Why You Should Sell Your Used IT Equipment

Long gone are the days when you could throw away e-waste from your data centers or hand it to any garbage service. Most businesses know that recycling old hardware is necessary, but not as many know that responsibly selling their waste is an option. The key to a successful selling process is contacting a dependable ITAD vendor.

Information technology asset disposition — commonly shortened to ITAD — is the business of safely discarding any unwanted IT equipment. When looking for these recycling services, you'll tend to see that they come along with asset recovery services. Asset recovery refers to the buying, refurbishing, and reselling of your unused IT equipment.

Regardless of the amount of equipment you have, selling your old hardware can bring many benefits. Here's a look at some of the most compelling.

More Money for Your Business

The most enticing part of selling your used IT equipment is that you'll get money for things you don't need anymore. You can put the money you receive for your electronics towards new hardware — an instant benefit to your company's bottom line. If you don't need new hardware, you can allocate the money to any other area of your company.

Michael Outar with Savebly always sells his old IT equipment to help upgrade his business' tech. "One of the main reasons you should sell your used IT equipment is to get some money back that you put into the item. Tech equipment loses value fast because the industry releases new products and innovations quickly so you most likely won't be able to get back your full money back or anything close to it but something is better than nothing."

The selling process isn't the only financial benefit. If you still use your old IT equipment, selling it and buying new hardware reduces losses from repairs and poor productivity.

Increase Your Efficiency

Not only can you avoid losing money on repairs, but selling e-waste can help your company perform better all around.

  •             Save time. One of the most frustrating problems with outdated electronics is that they're prone to slow loading and crashing. Loading time may not seem like a big deal, but you must remember that when time is money, every second counts.
  •             Free up space. Why let unused electronics take up space in your storage when you can get paid for disposing of them? If you downsize or move, it's especially important to get rid of dead weight.
  •             Meet your needs. As your business grows and technology evolves, you'll eventually need upgrades. Often, outdated tech can't offer you the security and features that your workers and customers expect.

If you decide to improve your efficiency with better electronics, selling your old hardware can allow you to buy the latest technology.

Olivia Tan, Co-founder CocoFax, shared "The key reason I sold my used IT assets was because they were outdated. By upgrading old equipment to newer equipment, I was able to improve the performance of my machines."

Achieve Data Security

Before you seek asset disposition services — especially for server recycling— you need to understand the importance of achieving total data security.

Most information on hardware from data centers or elsewhere is confidential, meaning your business can face serious consequences if you don't properly dispose of it. Simply turning the waste over to a recycling company is insufficient if you can't guarantee it will destroy the data. 

To comply with data disposal laws, you can sell your IT equipment to a company committed to data security. At Newtech, we offer data deletion and hardware shredding alongside asset disposition and recovery services.

Protect the Environment

Electronics can contain hazardous substances that leach into water and soil. For this reason, the law requires you to recycle electronic waste properly. Goran with Cusmin told us, "Throwing it into the trash is not an option. There are always some who need even the old items."

When you can't upcycle electronics, selling them to an ecologically responsible ITAD vendor allows you to meet these requirements while enjoying the benefits of asset recovery.

While it's true that turning parts in for recycling also protects the environment, getting money for reducing your impact is a win-win situation.

Asset Recovery Offers Easy Disposal

No matter the amount of equipment you have to sell, disposing of e-waste shouldn't have to be painful. However, certain companies may make the process tricky by being overly selective with the pieces they wish to buy or not being clear during the asset recovery process. As you would with any other service, make sure the company you do business with is credible.

Eoin Piggott, Data Security Expert & Business Development Associate at Wisetek, shared some insight on this. "Many old computers, laptops, phones and tablets can be sold or recycled for parts. You can also enlist the help of a registered and qualified ITAD Service Provider. ITAD stands for IT Asset Disposition. E-Waste and pollution is becoming more and more of a problem so now more than ever it is vital that we properly dispose of our old IT Equipment properly and securely."

You can ensure your selling process is easy and law-abiding by seeking an ITAD vendor with an r2 recycling certification. For Newtech Recycling, an r2 certificate means a commitment to a safe and secure asset disposition service for all parties involved, meaning your electronic parts won't end up sitting in another country's landfill.

Sell Your Used IT Equipment Today

For companies seeking true data security, the bottom line is simple: asset recovery services make your life easier. 

Ready to get rid of your old IT equipment? Contact Newtech Recycling today to free up some space in your office.

Why Your Business Should Use a Data Destruction Service

Before you recycle business computer hardware, you should know how essential data disposal is. The storage media within your computers contains confidential information from your operations, employees, and customers. Should these files fall into the wrong hands, the consequences could be disastrous.

When a professional service destroys the drive of your computer, you no longer have to worry about unauthorized users accessing the confidential information. Read on to learn more about data protection and the benefits of destruction services.

The Realities of Deleting Files Yourself

Data disposal can cost more time and effort than many realize. The methods available to you within your office or home — such as wiping the computer — are often insufficient since certain technology can recover the data. 

April Maccario, founder of Ask April, reiterated our point here. "Simply deleting your data does not make it unrecoverable or unsecured; it may still be recovered and exploited."

Things can get even more complicated with server recycling since your servers are housing sensitive information from several sources. Deleting all of this information yourself can be very time-consuming. Using a destruction service ensures that your data is unrecoverable and that you're not wasting your time on an unreliable method.

