How to Recycle Batteries

Newtech Recycling is always on a mission to make the world a better place to live through our environmentally sound recycling techniques. You have likely heard the story before: too many people take the easy way out and throw away their batteries and other electronic waste with the rest of the trash. The e-waste ultimately makes its way to a landfill, where harmful metals such as lead and nickel can leach into the soil and poison the environment.

That reality is why we take electronic disposal so seriously at Newtech Recycling. We do everything we can to recycle the right way in New Jersey and the surrounding Tri-state area where we operate, but it falls upon everyone to do their part, as well.

In the case of battery recycling, we realize you may have questions about which kinds are fine to throw away and which should be recycled because of the harm they pose to the environment. In this guide, we will detail some different types of batteries and how you can recycle the harmful ones with Newtech Recycling. Being informed about this process can help you to be responsible when it comes to your own e-waste disposal.

What Types of Batteries to Recycle

It may surprise you to learn that not all batteries need to be recycled with a company such as Newtech Recycling. Let’s learn about some of the differences.

Single-Use Batteries

In the world of e-waste recycling, modern, single-use alkaline batteries are considered to be the good guys. These are the batteries found in your flashlights and television remotes. They include AA, AAA, and 9-volt batteries. The reason these types of batteries are safe to throw out is because of the materials that compose them. The U.S. federal government has deemed their components of steel, zinc, manganese, potassium, and graphite to be acceptable for traditional disposal in the garbage; only California has banned the disposal of all types of batteries.

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries, meanwhile--such as those found in laptops, power tools, and cell phones--should be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. That’s because they could contain hazardous metals such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and lithium. If those metals got into the soil of a landfill, they could eventually infect everything from groundwater to plant and animal life. You must recycle these batteries, then, but how?

In a case such as that, give Newtech Recycling a call. We have a recycling process that allows us to work efficiently at this. Our large-scale electronic recycling plan may first require us to pick up your rechargeable batteries if you have a large volume of them, such as if you are cleaning out a corporate office. Then, at our recycling plant, we break apart the batteries into hazardous and non-hazardous materials. We are able to take the dangerous metals and add them back into the manufacturing industry, where they can be of use once again. This is a great way of keeping harmful materials out of the environment.

Button Batteries

We then come to button batteries, which you can find in watches, some toys, electronic greeting cards, and more. These buttons may be made of simple alkaline materials, just like AA batteries are. In that case, button batteries can be thrown away. However, if the button batteries contain lithium, silver, or mercury, they are obviously considered hazardous and should be either recycled or returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal.

Responsible E-Waste Recycling for Your Batteries

You can see from the above list that, while some batteries are fine to toss out in the trash, others contain dangerous metals and must be disposed of with all the proper care. In New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, Newtech Recycling works hard every day to practice safe and responsible electronic recycling for our customers and the environment. Whether it’s computer recycling, hard drive destruction, or recycling your rechargeable batteries, Newtech can help. E-waste recycling is an issue that is important not just to us, but to the world in general.

If you find yourself wondering how to recycle your batteries, or whether your batteries are hazardous at all, call Newtech Recycling. We are happy to recycle any of your old electronics and dispose of them in safe, legal, sustainable ways. Contact us today to learn more.


The US and Recycling

Why the U.S. is Terrible at Recycling Electronics

We’re all accustomed to the amount of technology we rely on day to day, so you might not even think about it. Most of us are constantly surrounded by technology and go through electronics fairly quickly. E-waste is a major problem that will have lasting effects on our environment and millions of tons of it are produced each year. Not only does this e-waste leak toxic chemicals into the soil and water, but it’s also a huge waste of resources. Much of this damage has already been done, but we can help prevent it from getting worse. 

One concern that can make it harder to prevent more e-waste from ending up in landfills is the amount of e-waste the U.S. has. A large amount of e-waste that gets put in landfills comes from the U.S., although we know the risks associated with this. This is a global issue, as the effects on our environment spread and impact us all. So, if e-waste is so harmful, why isn’t the U.S. falling behind when it comes to recycling electronics? 

