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Back to The Basics of Electronic Recycling

Emily Boser - Thursday, November 17, 2016



Sometimes we all could use a refresher, go back to the beginning and understand the fundamentals.


When recycling electronics, whether it be computers, phones, printers servers or switches, it’s important to understand the basics.


SERI (The housing body for the R2 Standard) has put together some great content that covers 5 great topics…


What are used electronics?

Used electronics vary widely in size, shape, weight, age and technological complexity - including everything from last year's high end mobile phone, to a server in a data center. Many of these products can be repaired and reused. All others can be recycled for their scrap materials.


A Growing Problem

Approximately 15 pounds of used electronics are generated per capita worldwide - but less than 20% are recycled. The volume of used electronics is expected to increase over 33% by the end of the decade, with much of that growth coming from emerging economies.


Environment & Data Risks

Electronics can contain mercury, cadmium, phosphors, lead, and other substances that can contaminate the air, soil, and water if sent to a landfill or are otherwise improperly managed. Increasing numbers of electronic devices also contain sensitive user data, including contact information, credit cards, medical histories, photos, and other information.


Repair & Reuse

Reuse is widely recognized as the most environmentally beneficial form of materials management. Repairing and reusing electronics extends the useful life of products and keeps them out of the waste stream. It also recovers more value per unit than any other form of materials management. Not only that, reusing electronics devices reduces the need to manufacture new units, and makes affordable electronics more accessible to a wider range of consumers.



Recovery of valuable metals and other materials from end-of-life electronics provides a sustainable solution when reuse is no longer feasible. “Urban mining” for rare and precious materials contained in electronic devices stretches our planet’s limited supply of natural resources and requires less energy than the mining of new metals.


For more information about the R2 standard click here!



ER2 is an electronic recycling company located in Phoenix, Arizona and Memphis, Tennessee servicing all of the United States and Canada. Providing services that include: Secure Hard Drive Shredding, Electronic Recycling, Computer Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Solutions and Free Pick-up.


America Recycles Day: Keep America Beautiful Contest

Emily Boser - Thursday, November 10, 2016


Keep America Beautiful is a national nonprofit organization who's purpose is to inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. They have a few specific initiatives including; End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities.


Their website is loaded with fantastic resources with plenty of content that will help anyone trying to understand how they can make a dent in our global responsibility to our environment.


In light of America Recycles Day, November 15th, Keep America Beautiful is celebrating with a Sweepstakes!


The America Recycles Day #BeRecycled Sweepstakes can be accessed through the KAB Facebook page and does not require a Facebook login for entry, just the participant’s name, email and zip code. A bonus entry will be rewarded to participants who share a unique URL with friends and family. The sweepstakes is open for entry and will close at 11:59:59 PM EDT Nov. 18. Winners will be contacted shortly thereafter, KAB says.


The grand prize will include a $1,000 gift card to Hayneedle, www.hayneedle.com, a leading online home furnishings and décor retailer, which offers a selection of Green Living products among the world’s largest outdoor living selection, including many items constructed from recycled content. Second prize offers a pair of Trex planter boxes made from 95-percent-recycled content, and third prize is a $250 Hayneedle gift card.


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