What Is Upcycling?

Today every business and industry has a number of electronic devices. The useful life of this equipment will end at some point and disposing of it in an environmentally responsible manner will become necessary. As the number of these surplus electronics increases dramatically every year, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, their proper disposal through upcycling becomes even more critical.

Here are just a few reasons why the proper disposal of surplus electronics is important.

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Toxic Waste

E-waste accounts for only about 2% of what ends up in America’s landfills. But it equals 70% of the overall toxics in a landfill.

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A Growing Problem

In California alone, we produce, on average, 200 million pounds of electronic waste a year, according to CalRecyle.

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Obsolete Equipment

Since 2005, e-waste collection in California has reached 2 billion pounds, including many cathode ray tubes (CRTs) that no one uses anymore.

Since many waste disposal sites are closing their facilities to businesses with surplus electronics, Surplus Service, an award-winning e-waste management company in Fremont, CA, offers e-waste recycling solutions through what is known as upcycling.

UpcyclIT®, a registered trademark of Surplus Service, is a reuse alternative to recycling destruction. There are many advantages to going with upcycling vs. recycling.

Here are some of the advantages

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Less chance of e-waste going overseas. Sixty to eighty percent of the used electronics produced in the U.S. are shipped overseas to places like Guiyu, China, the world’s e-waste dumping ground, where children—who can be found sorting through the old electronic parts—are exposed to toxic e-waste

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No energy, resources, pollution, raw material or transportation needed to recycle assets or manufacture replacements products

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Huge opportunity to recycle electronics for money, which means taxes and fees saved by consumers and the state

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Secondary use contributes to small and mid-size businesses that benefit from these assets

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Reusing computers is up to 20 times more energy-efficient than recycling

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