Lack of Education

Many of us receive basic information about recycling as we grow up. Everyone understands the importance of recycling materials like plastic and glass, even if they don’t do it. However, many don’t know why electronics need to be recycled or where to do so. Recycling electronics isn’t as simple as putting it in your recycling bin and waiting for it to be picked up. If someone isn’t familiar with e-waste, they may not even realize that there’s an issue with lumping it in with their regular garbage. Some might not question what happens to their electronics when they throw them away and if e-waste recycling is big in your area, you might not even be aware that it’s an option. Ultimately it comes down to the consumers of these products to educate themselves on the dos and don’ts of recycling tech. Jessica Rose with Copper H2O reiterated this in stating that “At the end of the day, recycling issues largely rest at the feet of US consumers. For the US to become better at recycling, consumers must become more conscious about recycling.”

It’s Legal in Many States

The damaging effects of e-waste have already been proven, but there is no federal law that requires Americans to properly recycle electronics. Despite knowing the detrimental impact that electronics can have on our environment, it’s still legal in many states to throw them away. Of course, properly recycling electronics is still an option for these states, but it’s up to the individual to do it. Even in states where recycling electronics is mandatory, you have to go out of your way to recycle it. If a state doesn’t legally require that you take these extra steps to safely recycle e-waste, people can easily toss it in with their regular trash. 

Recycling Programs, in General, are Lacking

The U.S. needing major improvements on how we recycle electronics may not come as a big surprise if you already know that our regular recycling programs aren’t always top-notch. Overall, we can do better at making an effort to recycle in our lives. Compared to other countries, the U.S. still has some improvements to make when it comes to how much we recycle. Recycling items like paper and plastic is easier for many than it is to recycle electronics, and if we struggle with basic recycling already, it’s understandable that recycling electronics can be even more difficult. 

Electronics Recycling Made Easy

As the owner of multiple electronics, you have a huge responsibility to recycle them properly. As we go through electronics at a more rapid rate, e-waste recycling programs are more important than ever and all Americans need to make the effort to recycle their devices. At Newtech Recycling, we know the grave effects of e-waste and want to see that everyone is taking steps to reduce the amount that ends up in our landfills. Because of this, we aim to make recycling electronics as easy as possible. Whether it’s your old household devices or an entire office space that needs to be cleared out, Newtech is here to help. We ensure that all electronics are taken care of correctly and safely.

Robert Johnson with SAWINERY told us that the biggest issue he sees is consumers failing to properly recycle their electronics and causing contamination. “What adds to the burden of recycling is the failure to segregate properly, which leads to contamination, making it difficult for recycling manufacturers to manage and process these materials.” When you choose to use a recycling company for your e-waste it takes all the guess work out of it. They will handle separating and recycling your tech the correct way so you don’t have to!

Our e-waste problem won’t resolve itself and it’s time for each of us to start taking action. Learn more about how you can help reduce the amount of e-waste we create and how Newtech can help by contacting us today.  


Retrieve data from old computers

How to Protect Your Data Before You Get Rid of Your Computer

Your computer is loaded with all of your favorite things like cherished pictures, songs, and movies. Before you get rid of an old computer, these are obviously things you want to be able to hang onto. However, these aren’t the only important files that your computer has on it. Your computer contains all of your most important personal information, such as your banking information and other private details of your life. When you get rid of your computer, you want to be sure that all of this is completely wiped off before disposing of it.

It’s extremely important that you take every step that you can to protect yourself from someone getting all of your important personal information. Before you get rid of an old computer, read this so that you know how to protect yourself from someone stealing your data. 

