As technology accelerates, many companies have proliferated their technology introductions of versions and new products. Often major or minor product upgrades and changes can incentive consumers to upgrade and purchase new devices and equipment. This high level of technology introduction leads to accelerated obsolescence. Accelerated obsolescence means more technology, more devices, more equipment and more e-waste. This is largely why Upcycling is so important for long term sustainability and zero waste.
Upcycling a product usually does not break down a product’s components from its base. You upgrade or reuse the old device to something more useful by repairing, refurbishing, or reprocessing it.
Let’s say, for example, a laptop.
Take your laptop to a recycling center. They will separate the plastic parts from the other components like metal, copper, iron, etc. Depending on the recycling center, some of these components may still end up going to a landfill.
Upcycling process is not like recycling. Upcycling means more to the environment than recycling. If you take your laptop to Surplus Service, your electronic devices will undergo the upcycling process. Many consumers don’t need or want the latest and greatest technology. They are very satisfied with technology that simply works.
We run functional power up and diagnostic testing as a check-up on your device to see which of the device’s external parts or internal systems needs repair, replacing, or upgrade. Surplus Service’s technical experts will do the necessary upgrades and replacements for your old devices and give them a newly upgraded life. Other people can still benefit from these upcycled electronics.
Although our focus is reuse, as a certified recycler, we can and do recycle. We also do certified destruction. Many clients want and demand items be recycled, shredded, destroyed or never reused. Often clients with secure data or proprietary technologies require shredding or destruction procedures to microns, pulverizing or meltdown. We do recycling, shredding and destruction for clients who require high security and proprietary oversight. Generally, when given a choice, many people, clients and organizations prefer reuse or upcycling over recycling or landfilling but not always.