Comply with Data Protection and Privacy Laws

Even if your hardware doesn't have business documents on it, chances are some of your storage media has information about employees, customers, or management. 

As most businesses know, strict laws surround what you can do with this information. It's important to make sure documents are unrecoverable not only because of safety but also because these laws extend into deletion regulations. 

Alex Claro with Credit Donkey shared with us, "It is not only advantageous for organizational considerations, but it is also a legal need for enterprises to dispose of data properly. As a way of keeping compliance with federal privacy legislation rules, data must be completely erased from your computer systems and servers after a specific amount of time, and the process of destroying data must go beyond just dumping files in your desktop's trash bin."

If you even unknowingly violate these regulations, your business could face some serious legal trouble. 

Avoid the Backlash from Stolen Information

The consequences of poor document protection stretch far beyond legal trouble or expensive penalties.

Eduard Klein, digital growth specialist, stressed the importance of this. "We must understand that business data, may it be about the business entity or their clients, should not be leaked to another person or entity. Doing such may ruin the reputation of the business and might put them in a problematic situation such as being sued because of negligence to keep client’s information confidential."

Every state has laws that require businesses to notify their customers when they have a security breach of personally identifiable information. On top of answering to the law, your company will have to hold itself accountable to your consumers as well.

Not only can this event cause a loss of customers — and a significant loss of sales — but you may also receive negative publicity when news websites or blogs hear of the breach. The loss of potential customers may be even greater than the loss of current customers if your files fall into the wrong hands.

Regardless of the impact on your image or sales, a data breach is a serious concern for your customers. Nobody wants to worry about a stranger having their sensitive information; both you and your customers deserve to know that confidential files will be kept confidential. Using a professional service brings assurance that you can't get through other information deletion methods.

Build Your Company's Credibility

The number of companies that have breaches due to poor data protection is no secret to consumers; many people are disappointed with how carelessly businesses handle their private information. A business that can prove that it prioritizes security will stand out among the many that aren't, making proof of professional data deletion a credit to your company.

Thinking about data protection from your customers' perspectives can be helpful when deciding whether to use a deletion service or not. Stolen records are usually a costly affair for businesses, but many can bounce back. On the other hand, your customers may not be able to forgive you if you irresponsibly recycle business computer hardware. 

In short, it's in a company's best interest to build a dependable image when it comes to customers' information.

Certification of Destruction Offers Peace of Mind

With all the dangers surrounding incorrect data disposal, it can seem like a nerve-wracking process. Even with tips on how to protect your data before you get rid of your computer, sometimes you may not be sure if you've truly wiped all files. 

However, using a professional service committed to protecting your information can ease many of the fears a business may have when recycling electronics.

When a trustworthy company destroys the drive of your computer, they may give you a certification of destruction. Allan N. Buxton, director of forensics at SecureData, told us that recieving a certification of destruction is the only way he truly feels confident that his business information is protected. "Most commercial services will even offer documentation and certification of its destruction, when the destruction of truly sensitive data has to be accounted for." At Newtech, this certification of destruction means no one can recover your information — a guarantee your electronic documents won't fall into the wrong hands.

Protect Your Information with Newtech Recycling

There are many services where a professional touch can make the difference between a job well done or a disaster, and data deletion is one of them.

Don't unauthorized individuals use or steal your electronic documents. Contact Newtech Recycling today to learn more about our data disposal services.

Why You Should Care About E-Waste

We all use electronic devices every day. As anyone who’s ever owned any sort of electronic device knows, they aren’t meant to last forever. Some of us might use our devices as long as they continue to work, which might only be a few years, but many like to upgrade to new models frequently. Regardless of why you buy new devices, we all need to upgrade eventually, which leaves us with many unwanted and unusable devices. Many don’t know what to do with these devices and think they can simply be thrown away, but getting rid of your old electronics is not that easy. 

Due to electronics being discarded incorrectly, there is a huge amount of electronic waste polluting landfills around the world. It’s extremely important that everyone is educated on the dangers of e-waste and how they can prevent it. Learn more about why you should care about e-waste and how you can help save the planet

It Produces Harmful Toxins 

You’re surrounded by electronics all day long, so you likely don’t think there’s anything harmful about them. However, these devices are being maintained, which keeps them safe for us to use and be exposed to. This isn’t the case for electronics that end up in landfills. Electronics are safe when you’re taking care of them properly, but when they’re disposed of in the garbage and go to landfills, they can seep toxic materials. Some of the toxins found in e-waste include heavy metals like lead and mercury. This affects far more than only the soil at landfills. Toxins can spread through soil, eventually contaminating crops and the livestock that feed on it, both of which humans may later consume, along with these toxins. When toxins leak into the soil, they can also spread to bodies of water, making many communities' water sources unsafe and harming ecosystems. 

In addition to toxins spreading through the soil, many landfills burn waste, which is extremely harmful. When electronics are burned, they release harmful toxins and greenhouse gas emissions into the air, exposing workers and nearby communities to them and harming their health. Not only are those close to the landfills affected, but once these toxins are in the air, they can travel far, putting many others at risk and harming the environment.  

Many of us may not see the direct effects of electronic waste just yet. Much of the e-waste that gets placed in landfills gets shipped to other countries and often ends up in impoverished areas. Keeping harmful waste out of landfills is incredibly important in protecting human health, especially for workers and communities impacted by e-waste in landfills. Without proper electronic waste management, this problem will continue to grow and cause widespread harm. 