Save Everything First

The first step before clearing all of your data is to make sure it’s all safely saved somewhere else first. Once you’ve successfully gotten all of your information off of your computer, there’s no getting it back. Look through everything before deleting it just so you’re sure you save anything you’ll want to have in the future. It’s a good practice to always have your data backed up just in case, but if you haven’t been doing it, take your time and go through everything that needs to be saved. There are a few different ways of doing this, with some of the most common methods being external storage devices and cloud services.

Sign Out of All Accounts

Many of us stay logged into the accounts we use most often and don’t even think about it. Many websites that contain sensitive information log you out after a certain amount of time, but there could be some that don’t. Accounts like your email, social media, and e-commerce store logins should all be logged out of before getting rid of your computer. You should also double-check that you don’t have any of your login information saved anywhere on your computer, like on a website itself or written in a document. 

Factory Reset

Going through and deleting information manually can be extremely time-consuming. Not only can this quickly become frustrating, but there’s also a good chance that you’re bound to miss something. To make things easier on yourself, do a factory reset rather than worrying about finding and deleting everything on your own, do a factory reset. This is something you can do on any device, including phones and tablets. A factory reset deletes any personal information on your computer and reverts it to the way it was when you initially bought it. This is a quick and simple way of deleting everything all at once.  

Have it Professionally Wiped

It’s common to handle erasing personal information from your computer all on your own. Often, it can look like everything has been successfully erased, but there could still be ways to access this information. This data can still be found on your computer if you know how to look for it. Someone getting access to the information just isn’t worth the risk. Your personal data isn’t something you want to risk. For the safest way to protect your data, bring your computer to a professional who can safely erase it. This is especially important for corporate computers.

Newtech Recycling knows how important it is to have your personal data taken care of before recycling your old computer. Because of this, we help you safely recycle old devices by offering data destruction services that guarantee your data will be completely removed from a device. As a trusted e-waste recycling center, we have access to technology that others don’t to effectively wipe all data from computers. In addition to deleting data, we can also destroy hard drives. Through these services, there will be no way for anyone to access your data, so you can feel safe recycling an old computer or device. 

Don’t take the risk of deleting data on your own. To learn more about how Newtech Recycling can help make recycling your old computer safe and simple, contact us today. 


Electronic Recycling Made Easy

You might not think of it, but you go through electronics often. Household appliances like refrigerators can last you for at least a decade, so while you might not be replacing those often, there’s plenty of other electronics in your house. Your computers and TVs can get you a few years of use, but you might be replacing your cell phones as frequently as once a year. 

With people all over the world doing this, the amount of unwanted electronics becomes overwhelmingly huge, but where does it all go? Many states and countries have made it mandatory that all unwanted electronics be appropriately recycled, but most of our old electronics still end up in landfills. At NewTech Recycling, we know how detrimental e-waste is and aim to provide easy electronic recycling across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. 

What is E-Waste Recycling?

Despite recycling electronics being required in many places, people still aren’t aware of it. Unlike your typical recycling where you can toss plastic and glass in a bin for someone to come collect, e-waste recycling requires you to go slightly out of your way. This could make people not realize that it’s an option or think that it’s much harder to do than it actually is. E-waste recycling is as simple as taking your old electronics to your local recycling center.

By properly recycling old electronics, you can help prevent them from ending up in landfills. Electronics that are discarded into landfills leak toxic chemicals into nearby soil, water, and air, endangering the entire environment. With so much of our electronic waste being thrown into landfills, this has quickly become a huge problem. Not only are the devices harmful when they’re left to waste away in landfills, but it’s also incredibly wasteful. We all know that the technology in our lives is valuable, but we often overlook just how valuable it is. Many devices today contain precious metals that need to be mined. These precious metals and other important elements in electronics can be reused again to create new devices after the current ones reach the end of their lives. 

E-Waste Recycling at NewTech

NewTech Recycling helps to make electronics recycling as simple as it can be. We offer a variety of different services that you might need while getting rid of your old electronics responsibly. Whether you have a few small devices to recycle or your whole office needs to be cleared out, you can rely on us. 

