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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.

 


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.



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.

 

 


Electronic Power Solutions - When the Lights go out!

Emily Boser - Thursday, August 11, 2016

 

 

Whether it was recent or some time in the distant past, we’ve all dealt with a power outage. If not, count yourself lucky! These outages can go for minutes or days but either way it’s nice to have a solution in your back pocket for times like this.

 

In today’s world back up batteries are used in all sort of applications. Businesses especially put forth the efforts to ensure that if there were any sort of power loss, business could continue with out a hitch. This is more evident in places like data centers, who rely on a constant flow of power pulsing through their buildings. If they were to loose power with out a back up power solution, it would effect anyone and everyone that stored any kind of data with that company!

For home and small office’s there are several viable options when it comes to back up power.

 

1. UPS’s

UPS’s (Uninterrupted Power Supply) are one of the most common options of power alternative when your main supply is m.i.a. While depending on the unit, the majority of UPS’s only offer a few extra minutes of power. However, those minutes can be critical and provides the much needed time to save what’s needed on computers or other devices before shutting down.

 

2. Generators

These are more viable options for those wanting hours of power should the lights go out. They can be gas powered or solar powered and produce enough power to run quite a few items. You can find generators handy in several situations but typically see them in motorhomes and trailers, allowing for off-grid living for periods of time.

 

3. Portable Battery Packs

These devices must be pre-charged, but will provide enough power to recharge your mobile devices fully 1-3 times depending on the variables. While they won’t be all that useful for larger devices or appliances, they definitely come in handy to keep a cell phone charged in order to make and receive calls.

 

Not matter your situation, home or office, it’s a good idea to take a look at the options. Better to be prepared than risk loosing valuable information on a computer system, or not having the ability to stay connected. An awesome solution to purchasing these items new, is to find an authorized refurbisher that can provide them at a deeper discount while maintaining the reliability you want!

 
 

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.


 


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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