It Wastes Materials

The effects that toxins from e-waste have can be devastating. While this is a huge issue and should be enough to make anyone concerned about the growing e-waste problem, it isn’t the only reason you should care. Even when your device is no longer usable, many of the elements and materials it contains can still have another life. Your everyday devices contain precious metals like gold, silver, and copper that can all be used to create new devices without the need to source new materials. We all have so many nonrenewable materials like these in the world, and allowing them to sit unused in landfills is a huge waste that we need to prevent. 

Making use of the materials that we already have access to and recycling unwanted electronics has many benefits. Since these materials are already sourced, it’s much easier to create new devices from recycled materials. By making an effort to recycle your old devices, you can help lower the demand for new materials to be sources for future products. You might even choose to find a project that can help you upcycle electronics yourself or find a local program that uses old electronics. 

Find a Responsible Electronics Recycler

To ensure that you’re doing your part in preventing toxic substances like e-waste from entering landfills, you need to work with an electronics recycling center that will handle all of your unwanted electronics responsibly. At Newtech Recycling, we know how important the future of tech recycling is in protecting human health and our environment and are committed to providing businesses and organizations with a safe way to dispose of electronics. Together, we can do our part in reducing the amount of e-waste in the world. 

Contact Newtech Recycling today to see how we can help you recycle your unwanted electronic devices.  

Why Data Destruction is Important in Healthcare

While electronics are a huge asset, they can pose a lot of threats, specifically those related to the data we store on our devices. Getting rid of electronic data isn’t as simple as destroying a piece of paper. Any business should be concerned about protecting their private data kept on their electronics and know the steps needed to fully destroy it. While data destruction is important in any industry, it’s especially important in healthcare. Anyone receiving any sort of healthcare expects the utmost privacy from their provider, so healthcare professionals need to ensure that they have an effective data destruction plan in place. 

Newtech Recycling knows the importance of data destruction in the healthcare field and takes all the necessary precautions to protect your private information. Learn more about data destruction in healthcare and why it’s so important. 

It Protects Patients’ Privacy

Healthcare professionals want to give their patients the best care possible. Due to the nature of the healthcare field, those who work in it are held to extremely high standards to serve their patients. When you receive treatment from a healthcare professional, you want to know that your information is safe with them. Regardless of the care a patient is receiving, the information healthcare professionals have access to regarding their patients is deeply personal and extremely sensitive. If this data is compromised in any way, it can put patients in danger. There are people out there who will try to gain access to this information and cause harm to your patients, so you need to do everything you can to keep their data protected.   

Your Reputation Depends On It

Of course, while patients are the top priority of healthcare workers, they also need to worry about their business. To keep a business up and running, it needs to maintain a good reputation. Otherwise, no one will want to utilize their services. Security and safety risks like accessible data can jeopardize a business in the healthcare industry. 

Trust is a necessary part of receiving quality healthcare. If patients feel that they can’t trust healthcare workers to handle sensitive information responsibly, it’s impossible to build a relationship that allows patients to be treated and cared for effectively. Healthcare providers with a bad record of protecting their patients’ medical records and other information are going to struggle to bring in enough business to stay open. 

Data Destruction is Legally Required

It’s extremely important to understand that destroying protected health information isn’t optional. Federal and state laws require businesses in healthcare to destroy electronic data. HIPAA has strict rules mandating what types of data need to be destroyed to keep patients’ information safe. State laws may require healthcare providers to maintain patient health records for a certain retention period, so even if a provider is keeping their electronic devices, they still may need this data destroyed if they’re no longer retaining this information. Destroying data and ensuring that the methods used to destroy it are secure are up to businesses themselves, so it’s important to ensure the data destruction company or ITAD company you use is reliable. If a healthcare provider is caught not following regulations for data destruction, they could face expensive fines and other consequences. 

How is Electronic Data Destroyed?

Destroying electronic data isn’t as easy as simply deleting files from your devices. If you have to protect your data before you get rid of your computer and any other electronic equipment you have, you need professional assistance. At Newtech Recycling, we have a few steps in our data destruction process that ensure no one can access it in the future. First, we remove the hard drives from all of your devices. When we have the hard drive, we wipe the data from it using a software purge and hit it with an electromagnetic pulse that will destroy any data stored on it. To finish the process, we physically shred hard drives and computer drivers, ensuring that no one can retrieve any data from them. 

Ensure Your Data is Fully Destroyed

Data destruction in healthcare is necessary to protect your patients and your business. 

To improve the way your business handles retention and destruction, let Newtech Recycling’s data destruction services help. We understand the importance of data destruction in healthcare. Newtech Recycling takes every precaution to ensure that you can safely recycle your unwanted electronics and not have to worry about anyone accessing confidential information. 

If you’re in the healthcare field and need to recycle office equipment and need to ensure that all data stored on your electronics are carefully destroyed, contact Newtech Recycling for help. 

How Upcycled Batteries Can Keep Smartphones from Destroying the Planet

Today, there’s a good chance that nearly everyone you know has a mobile phone. These are a huge part of our lives today, and we’ve grown to rely on them heavily. However, most phones will only last you a couple of years, and maybe less if you’re always looking for the latest model. This means that millions of smartphones are constantly being replaced, and something needs to happen to the old ones. Recycling services are available for electronic devices like these but, unfortunately, in many cases, unwanted smartphones end up getting thrown out in landfills.

At Newtech Recycling, a New York ITAD company, we know the negative impact that materials like batteries can have when they aren’t disposed of properly and can help you recycle responsibly.  Find out why it’s so important that your smartphone battery gets recycled properly.

