling partner nearby.

If you have more electronic items lying around the home or office than you know what to do with, then contact Vintage Tech Recyclers today. We handle everything from start to finish, including palletizing, packaging, transportation, data removal, and recycling. To learn more about our recycling and disposal services, contact us online or dial (877) 625-7945.