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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.


 


A Fresh Start in a Rough Area

Emily Boser - Thursday, October 06, 2016

 

We were recently featured on News Channel 3 in Memphis, TN via an interview with our General Manger, Tyler Whitney. They put together a great video that does a really great job of laying out who we are and our vision to Be Responsible. Below is the article...

 

Click here to check out the video!


 

MEMPHIS, Tenn --"I had a friend I shared a vision with on how business and a social enterprise could pair up well together," said Tyler Whitney of ER2, Electronic Responsible Recyclers.

 

Chris Ko and Rick Krug, owners of ER2, have their base facility out of Pheonix, AZ. They recently began looking for another location further east to expand.

 

With access to many distribution points and great customer landscape they were able to settle on Memphis for their second base location.

They then decided to choose a location in Downtown to fulfill their company’s desire for sociality.

 

"Wanting to be in a community that needs some revitalization we bought an old abandoned warehouse and put a bunch of money, time, and effort into it," explained Whitney. He spoke about their vision of responsibility to their partners, their team members, their environment, and their community in the 38126 zip code.

 

"This area is really under served, not a lot of employment opportunities. So we give a lot of employment opportunities [to those] that aren't going to find it elsewhere," shared Whitney. He continued, "it could be from criminal records, poor education, [or] a lot of different reasons, but we take the best from the area to teach them and coach them and be patient with them to help build all aspects of their life."

 

With its recent reconstruction finished and their company in full swing, Whitney hopes to continue the growth in the company as well as the community. Since they opened for business in May they have grown from 1 employee to 20 with no signs of stopping.

 

ER2's main purpose is to partner with businesses that have old IT equipment that is on its way out or needs to be destroyed. Companies can arrange a pickup or drop off of the equipment and ER2 will recycle it in a responsible way. This could be refurbishing and reselling it or scraping it.

 

If they need to scrap a product they deconstruct it and sell off the commodities after pulling any data contained in the device. With all that done they can properly destroy the data and repurpose the equipment. At the end of it all, companies will receive an itemized inventory of the equipment to wipe from their books.

 

"It's exciting to see a lot of businesses, including ours, invest in the city, with time and money to see that this city is changed," said Whitney.

 

 


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!

 

 

 


Lean Team Cleaning!

Emily Boser - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

 

 

Team cleaning ER2 style! We gathered the troops and took to cleaning our warehouse!



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