If you’re in charge of any electronics at the office, you know that any time someone has any type of question even somewhat related to IT equipment, you’re the default go-to person.

That’s because everyone assumes that since you how a computer works—and computers are such a complex topic for most people—you probably have all the answers to everything else.

The same is true for e-waste recycling. Getting rid of electronics can be a complex topic.

Electronic waste disposal is the fastest growing waste stream worldwide. In the U.S alone, 5 million tons of e-waste are disposed of, but less than 14% of all e-waste is recycled.

As businesses and organizations look to make a bigger impact with their e-waste management programs, they’ll need a resident expert to show them the way. Check out these videos on e-waste recycling to become the go-to person that your office really needs.

1. The Wasteland

If you’ve dealt with e-waste at any point over the last decade or so, then you’ve heard about Guiyu, China, a village in eastern Guangdong province that was once known as the “e-waste capital of the world.” This “60 Minutes” piece is one of the most in-depth stories to date about what happens when e-waste is exported overseas.

2. The Story of Stuff

“The Story of Stuff” is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues—including the e-waste problem—and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

3. The Story of Electronics

Piggybacking off “The Story of Stuff,” this video explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green “race to the top” where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

4. The Circuit: Tracking America’s Electronic Waste

This video catches up again with a team that tracks e-waste that gets illegally exported overseas. It’s an eye-opener and a reminder that not all e-waste recycling is done properly.

5. The Surplus Service Difference

Our President, Lou Ramondetta, was recently interviewed by the local Small Business Development Center. In addition to talking about what it takes a to grow a small business, Lou gives people a behind-the-scenes look at how Surplus Service handles e-waste through upcycling and he talks about the unique way that our company gives old electronics a second life.


Surplus Service is a San Francisco, CA Bay Area-based award-winning e-waste management business that specializes in ITAD, medical recycling, electronic liquidation, reverse logistics and data eradication. As the No. 1 electronic reuse and recycling leader, our goal is to provide eco-friendly solutions that lead to the reuse of electronics rather than just having them recycled or end up in a landfill. To learn more about us, call one of our e-waste recycling specialists at (510) 226-0600 or email us at Info@SurplusService.com.