Scrap Yards and Electronics Recycling
in ecoTech News
This past April, ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) held their annual convention in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve attended the past several events and this year was lucky enough to be asked to speak as part of the Electronics Recycling’s Educational Committee. The turnout for the event was much larger than I had anticipated and the other speakers did a fantastic job highlighting how to enter into the world of electronics recycling.
My topic, “How to Integrate Electronics Recycling into a Traditional Scrap Yard”, is something that I’m extremely familiar with and also am passionate about. Having grown ecoTech directly out of a traditional scrap recycling facility, I’ve been through the up’s and down’s as to what needs to be done and how to potentially be profitable on this side of the business. The most important thing for both consumers and for scrap recyclers to realize is that there is value to almost all electronics that we have deemed “scrap” or “obsolete”. It’s also important for both the consumer and recycler to understand that unlike their traditional materials, they need to handle them in a different way.
Electronics contain hazardous materials, as well as data containing devices, which if mishandled, can cause serious issues for both the consumer and the environment. Storage, data security, and handling are all major factors that need to be taken into account before a company decides to get involved in this industry. It’s also important for the consumer to understand what the next steps and processes will be to ensure that the material they have will be properly disposed of.
At ecoTech, our experience in handling both traditional scrap and electronics is one of our strongest assets and sets us apart from other recycling facilities. Whether you are interested in getting involved in this industry or hoping to properly recycling your old computer, be sure to ask questions and figure out what will work out best for everyone involved.