Keeping Efficient Electronics Recycling For Small Businesses

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As a growing, smaller business, you may not have the resources to store, dismantle, and deliver large amount of recyclable materials on your own. Fines or being denied service for throwing electronic waste away improperly are a barrier to just getting rid of what you need in any way you can, but what if disposal cuts into your bottom line just as much? To avoid wasting time and money on haphazard disposal techniques, here are a few recycling planning points to help your business stay clean and efficient.

Whole Unit Disposal Or Dismantling?

When recycling electronics, you need to figure out if you're going to take entire units to the recycling center in one go or maximize recycling returns with individual components and materials.

To get the most money out of recycling, you need to know the individual payment rates for specific materials. Materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, tungsten, and rare earth magnets all have their own micro-economies, and each material's price is subject to change on a daily basis at most recycling centers and junkyards. 

The best setup for maximizing these recycling profits involves taking apart the devices, separating the components, and making sure that you're not wasting too many materials that should be separate. For example, you don't need to scrape the gold off of a motherboard or processor for recycling, since the gold is usually the only valuable part on a board or chip. Components such as hard drives have multiple valuable materials, such as aluminum and magnets, and will need to be stripped down beyond component level.

Individual component scrapping comes at a cost. It takes time to dismantle electronics, so make sure that you or your personnel are not being taken off of valuable tasks or raking up overtime that negates the money you'd make while recycling. If individual scrapping proves unprofitable, just load the whole units into recycling containers or break them down into portable sizes.

Getting The Right Containers For Storage And Delivery

The most basic investment for electronics recycling is the recycling container. Most businesses that get rid of electronics multiple times in a month will benefit from a 2-6 yard dumpster, identical to the square or slanted boxes located near most restaurants. 

These containers should be clearly marked as recycling only, and are usually a different color. It reduces the amount of standard trash thrown into the dumpster that makes organization harder, but the more important part is making sure your electronics don't become a legal fine hazard as they're dumped with the standard trash. Train your employees in proper disposal to divide the trash, and keep an eye out for anyone abusing your dumpsters by dumping large amounts of prohibited materials.

For dividing individual materials, hand-carry bins are helpful. Garbage disposal professionals can provide color-coded bins and trays that allow easy organization and disposal for individual materials. This makes it easier for you to hold onto specific materials until their pay rates are satisfactory.

Contact a dumpster rental and recycling container company like Ware Disposal to discuss available containers and advice on efficient disposal.

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