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So you want to expand into ITAD?

Emily Boser - Thursday, January 05, 2017

 

 

We, ER2, recently wrote an article for the E-Scrap News of Resource Recycling surrounding the idea of moving from solely an electronic recycler to a full ITAD (IT asset disposition) service company. 

 

Like most aspects of life, operating in the e-scrap world is more complex than it might first appear. And it’s becoming more complicated for many companies in the market as they try to define a workable business model.

 

Today, there is a deep focus on the environmental responsibility associated with electronic recycling companies, and many operators built their businesses on the principle of handling material in an environmentally conscientious way.

 

However, being a recycler that is focused on commodity recovery without any refurbishment or reuse has become difficult. Over the past few years, commodity prices have softened and precious-metal reclaim efforts have declined. Therefore, as any savvy business owner would do, e-scrap leaders have looked into innovative ways to maximize their revenue and profits from the products they receive.

 

For many, the path forward involves transitioning to become an ITAD (IT asset disposition) service company rather than a pure accumulator of end-of-life electronics that are destined for commodity recovery. While that shift represents a smart long-term financial move for many operators, successfully entering ITAD takes careful planning and an understanding of some key points.

 

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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.


 


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.

 


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.

 


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.


 

 


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.


 


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…

 

  •  
  • • 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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