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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.


 


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.

 


Trade Shows: More Than Just Sales

Emily Boser - Thursday, September 22, 2016

 

 

Typically the first thing business’ think when they hear ‘trade show’ is sales opportunities. While that may be a big portion of them it’s important to remember trade shows are more than just sales.

 

For us, at ER2, trade shows provide an important platform for some awesome face time with our current client base. Face time that we would otherwise not necessarily get the chance to have. Trade shows put us out in front of our clients and provides a really easy and relaxed way to interact with them. And because the sales side of it is always going to be there it actually reaffirms for our clients, the many reasons they chose to do business with us in the first place.

 

The key to this valuable interaction is knowing when it will be an opportunity. When we evaluate trade shows and determine which ones we will attend we are taking a look at few factors.

 

What is the related industry for the trade show?

 

Who will the attendee’s be at the trade show?

 

Have we participated in this trade show in prior years?

 

Based off the previous questions, does the trade show provide a sales platform, a client engagement platform or both?

 

For example there are certain trade shows we participate in every year even though most of the attendees are already our clients. We may have a few new client opportunities, however the main purpose for our attendance is simply to connect face to face with our existing clients in a fun environment. It’s an fantastic to pull feedback from our clients, what works for them and maybe what’s not working.

 

Next time a trade show opportunity arises, filter it through the questions and really understand the full potential of attending. Looking past the sales aspect of trade shows can add value and bring new interactions between you and your clients.

 

 


 

 

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.


 

 


Effective Communication

Emily Boser - Thursday, September 01, 2016

  1.  
  2. Communication in the workplace is inevitable, but effective communication in the workplace does not come quite as easily. It’s important to refresh our communication skills to ensure the cogs keep oiled and things continue to move forward.

 

What is communication?

 

  1. Communication is defined as the imparting or exchanging of information or news.

 

What are some ways in which we communicate?

  • • Listening
  • • Verbal
  • • Written
  • • Visual
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If we can agree that communication is both delivering information and receiving information it is helpful to remember a few things for both!

 

When delivering information remember to…

 

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  • • Recap the take away or important details
  • • Be aware of your body language
  • • Know what you want the other person to take away
  • • Understand the variable of interpretation
  • • Stay focused
  • • Ensure accuracy in statements
  • • Ask pointed questions
  • • Maintain correct influxes in your voice
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When delivering information remember to…

 

  • • Regurgitate your take away’s
  • • Focus on the information being communicated
  • • Refrain from interruption
  • • Limit distractions
  • • Ask clarifying questions
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Over things to remember about communication…

 

• There are no stupid questions

  • • What you say is not necessarily what others hear
  • • None of us are perfect communicators
  • • Questions are good; when delivering or receiving
  • • People do not communicate in the same ways
  • • There is always room to improve our communication
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The takeaway…

 

Whether delivering or receiving information, reviewing and regurgitating that information will only improve communications!

 

 

 


2 Second Lean; Bringing it Home

Emily Boser - Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

 


As a growing business with one or two facilities you learn and pull concepts or principles from other companies that inspire you. You figure out what works and what doesn’t work, developing the culture as you go.

 

Larger companies like an Apple for example, have a main campus that serves as a corporate headquarter, training center and really an inspirational masterpiece for the rest of the company. It’s a place to recapture the essence of what makes the company great.

 

What’s really neat is being able to learn or adopt a concept from another company and then eventually visiting or touring their facility to immerse yourself in the experience.

 

This is exactly what we were able to do this past week. As part of our culture we’ve adopted a Lean Mentality. We strive to continuously improve, make changes and develop ourselves. We’ve used FastCap LLC as our guiding force and have taken the ideals that they live and breath daily, to develop our own journey at ER2.

 

A few of the leadership team headed up to Bellingham, WA and participated in a tour of the FastCap facility. There we were, standing in the middle of a company we have learned so much from, immersed in an extreme lean environment. Everywhere we looked, lean thinking was implemented, every person we talked to had lean concepts flowing through them. This was the Disneyland of Lean to us!

 

With the understanding that what works for one may not work for another, we were able to put together a list of take-aways, we recognized, that could make us and our team even better.

 

Bringing the excitement of Lean home to our facility has laid the groundwork for us to take the next steps of our Lean Journey, and we are thrilled for whatever comes next!

 

 


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.


 


 

 


Your skills can make a difference!

Emily Boser - Thursday, July 21, 2016

 


Getting to know your team is vital to the culture and comradery of a business. Everyone has different talents and passions, it’s what make us all unique.

One of our Team Members, Steve, loves photography, especially nature photography, specifically birds. He spends well invested time waiting for the perfect moment to photograph these amazing creatures.

 

However, Steve does not just take these photos for his own pleasure, he’s made it a priority to find way to use his photographs to help others. Over past years, Steve has partnered with the Down Syndrome Network to donate some of his best work to their silent auctions. All the proceeds from the auction goes to the ongoing education, support and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome.

 

The most recent donation he made was a company favorite of a fuzzy little duckling!

 

“I am super proud to have my work featured in the Down Syndrome Charity auction.” Steve said. “This will be the third year that I have participated in the auction as a contributing artist. It’s nice to be able to share my photography with others and help out a great cause all at the same time. DSNetworkaz.org is a great organization and this year we were proud to donate close to $30,000.00 to the Down Syndrome Network.”

 

For us at ER2, this is something we choose to encourage our team in. We want them to grow in their passions and continuously improve their skills.

We are so proud to have a wonderful group of people working together to make a positive impact on our communities!

 

For more information about the Down Syndrome Network check out the links below…

 

Charity Auction Information

DSNetwork Information




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.

 



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