Why Should You Recycle Batteries?

To understand why it’s so important for smartphone batteries to be recycled, you have to know the problems they can cause when they aren’t. Most of us are aware that the batteries we use every day contain dangerous chemicals, but it’s not usually something we need to worry about often. These chemicals are safe while they’re in well-maintained devices, but this stops when they go to landfills. When batteries get thrown out in landfills, these harmful chemicals will eventually start to leak out. 

Chemicals from smartphones pose a huge threat to environmental and human health. When these chemicals begin to seep out, they can make their way through the soil, impacting nearby crops and animals, and end up in nearby water supplies. If garbage in landfills is burned, these chemicals can also pollute the air. This pollution will eventually end up impacting everyone worldwide. Toxic waste like this could potentially cause cancer and contribute to global warming, but the full effects of electronic waste are still unknown.

By recycling smartphone batteries, you can help prevent this pollution from occurring. Finding out how to make your smartphone last longer can also help get more use out of your currency phone, which is better for the environment than replacing phones frequently. While it’s important to properly recycle smartphone batteries, we should also put in the work to ensure that all batteries are disposed of correctly. Depending on the state you live in, it could even be illegal to throw away certain types of batteries. 

Recycling Uses Fewer Natural Resources

Preventing dangerous toxins from harming us and our environment may be a good enough reason on its own to recycle your unwanted phone batteries, but it’s not the only reason. Recycling smartphone batteries is important for the same reason it's important to recycle any other materials - it gives them a chance at a second life. There are parts of smartphones and their batteries that can still be used even after you’re done with them. These materials are often still perfectly fine to be repurposed, so there’s no reason to allow them to waste away in landfills. Materials sourced from old batteries are typically used to make new batteries in the future.

Not only does recycling give you the chance to reuse the materials you already have for something else, but it prevents us from having to source more materials to produce new batteries. Batteries and other elements of electronic devices aren’t renewable energy sources. There is only so much of these materials available in the world, so what we have is all that we get. While we still may be able to access more of these materials, this may not always be the case. Recycling allows us to use what we already have to help us prevent needing to source more materials for future products. This is also a great energy solution, as reusing already available materials typically requires less energy than having to source new ones.

Take Responsibility for Your Old Batteries

Toxic waste like smartphone batteries pose a huge threat to all of us, but it’s something we can work to prevent. While recycling e-waste like batteries isn’t as simple as tossing it in the recycling bin at your house, it’s still extremely easy, so there’s no reason not to do it. If you have old smartphones in your house or your current phone is on its way out, and you’re wondering, “what to do before destroying my old phone,” find a recycling service that can help. At Newtech Recycling, we work hard to do our part to ensure that our environment isn’t harmed by e-waste by providing reliable electronic recycling services.

If you want to know how to recycle an old iPad or any other device or to learn more about the services we offer, contact Newtech Recycling today.

How to Dispose of Your Old Chargers, Wires, and Cables

You can’t go to an office or house today that isn’t filled with chargers, wires, and other types of electrical cables. While some of these might still be useful, there’s a good chance that the majority of them aren’t. As we get new electronics and the models change, our old cables and wires can become irrelevant, but many people still keep them around. Even if you always responsibly recycle your unwanted devices like using the right old printer disposal service, things like old chargers and cables can linger behind. You might think that you might still be able to use these at some point, but if they’re old, you never touch them, and you don’t even have the device that goes to them anymore, you’ll likely never need them again. 

If you’re one of the many with old wires and similar items lying around, don’t just toss them in the garbage. Like old electronic devices, chargers, wires, and cables are still electronic waste that must be handled carefully when it’s time to get rid of it. If you have unwanted wires and cables, you need to know how to dispose of them. 

Find the Right Recycling Center

Old chargers, wires, and cables might look like useless items to you, but they might still be extremely valuable, even if you can’t use them anymore. Many of our everyday wires and cables contain precious metals, just like electronic devices do. Even if the wires themselves aren’t usable anymore, these materials can still serve a purpose. By recycling these unwanted items, recycling centers can salvage the parts that are still usable for them to be remade into new items in the future. This prevents the need for new materials in limited supply from being sourced and keeps valuable materials from being wasted in landfills. Recycling these items also ensures that you’re keeping toxic chemicals that can come from them out of landfills, protecting the environment and human health.

Radu Vrabie, founder and marketer at Power Bank Expert, always makes it a point to recycle old wires. “Chargers, cables and old wires shouldn’t be thrown in the trash can along with other types of home waste. In my case, I have a strategic can for wires and all kinds of electronic trash, which I take to the local recyclers after every few months. Although it isn’t much, most of the metal recyclers would pay you something for the effort- especially if you have copper wires in the bin.”

Fortunately, many of the places that recycle your other old electronics may be able to take wires and cables too, but you’ll want to check with them just to be sure. So, if you’re looking for where to dispose of old laptops, you should also make sure that they’re able to take the cables and charger that came with them. In some areas, you might even be able to drop these items off at an electronics store that will recycle them for you if you don’t have easy access to a recycling center. 

Donate Them 

While you might not have use for these items anymore, there are people who can benefit from them. Like many other electronics that are old but still in good condition, some of your old chargers, wires, and cables might be able to be donated. There are some who may have the devices that go to them and can still use them. If you look, you might be able to find programs in your area that take items like these for different reasons, such as STEM programs that can use them for teaching purposes. While recycling is extremely important, it’s also important to help get the most use out of our electronic devices before getting rid of them.

