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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.

 

Recycling

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.


 


ER2 Perspective: ITAD Expansion

Emily Boser - Thursday, September 15, 2016

 

 

With the E-Scrap Conference just around the corner in New Orleans there will be discussion across the board surrounding a broad spectrum of industry topics!

 

One of those topics particularly, ITAD, has been of peak interest to many in the electronic recycling facet. There are so many things to consider when breaking into the ITAD sector, a lot that most overlook.

 

We, ER2, recently published an article in the September issue of E-Scrap News in partnership with Resource Recycling regarding this very topic...

 

Click here to download the article!

 

 

 


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.


 

 


Recycling Batteries - What Really Happens?

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 04, 2016

 


 

Recycling is more relevant than ever. In general we are making better and better decisions as humanity to intentionally recycle what we can. However, it's always interesting to know how things are recycled.

 

In this instance let's look at batteries. What actually happens to them once we've used them up? How are they recycled? Is it different depending on the battery? Let’s take a look at a few different types...

 

Alkaline

Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, etc.) are recycled 100%. The recycling process separates them into 3 different products that are reintroduced in to the market place for reuse.

 

Lead Acid

These batteries are broken into plastics, lead and sulfuric acid. The plastics are melted and put through an extruder that produces small plastic pellets for reuse. The lead parts are cleaned and heated inside a smelting furnace where impurities separate and float to the top. What’s left is can be re-melted and reused in new batteries. Sulfuric Acid is neutralized and turned into water which is then treated, cleaned and tested to ensure it meets clean water Standards.

 

Lithium Ion

Commonly known as the batteries you find in a laptop or cellphone, lithium ion batteries are 100% recycled. The plastics and metal components are separated and the metals are then heated in order to segregate the different materials. i.e. nickel, iron, manganese, and chromium)

 

These are just a few of the battery types we come in contact with on a regular basis. Understanding the components and what happens during the recycling process helps us comprehend the impact that we have when we choose to recycle!

 

Source: Battery Solutions


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.


 


Free Health Insurance for our Team Members? Yes!

Emily Boser - Thursday, March 10, 2016


In recent years providing health care coverage has become a growing necessity from employers to employees. Health care benefits can be an important component to any companies benefit package. Naturally, the better the package, the better the incentive for the employee to remain at the company.

Due to the requirements of current health care laws, every one is required to have their own health insurance, but too often we hear that cost is a major deterrent. We wanted to ease that monthly burden.

 

ER2 believes that our people are the reason we succeed in business. They are the pillars that hold our company up tall and strong. At the start of 2016 we took the initiative to invest in the future of our employees and provide all full time Team Members with new benefits. Our health care coverage includes; medical expenses, dental, vision, disability, and life. The most exciting aspect of this new benefit? We are covering our teams monthly costs!

Part of our vision is to ‘Be Responsible’ to our Team Members and this is one, very important, way that we can do that.


GreenBiz Countdown - ER2 is on the panel!

Emily Boser - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

 

After getting some food in our stomaches and less than an hour before we take the stage at the GreenBiz Conference, with much larger companies than ourselves such as Dell, Arrow Electronics and Sprint, we are left with a feeling of honor and pride. As you look across this panel, you might pose the question, how ER2 managed to land a spot among these corporate giants? At first we thought the same thing! But as we examined our company and not what we do but how we do it, we were once again reminded of how special and unique our business truly is.

 

We have an honest desire to live an breath our vision to 'Be Responsible', and it set's us apart from the rest. We give our partners a peace of mind that goes beyond any other company we've seen. We are meticulous in maintaining excellence down to the appearance our warehouse floors! With that kind of attention to detail our partners are confident in us, from handling their data to providing proper documentation.  

 

We give back to the community where ever we can. We see a need and figure out how we can meet it. This year alone we have put over 80 hours of our own time as a team to help those in need with in our community. From gutting rotting houses to providing affordable school laptops to kids that otherwise would not have the means to purchase them.

 

We continue to maintain a zero landfill impact as the environment is a forethought in everything we do. We place high value in pouring resources into our company garden, where our team members have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a real life example of what we protect on a daily basis. This garden has not only served to bring the environmental piece of our vision to life, it has also create many teaching and learning opportunities. We utilize it to facilitate endless team building exercises! 

 

Lastly we want to pour into, develop and grow our team members. Our people are the most important part of our business. Each person brings a very unique skill set and genius, making them an invaluable asset. We also work directly with a local ministry to provide work for some who have not had a great past but are now wanting to make a difference. No matter what walk of life one comes from, we believe people deserve a second chance. One of our owner's puts it well, "We are not just in the business of repurposing electronics, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to repurpose their lives!" - Chris Ko


For all these reasons and more, we are so excited to be among the giants in this panel and brag (just a little!) about who ER2 is! We believe day in and day out we are making a difference, we are being responsible.  

 

 



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