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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.


 

 


Selling & Recycling iPhones

Emily Boser - Thursday, September 08, 2016

 

 

If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod, there are a few different avenues of discarding your old iDevice when an upgrade is in your near future! You can give it away, recycle it or, if your up for it, you can sell it online.

 

Whatever avenue you take, there are a couple things that are crucial to remember before departing with your device…

 

Turn Off ‘Find My iPhone’

This is one of the most important ones. Especially on the iPhones we see come through our recycling channel. If you are trying to do a great thing by recycling your device and keep out of the landfill, chances are who ever recycles it for you is going to first try to reuse it. Provide it with a 2nd or 3rd life. To do so ‘Find My iPhone’ must be turned off. Doing this unlinks the device from your personal iCloud account, allowing it to be activated under the new owner. If this step is not done, the only way the device can be recycled is by dismantling it and breaking it down into it’s parts or commodities.

 

To turn off ‘Find My iPhone’ complete the following steps…

 

  1.      1. On the device go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone > Turn Off
  2.      2. Enter your Apple ID password
  3.  

Erase Personal Information

If you are recycling you iDevice through a certified and reputable electronics recycling like us, ER2, then you can rest assured your personal data will be deleted from the device entirely. However if you are planning on selling or giving away your device to another person, it’s important to remember to remove your personal data yourself.

 

To erase your personal information complete the following steps…

 

 

  1.      1. On the device go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content & Settings
    1.      2. Enter your device passcode
  2.      3. Tap ‘Erase All Content & Settings’
  3.  

*Only do this if you are sure as it will render the device like new and everything will be erased.

 


 

 

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.


 


The Memphis Makeover

Emily Boser - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

 

 

As we are settling into our new building off of 4th Street in the inner city of Memphis, Tennessee, things are coming together. The look and feel of our company and brand has emerged and it’s exciting to say the least!

 

We have had many questions like why do you choose the buildings and locations you do? How do you counter the cost and time to reface these structures? All are valid questions and we answer them the same way we do with anything else.

 

We are responsible. We take the time to look at the resources and make smart spending decisions that allow us to save where we can. We make it a priority to utilize a lot of reclaimed materials to build out facilities and put our own sweat equity into it. We strategically select locations that may not be ‘prime’ real estate to others, but to us they are locations that will allow for regrowth in the surrounding community, and provide jobs to areas that need them.

 

And because we build out these structures with the collaborative suggestions of our team, they turn out stunning. Buildings that we are proud to talk about and excited to show off! Just as this was the case with our Worldwide Headquarters in Mesa, Arizona, so it is with our new location in Memphis, Tennessee.

If you are someone interested in the Electronic Recycling industry and would like a tour of one of our facilities, click the ‘Schedule A Tour!’ link below and we can arrange a time to take you around!

 

 

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Partnering with AZStRUT for their 15th Annual Recycling Day!

Emily Boser - Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 

We are honored to have been asked to partner with Arizona’s AZStRUT for their 15th Annual Recycling Day this Saturday, April 18th. The event will run from 8:00am - 12:00pm and with over 20 locations across the Valley, this is an amazing event that makes it so easy for residents to responsibly recycle those electronics that have been sitting around the house for the last few months - or maybe years!
 
AZStRUT is a non-profit organization whose model program teaches students valuable technology skills; provides quality refurbished computers to schools and non-profits around the state; and benefits the environment by diverting old equipment from our landfills. AZStRUT teachers train over 500 students each year at their 15 refurbishing schools across Arizona!
 
We believe it is incredibly important to educate the public and provide easy outlets for people to take a responsible approach to recycling electronics. Outlets where the public feels safe recycling data-sensitive items such as laptops or cell phones. It is with great excitement we align with AZStRUT to not only keep electronics out of our landfills, but to provide 2nd, 3rd and possibly 4th lives for this equipment by reintroducing back into the system as a form of education for current students.
 
If you would like to drop something off please click here for a full list of locations! 
 
For a list of items we recycle, please click here!
 
 

Reuse Those Sunflowers

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 14, 2014


In Arizona we have some of the hottest summers around! Often times its difficult if not impossible to grow during these hot months. One must be very selective when choosing summer crops. 


Here in our ER2 Garden it's important to us to have a growing garden year round. This is our living example of why we Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. When the heat rolls in our plant of choice is the sunflower. The flowers currently growing in our garden are in the pics above. They are easy to maintain, grow beautifully in our climate and you can have a rotating crop to ensure summer long blooming. Not only that, but there are so many variations of height and color that the possible results are endless! 

Of course being a company that is founded on the principles of repurposing, people often ask us what we do with the sunflower stalks after the season is over. It's a great question and here are the top 5 ways we know of to put those stalks back to use! 

1) Let them dry out and use them as bean poles, or other vegetable supports in the winter. 
2) They can act as a natural fencing. 
3) They produce great shade cover or privacy, especially if you stake them, planting climbing vines around them. 
4) Believe it or not they can be made into musical instruments, like flutes.
5) They can be chopped up and used as kindling during the winter months.


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