See if Friends or Family Can Use Them

Before getting rid of items like chargers and cables, see if you know anyone who can use them. You might not have the models that use them anymore, but if they’re still somewhat recent, you might know someone who can use them. Many of us tend to break or lose our cables, so having extras lying around can be useful, as long as you know they’re going to get used. If these items are in good condition and can be used by people you know, you might as well give them away so they can get more use out of them.

Recycle Your Old Chargers, Wires, and Cables

We spoke with Julie Stobbe, a Trained Professional Organizer with Mind Over Clutter. Julie explained how easy it is to find a local recycling company to help you dispose of tech products, including your wires and cables, the right way. “I can drop off electronic cables, computers and they will destroy the hard drives, small electrical tools and appliances.”

If you’re one of the many people with tons of old chargers and individual wires piled up around your house, now is the time for you to finally get rid of them. However, you need to make sure you’re getting rid of them responsibly, just like you would with any of your other unwanted electronic devices. Recycling and donating your old wires and cables allows you to protect the environment and prevent e-waste and gives you the chance to clear out some clutter. Whether you’ve had the items saved up for years, or you’re thinking “I’m destroying my old phone and need to take care of its charger and wires,” there are options for you to handle it responsibly. 

Contact Newtech Recycling to learn more about recycling these items and any other electronic devices.

E-Waste Laws to Watch for in 2021

E-waste is a growing issue that affects us all. While some might dispose of their old electronic devices in the regular garbage thinking it has no impact on them, e-waste is a serious threat to the environment and our health. These items might be taken somewhere we can’t see, but that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually negatively impact our lives. Millions of tons of e-waste are produced every year as people improperly dispose of their unwanted electronic devices. 

With such a huge amount of toxic waste occurring worldwide, something needs to be done to protect our future and our planet.  If we don’t work towards stopping electronic waste from entering landfills, this problem will spiral out of control. Electronic recycling laws are essential for reducing the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills. 

Learn more about e-waste laws in 2021 and why we need legislation in place to help reduce e-waste.

What Federal Laws are There?

The United States is one of the largest producers of electronic waste in the world. Unfortunately, there are no federal laws that require people to recycle their used electronics. Much of the e-waste produced in the US also doesn’t stay there. The majority of e-waste from the US gets shipped to other countries around the world, with China receiving most of these hazardous materials. While the US has no current federal laws mandating, there are many regulations around the world that require people to recycle their unwanted electronics. 

Do Individual States Have Laws?

Fortunately, many states have made progress in creating laws requiring people to recycle their unwanted electronics. Even if federal laws don’t require you to do this, your state could hold you accountable to take care of old electronics responsibly. There are currently 25 states that have their own e-waste recycling laws. If you’re a business or organization looking to recycle old electronics in a state with e-waste laws, you’ll have to ensure that you’re going through the proper channels. When it's time for your organization to get rid of its IT equipment, look for a reliable ITAD company that recycles responsibly.

What Will Be Done Going Forward?

With no current federal laws in the US requiring waste management for e-waste, many people wonder what the future holds. Of course, there are many all over the world who are committed to reducing e-waste and are working towards creating more ways to educate the public and encourage them to prevent e-waste. 

A lot still needs to be done to prevent the e-waste problem from growing. While laws requiring all e-waste to be recycled are extremely important, there are more ways of tackling this issue. For example, one reason so much e-waste occurs is that devices become obsolete much faster than they used to. In some parts of the world, there are efforts to help people repair their old divides to prevent them from having to replace them so often. Making repairs more accessible can extend the lives of our devices and reduce the demand for new products, resulting in less e-waste. Many still need to be educated on the importance of recycling their old electronics. These are devices we use safely every day, so they may not realize the dangers they can have in landfills. 

While it can take time for new legislation to come into place, there are many who are concerned about e-waste and are taking steps to help reduce it. More people are becoming aware of the dangers of e-waste, and as education on the subject becomes more widespread, we could begin seeing more efforts to stop it. Making recycling services more accessible is also an important part of preventing e-waste going into the future.  

Recycle Your Unwanted Electronics Responsibly

Regardless of what laws there are regarding recycling electronics, this is something we all need to work on to help reduce the amount of electronic waste and toxic chemicals from polluting landfills and our environment. At Newtech Recycling, we can ensure that your old electronics get taken care of responsibly when you’re ready to get rid of them. We provide services like help with server recycling to businesses and organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, all of which have state e-waste recycling laws in place. We’ll help ensure that your old electronics are recycled following state laws and that you’re doing your part in preventing e-waste.

Learn more about how you can recycle your old and unwanted electronics responsibly with an R2 recycling company to help prevent e-waste.

Earth Day 2021: Six Ways to Help Save the Planet

At the end of every April, we as a global population observe Earth Day to remember the planet Earth and devise creative, fun, or even easy ways to give back to the place we call home.

It’s incredible to think about, but Earth really is a fragile place, despite its size and immense power. From ground and water pollution to global warming, things have been happening to the Earth for the last 150 years or so that have started to harm it.

This has been due largely to human activities, such as the heavy industries that produce greenhouse gases that force the planet to hold onto more heat. Mathilde Degletagne with BizBiz Share explained “Saving the planet is not just riding a bike or putting stuff in the recycling bin from time to time. Companies have to do their part. Because they represent a big share of global pollution.”

