Many of us have pondered over the term ‘e-waste’ because of our limited awareness of the industry. Many companies do not have enough awareness about what to do with their electronic devices once they decide to dispose of them. At Surplus Service, our customer solutions team receives multiple queries through calls and email about the right e-waste recycling methods. Most old electronic devices like laptops, computers, mobiles are stuffed in closets, end up in a landfill or are exported overseas. Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation’s waste stream. It contains all unusable, obsolete, broken electronic devices. When you find yourself pondering over questions about e-waste recycling, read on to understand these common questions about e-waste recycling that can raise your awareness

1) How harmful is e-waste?

E-waste comprises many harmful substances that are hazardous to humans and the environment. Metals like lead and cadmium can cause serious health problems to humans. People living in communities in and around the landfills are at an increased risk of health hazards like heart and respiratory problems

2) What counts as e-waste?

E-waste comprises of electronic devices that are ready to be discarded either due to battery, performance, overstock or repair issues. These devices include laptops, mobile phones, fiber optics, servers, test equipment, lab equipment, printers, sound systems, television, monitors, medical equipment, etc

3) Where does e-waste go?

The depressing truth is that most of the e-waste either ends up in a landfill, is exported overseas or discarded. But, environmentally responsible recyclers like Surplus Service take extra measures to repair, reuse and not ship overseas or landfill e-waste.  They provide zero waste reporting to ensure that electronic devices are either refurbished or recycled

4) How will e-waste recycling make a difference?

In the U.S. an estimated 250,000,000 tons of solid waste is generated. 2% of this toxic waste counts as e-waste and just 10% – 18% of e-waste is recycled. Surplus Service is changing this. They specialize in a variety of surplus services like 5) Is certification required to collect electronics for recycling?

Of course, e-waste recycling companies are required to be approved by CalRecycle verified before they can begin operations. Keep this tip in mind when you visit an e-waste recycler. If your recycler does not know about Calrecycle then, it must raise a red flag.  Surplus Service was recently awarded the State of California’s highest Sustainability Award by the Governor of California, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), due in part to our Zero Carbon Footprint.  They were also awarded California’s “Business of the Year” and Acterra’s “Most Sustainable Business” Award as well as being a Certified Green Business, women-owned and Certified B-Corporation,  Their manager was even nominated by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for “Business Person of the Year”

6) Do e-waste recyclers provide data destruction methods?

There is an increased demand for data destruction services from small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. Many e-waste recyclers claim to provide data destruction services. Be aware, data destruction involves standardized procedures like data wiping, degaussing and destruction. Surplus Service’s data eradication equipment meets or exceeds DoD 5200.22-M and NIST 800-88 standards to ensure your data is not retrievable and destroyed.

Are you looking to get rid of e-waste that contains hazardous materials? We can help you. Get in touch with our experts today.