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Oct 2014

Phone Recycling- Home, Office and Cell Phones

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Phone Recycling- Home, Office and Cell PhonesPhones, whether it’s an office/home phone or a cell phone, will eventually need to be recycled. Though the novelty of having a rotary phone is still fun and nostalgic, it’s essential to understand a few things about why phones, especially cell phones, are great items to recycle and reuse.

Precious Metals- In each phone, there are numerous precious metals that can be harvested through shredding and other refining techniques. Cell phones are extremely precious metal rich and have a higher value than even a desktop computer.

Reuse- Cell phones can have a second, third, or fourth life. They retain their basic functions and can be refurbished and remarketed to a large secondary marketplace. Even old office phones can be touched up and put back into another office. Sometimes the latest and greatest technology, though new, may not be the most cost effective solution when outfitting an office.

Copper- Copper wiring is just about everywhere. Even while reading this post right now, you are more or less within a foot of multiple copper wire sources. All the cabling that keeps us connected has a varying degree of copper in it. On top of that, many of the wire ends have precious metals attached to increase performance. There is plenty of value to it!

Knowing what your gadgets are made of up will more likely than not put a little bit more money in your pocket at the end of the day. Whether it’s reuse or recycling, there is money in those gadgets!

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10

Sep 2014

The Woes of TV Recycling

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Televisions are now thinner, sharper, and better than ever. Yet we still come across “antique” wooden models that seemed to have become make-shift coffee tables much like the CRT computer monitor has become a new paperweight. Even some of the “new” models from the early 2000’s have the old, bulky design. They are a nightmare to pack, stack and ultimately recycle. It has become a major challenge to recycle this seemingly never ending stream of material. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so challenging to recycle old televisions:

Design- TV’s were not designed with recycling in mind. They contain a great deal of leaded glass and “empty” space. The repackaging TV’s so that they can be recycled is difficult due to the shape and weight. It is difficult to maximize the amount of TV’s you can fit onto a trailer without having them fall off of their skids and potentially break.

Leaded Glass- This is something that is present in most all older model TV’s. It is expensive to dispose of and properly recycle. There has been some debate as to whether or not the new process of using treated glass as daily alternative landfill cover is a good alternative to smelting. This is not a process ecoTech uses, however it may still be a suitable disposition for this hazardous and expensive to recycle material.

Transportation- Because of the expensive process to remove and process the leaded glass, along with the inability to repackage TV’s, it is a logistics nightmare to make packing a trailer of TV’s worthwhile financially. Because there are only a handful of creditable companies handling leaded glass, it’s important to make sure they end up at the right place, which may result in shipping them half way across the country and possibly the world.

TV recycling is a difficult process, but also one of the most important focuses of the electronics recycling industry. In time, this will become a portion of the industry that won’t be as prevalent due to the fact that this type of material isn’t being produced anymore. However for the time being, there are still millions of units in the world that need to be processed and working with a recycling facility who can track their material to its final disposition is key.

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02

Sep 2014

Refurbishing and Reusing Electronics

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Refurbishing and Reusing Electronics

The old electronics that once were top of the line are more than likely sitting in a desk or closet at this point. Their lives have come to an end for the purposes that you had originally intended it to serve. As the life-cycle of electronics continues to shorten, it’s resulting in a surplus of working electronics with outdated technology. However it’s important to recognize that although it may not be able to download the latest and greatest programs and applications, it may have a second life.

Second and Third World countries are hungry for many of our obsolete electronics. Not for recycling, but for refurbishment and reuse. Cell phone towers that once supported our old devices are now being sent to other countries so that they can support them once again. As humans, we want to be connected and the reuse of electronics allows for this to occur. Rather than recycle and refine old electronics, giving them a second and third life-cycle is a great solution to a problem that will only continue to grow.

The more electronics that are put onto the market, the more we will have to manage. By taking a look at the remarketing and refurbishment of material, it could end up bringing much needed technology and education to those who might have been forced to go without it.

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