Then, add in the fact that many people across the world throw things away that should actually be safely recycled. We often see this with electronic waste, or e-waste, which usually contains heavy metals and other materials that pollute soil and water and can destroy entire habitats.

You may not think that the simple act of you throwing your old hard drives in the trash can actually have an impact on the environment, but it is this attitude throughout the world that really does affect planetary health.

Therefore, in honor of this recently past Earth Day, we at Newtech Recycling would like to document six ways you can do your part to save the Earth.

Of course, you know one way is to keep recycling those old electronics. We are happy to help out with this. Get in touch with us today to start recycling the right way!

1. Watch Your Water

Saving the planet encompasses all kinds of areas, from recycling to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limiting water consumption.

Water use is easy to lose control of, if we’re being honest. We’ve probably all done it: let the sink run a bit longer than we knew we needed, or taken a longer shower than necessary. Bernadette with Uke-Tuner told us“Don’t leave a tap running. When there are leaks, get them fixed.” 

The thing is, Earth’s water supplies are finite, and even treating wastewater for reuse eats up a lot of additional energy that has the potential to harm the environment. Bernadette also stressed “Water is a precious resource that is also limited - so we need to save as much as we can.”

Why not make things easier on the planet and your wallet by reducing your water usage wherever you can? Take shorter showers, turn the water off when brushing your teeth, and don’t run the washer or dishwasher unless absolutely necessary.

You can also forget about buying all those big packages of water bottles and opt instead for a single refillable bottle.

That reminds us of something, as we’ll mention in the next point.

2. Reduce Your Plastic Use

Look, we know what it’s like: plastic is everywhere. People use water bottles, product packaging, and all kinds of other plastic materials every day. When those things have outlived their useful lives--as in, when we’re finished drinking from a water bottle--it’s really easy and tempting to throw the thing away.

The problem is that plastic takes about 450 years to break down in a landfill, which is where household garbage ends up going. That’s a long time, and it’s why landfills are always stuffed to the brim with a ton of waste.

Instead, why not recycle your plastic in municipal bins? It’s as easy as throwing it in the garbage.

For all that non-household plastic, such as computers and other electronic components, there are e-waste recycling companies such as Newtech Recycling.

Of course, there is a right and wrong way to do everything.

If you’re wondering how to prepare a computer for disposal, Newtech can help you with that. That way, when you’re ready, we can come by and do a mass pickup of everything you have at your home or office.

3. Drive More Responsibly

It’s unavoidable at this point that cars are out there. There are more than one billion cars on the planet right now, and most of them are your typical, gasoline-drinking workhorses.

So how can you be smarter and more environmentally conscious about your vehicle ownership?

Well, beyond shelling out more bucks for a hybrid or all-green transport, one really easy thing you can do is to stop idling there as if you have to be ready to pull away in an instant.

If you’re idling for more than 30 seconds, you’re doing it wrong.

Has anyone ever told you that idling emits as much carbon dioxide as a car in motion? It’s true. If you’re waiting for someone to come out of the house, and they said they’d be right out, but now they’re going on three minutes, turn the engine off!

If your vehicle is off for about ten minutes, that’s a pound of carbon dioxide that won’t be sent freely into the atmosphere to add to our existing greenhouse gas problem and make the Earth warm up faster.

You can also use your vehicle’s cruise control option if you have it and are on the highway for long stretches. This reduces the amount of gasoline you use, since you won’t be doing a lot of speeding up and slowing down.

Everything matters when it comes to the environment, and changing your driving habits is among the easiest things you can do to help.

4. Be Mindful of Your E-Waste

The United States gets rid of almost 400 million electronic items every year. By “gets rid of,” we mean it gets disposed of in one way or another. The truth is that less than 20% of those items is responsibly recycled, and that figure matters.

Your electronic waste--that is, your old desktops, laptops, printers, copiers, hard drives, keyboards, monitors, televisions, and so on--usually contains heavy metals that are toxic to humans, animals, and plants. These metals include chromium, arsenic, cadmium, and lead, to name a few.

When you throw them away, they go to landfills. And if those landfills are older or not properly sealed, then those metals and other materials could end up in the ground. There, they can leach into the soil and pollute the ground and water. And that, over time, can kill plants and animals and even affect humans when the pollution spreads.

But, if you’ve been wondering, “Where can I recycle a printer?” or “How can I safely get rid of my old hard drives?” you can rest assured knowing that there are solutions.

Newtech Recycling is happy to take your old e-waste off your hands and recycle it the right way. We destroy your hard drives in unrecoverable ways, extract the harmful materials from the objects themselves, and safely dispose of what remains.

This is an easy and guilt-free way of eliminating cumbersome waste while knowing you’re helping to save the planet.

5. Plant More Greens

We said before that every little action helps when it comes to being environmentally friendly. It’s a huge planet with lots of people on it, but if you truly want to do your part, you can help the general Earth Day cause by planting some things around your property or wherever you can!

If you’ve got the space, why not plant some trees, shrubs, flowers, and the like? Greens add oxygen to the planet, provide living spaces for all kinds of animal species, and are simply good for the planet in great volumes.

Of course, planting a tasteful tree in the yard will also go a long way toward increasing your property’s value!

6. Reduce Everything You Can

Our final piece of advice is to reduce your use of every type of expendable resource possible.

Go to your utility companies and select the option for paperless billing. This obviously reduces the amount of trees that need to be destroyed for paper production, and it’s also safer. With none of your sensitive account information being sent via mail, you have fewer chances of having your data stolen.

