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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.


 


3 Benefits of Corporate Garden

Emily Boser - Thursday, October 13, 2016

 

The temperatures are beginning to drop and for those of us at ER2 based out of our Arizona location, it's the perfect time to start our fall garden! We have had a lot of interest from our Team Members surrounding the garden and we believe it's our responsibility to demonstrate what we are protecting. Corporate gardens provide are great investments regardless the industry.

 

HighGrove.net put out a great article about the benifets of having a corporate garden that employees can be a part of. 

 

 

Improved Memory

 

A University of Michigan study published in 2008 found that the more time spent outside in close proximity to plants can help increase memory retention by up to 20 percent. Studies have also shown that time spent in and around plants can increase an employee’s attention span and improve concentration as well as productivity.

 

Stress Reduction

 

Corporate gardens that encourage employees to prune, pluck or pick up a watering can play an important role in helping reduce an employee’s stress. Activities related to gardening offer those of us under stress a distraction and a way to divert our attention to something stress free and good for the environment — like nurturing a plant.

 

Follow a hummingbird from blossom to blossom, or stop and actually smell the roses — sometimes the visual stimulation from a professionally designed commercial landscape is enough to reduce stress and anxiety, too.

 

Encourages On-Site Team Building

 

Many employers will budget for team-building activities, most of which take place off site. Give them a reason to save on transportation costs and create a connection with your property. Just think about the team-building that can be accomplished — and community goodwill — by having raised beds installed to grow vegetables for the needy.

 

 

 


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.


 

 


E-waste Facts - Did you know?

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 18, 2016

 

 

There seems to be a desensitization to e-waste or the understanding of it’s impact, and that could be because it is such a prevalent topic in this technology age. Just like any hot topic, sometimes it’s sobering to here some of the point blank facts about the subject at hand.

 

Earth 911 put together a great article in February of 2016, that lays out some of those facts. Included below are a few of them that may get you thinking about e-waste and recycling in new ways!

 

  1. 1. The United States produces more e-waste annually than any other country. The amount of electronics that Americans throw away every year? 9.4 million tons.
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  3. 2. Only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled, according to the EPA.
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  5. 3. Old television sets as well as CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors contain approximately 4-8 pounds of lead, a neurotoxin. Improper disposal means this toxic substance can leach into the ground.
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  7. 4. Not all e-waste recyclers are the same. There are safer ways to recycle e-waste, and then there are companies that simply export the waste to developing countries. Rather than monitoring the recycling of the e-waste for health and human safety standards in these developing countries, many businesses simply have residents disassemble waste and use scrap metal, exposing the workers to toxic materials. Look for an e-waste recycling company that has been vetted through e-stewards.org.
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  9. 5. There are more mobile phones in existence than there are number of people living on Earth.
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  11. 6. The UN University estimates that global e-waste volumes could increase by as much as 33% between 2013-2017.
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Click here to read additional e-waste facts from Earth 911...




 

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.


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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What does Earth Day mean to you?

Emily Boser - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

The environment is always something that is at the forefront of everything we do here at ER2. Earth Day is every day for us! But we took some time today to ask our employees what Earth Day meant to them and how they see ER2 stepping up to the plate when it comes to protecting our environment. Enjoy, and Happy Earth Day!!

 

 


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!
 
 


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