You can also reduce your use of plastic by opting for reusable canvas bags at the grocery store. Every time you take a plastic bag, the store needs to replace it and will produce another one, essentially.

You can reduce the amount of plastic that goes out of that store by bringing your own reusable bags. Then, you will have left no plastic footprint behind there!

There are other, somewhat less practical ways to reduce your energy usage, such as by investing in hybrid cars or solar panels for your roof. These moves are available only to those who can afford them, but if you’re in a spot where you can, why not go for it?

Recycle Your E-Waste with Newtech Recycling

No matter what else you decide to do to help save the planet, recycling your e-waste is going to be huge. All that stuff is useful while it lasts--the printers, tablets, and cell phones--but when you’re ready to upgrade, those items have to go somewhere.

For the planet, don’t let that “somewhere” be a landfill.

By using an R2-certified electronic recycling company such as Newtech Recycling, you can reduce waste and help to save the planet where you live.

For all your electronics recycling in CT, PA, NY, and NJ, turn to none other than Newtech Recycling.

Call us now to get a quote.

How US Laws Support E-Recycling

People all over the US rely on technology every day. However, as anyone who owns any type of electronic device will know, tech products aren’t meant to last forever. In fact, many electronics don’t have a very long lifespan at all, requiring you to buy them more frequently. This also means discarding your old devices, which often creates a serious problem. Most of us don’t see our electronic devices as being unsafe, as we can use them safely every day, but getting rid of them incorrectly can make them extremely dangerous for us and our environment.

E-waste recycling can help stop electronics ending up in landfills, but unfortunately, many people neglect to do this. The overwhelming majority of electronics don’t get recycled and end up leaking toxic waste in landfills. This can have grave effects and is extremely dangerous, leading many to wonder what laws are in place to prevent this from happening.

Why Do Electronics Need to Be Recycled?

Under certain conditions, our everyday electronic devices can turn into hazardous waste. Ryan Smith, an organic scientist and the founder and owner of Ant and Garden Organic Pest Control, shared with us that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act "controls hazardous waste, including some toxic electronic waste." Electronics can seep this hazardous waste into the soil and water, which is extremely dangerous to those around it and our entire environment. Waste that ends up in landfills is also often burned, which is extremely dangerous for electronic devices. When electronics are burned in landfills, they realize toxic gases that put workers at risk and spread far beyond the landfills. As most electronics currently become waste in developing countries, it’s extremely important to have laws that require this waste to be taken care of properly and to ensure that resources like printer recycling are available to those who need it. 

Not only is e-waste a huge threat to our environment, safety, and health, but allowing these devices to go to landfills is extremely wasteful. Many electronic devices contain precious metals like gold and silver, as well as other non-renewable resources. These materials are still usable and in demand, so there’s no reason to allow them to go to waste in a landfill. Recycling ensures that materials like this can be reused and prevent us from having to source new materials to make devices in the future. 

What Federal Laws are in Place?

Currently, there is no federal law that prevents people from throwing e-waste into the garbage. While there have been attempts to pass laws that require you to recycle your old electronics, nothing has ever been passed. Although no federal laws prevent this, it’s important to educate the public of the dangers of irresponsibly throwing away electronics and providing e-waste recycling programs to communities. 

Vhanessa Hair, sustainability expert with USInsuranceAgents, shared with us the following. "Federal e-waste regulation is non-existent in the United States, but certain states have adopted state-based standards. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) governs most federal laws regarding solid waste. E-waste legislation holds manufacturers more accountable."

Are There State Laws Requiring E-Waste Recycling?

Just because federal laws don’t require you to recycle e-waste doesn’t mean you can’t get in legal trouble for disposing of it improperly. While there isn’t a federal law requiring that electronics be recycled, many states have implemented their own laws over recent years. This makes it mandatory for both individual households and businesses to recycle electronics like  desktop computers, laptops, printers, and televisions. 

However, you need to be careful regarding who you work with to recycle your unwanted devices. Not all businesses that claim they recycle responsibly and according to the law actually do so. If your state has a recycling act for electronics, you could end up paying thousands of dollars if you’re caught discarding them incorrectly. You could end working with a business that doesn’t actually recycle responsibly, which could end up getting you in trouble, even if you didn’t know. You also need to follow data protection laws and ensure that no private information can be found on your devices, so it’s important to work with a recycling center that also handles data destruction. 

At Newtech Recycling, we provide e-waste recycling programs to businesses and organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, all of which legally require you to recycle your old and unwanted electronics. We can help ensure that all of your old and unwanted devices are taken care of properly. 

Ensure Your Electronics are Recycled Safely

It’s extremely important that everyone makes an effort to prevent their old electronics from becoming hazardous waste, and you may even be legally required to have it recycled. If you’re wondering what to do with an old tablet or any other unwanted electronics, Newtech Recycling can help ensure that they end up in the right place. We have an R2-certification, which ensures responsible e-waste recycling. At Newtech Recycling, we’re proud to be our part to help protect our environment and the health and safety of people all over the world. 

To learn more about the services we offer at Newtech Recycling or to find out how you can get your old electronics recycled, contact us today. 

How to Upcycle Your Electronics Devices

So, we talk a lot about recycling here at Newtech Recycling (we wonder why). It’s all about taking your old electronics that you aren’t using anymore and doing something responsible with them.

Most of the time, we’ll suggest that you recycle your electronic waste with us. Recycling keeps electronics from leaching toxic metals into the soil and water. It also lets us destroy your hard drives and other devices that hold onto your personal data.

That’s a win-win, but you know what else is awesome, green, and hip? Upcycling.

You know what that means: upcycling is the creative or even artistic reuse of materials you would otherwise throw away.

Mavra Mujeeb, Content Marketer at Gun Made, shared with us “We live in a time where upgrading from one gadget to another is a regular practice, due to which we end up generating a ton of e-waste. According to the United Nations Global E-waste Monitor 2020, in 2019 there was a record level of 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste worldwide.”

The logic here is pretty simple: instead of endangering the environment with your electronic junk, why not take it and repurpose it into some creepy masks, or wall decor, or a new hiding place for your cat?

You can upcycle with pretty much any electronic product you can think of: computer servers, laptops, monitors, TVs, cell phones, and the list goes on.

If you’ve never heard of electronic upcycling but are interested in getting into it, never fear: we’ve going to cover some great ways to upcycle all that old stuff that’s been in limbo in your desk drawers for the last decade.

1. Get Artsy with Your Keyboards

Keyboards come and go. Lots of people have desktop computers in their homes, you know, the ones with detached keyboards that you can unplug and take with you. When it comes time to upgrade the whole system, you have a lot to dispose of, from the monitor to the tower to the mouse and keyboard.

Well, this suggestion is just for the keyboards. Instead of taking the whole keyboard out to the woodshed at the end of its useful life, why not pry some keys off of it, glue them to a homemade frame, and stick the whole contraption on the wall?

What you have the keys spell out will be up to you (we don’t want to know). But you have the chance here to create a piece of art that’s meaningful to you. If you’re a total computer geek, maybe the keys spell the name of the computer from whence they came. Or you could use the numbers to read the year you moved into your house.

The point is, the possibilities are endless here. We’ve even seen people vertically stack a whole bunch of keyboards on the back of a wicker chair to resemble a certain throne from a certain series.

Oh, now you’re intrigued.

2. Get Techy with Your Hard Drives

Now, we get that not everyone will have the tech know-how to disassemble all their old electronic devices to make something new out of them. For those of you who are a bit more familiar with this kind of thing, let’s talk hard drives for a minute.

George Mouratidis, Data-Driven Content Strategist at SIM Tourist, stated “With the ongoing pandemic, many remote employees have upgraded their working setup and bought new monitors, keyboards, and even hard drives. Personally speaking, you can upcycle your electronic devices and earn money out of them. What I usually do with my old electronics is I refurbish them, fix them if they are broken, and sell them. There are a lot of consumers out there that do not have the means of buying a brand new one and they are looking for refurbished ones. So this is one of the best things that you can do to upcycle your old electronics.”

With hard drives, we would normally recommend computer recycling due to the potentially sensitive personal data contained on those drives. But, if you’re feeling creative and know how to do it (or you can follow along with tutorials), we have some suggestions for upcycling your hard drives.

One idea is to remove the interior platters and turn them into wind chimes, provided you have at least two of them or something else that will clang against one.

Legend also has it that people have taken apart their hard drive platters and made wall clocks out of them. You would need the platters themselves along with a quartz clock movement, AA batteries, and a variety of other bits and bobs.

If you can get this done, you will have produced one of the most fruitful conversation-starters that is ever likely to grace the walls of your home.

Lastly, you could convert the empty hard drive case into a storage safe for a few small things such as jewelry. The level of security would be low, but if you’re going for secret and inconspicuous, this would do the trick.

3. Get Homey with Your CRT Monitors

It’s unfortunate that so many people accumulate e-waste for so long because they just don’t know what to do with it otherwise. We just keep it in our homes for decades sometimes because it feels safer that way.

But if you’re tired of seeing your old cathode-ray tube computer and TV monitors from the 90s take up space in your basement, know that people out there have thought up some amazing ideas for them.

Please note well: messing around with cathode-ray tubes can be extremely dangerous. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best not to bother!

But, in the interest of just letting you know what’s going on out there, some people have basically hollowed out their old CRT monitors and used them for different things. We’ve seen monitors painted fun colors and repurposed as little homes for cats. James Albertson, CEO at In Demand Careers, reiterated this point in telling us “Repurposing old CRT monitors and TVs into pet spaces is an endearing way to get more use out of this obsolete technology. There are quite a few how-to documents on the web that can walk you through converting the casing into a cat or dog bed as well as how to properly and responsibly dispose of the leftover internal components.”

No joke, we’ve also seen CRT monitors used as fish tanks. All it takes is some plexiglass and caulk, but again, you’d best know what you’re doing before trying anything like this. Those old TVs and computer monitors were fine in their day, but they were never meant to be taken apart and explored in this way, so always put safety first!

You can even get crafty and make little keychains or jewelry out of your old keyboard keys or other little metal or plastic pieces. Hey, better they hang harmlessly off your body than seep into the earth and make everything around them toxic and brown.

Rex Freiberger, Co-CEO of Gadget Review, likes to get creative with repurposing old Monitors “One of my favorite projects is taking an old LCD monitor and turning it into a wall display.”

The Bottom Line

What is the bottom line, then? At Newtech Recycling, we implore you to keep your old electronics out of the garbage and get them involved in a more responsible waste management process.

Whether you want to do phone and tablet recycling with us or get creative with your electronic unusables, it’s best to think about the future of the environment when it comes to disposing of your potentially hazardous devices!