E-Waste Pick-Up

Recycling small devices like phones and tablets is incredibly simple. However, once you move into larger electronics and appliances, doing this on your own can be difficult. You might not have a car that can fit your unwanted electronics or you might be unable to physically move them yourself at all. If this is the case, NewTech has you covered. We own a fleet of trucks that can help electronics recycling easy by picking up your old products for you. 

Corporate Cleanout 

Cleaning out office spaces can be overwhelming, especially when you have to figure out where to send your old electronics. You might have dozens of computers and large copiers that you couldn’t possibly recycle on your own. NewTech offers corporate cleanout services that can help make recycling your old office electronics easy. We want to be sure that these electronics are taken care of responsibly when they’re out of use and work with you to help get them removed.  

Data Destruction

Most of us have important documents and information on all of our electronics. This is true if it’s a device you use for your personal life, which can contain things like your banking information, but also for businesses of all industries. When you’re recycling your old electronics, you want to be sure that no one has access to the information that was stored on the device while it was in use. Even if you have a broken device, there are still ways for this information to be retrieved, and simply deleting it yourself isn’t enough. We offer data destruction and hard drive shredding so that you can be sure all of your data is protected when you recycle old devices.

 

To learn more about the services we offer and how NewTech Recycling can help, contact us today.


Top Toxic Chemicals in Electronics

At Newtech Recycling, we spend a lot of time explaining to clients and website visitors just how dangerous it can be to throw your old electronics in the garbage. The reason is that most electronics contain heavy metals and other chemicals that are toxic to all life, from plants to animals to people. The presence of electronics in landfills is an extreme environmental and health hazard for that reason.

To give you a clearer idea of the risks involved with casually tossing electronics in with normal garbage, we are going to detail for you a few of the top toxic chemicals in electronic devices. We hope that, by the end, you will understand why we are so committed to tech recycling here at Newtech.

1. Lead

First on our list is lead, a heavy metal commonly found in old CRT, or cathode-ray tube, televisions. Lead is a metal you really don’t want to mess with. Its adverse effects on the human body will occur whether you breathe in, swallow, or absorb the substance. The frightening aspect of lead is that your body will take it in and store it in your bones and blood. The dangers of this are revealed only slowly, over time, as the lead is gradually released into your body from its storage places. This may result in pain or tingling, fatigue, abdominal cramps, and weakness. Higher exposures to lead can cause brain and kidney damage or death.

2. Mercury

You are likely somewhat familiar with mercury and its dangers; it was commonly used in old thermometers. But mercury is also present in the screens of LCD televisions, computers, and cell phones. You are safe while using these devices, but if they crack or become otherwise compromised, such as they would be in a landfill, the mercury vapors are released. Mercury is a particularly poisonous metal that can affect the development of unborn babies and damage the lungs, kidneys, eyes, digestive system, immune system, and nervous system of adults. The health effects of mercury exposure depend largely on the amount of mercury involved, what kind of exposure it was, and for how long the exposure lasted. Needless to say, mercury is not a metal anyone wants in the air, soil, or water. This is why we take electronic recycling so seriously at Newtech Recycling.

3. Cadmium

Cadmium is usually found in computer batteries, switches, and circuit boards. As with most of the chemicals we are listing, the effects of cadmium on the human body depend on the type of exposure that occurs. Strong exposure in a short period may damage the lungs and cause muscle pain, weakness, and chills. Meanwhile, gradual cadmium exposure over time can damage the kidneys, bones, and lungs. Finally, and importantly, cadmium is a known human carcinogen, meaning exposure to it can cause cancer.

4. Flame Retardants

The final item on our list is not another metal, but rather a general category known as flame retardants. These are chemicals that are applied directly to the components used in electronics to prevent the spread of fire, should one ever occur inside the device. Flame retardants are nearly inescapable in our society. They are used in many products, including electronics, furniture, and the insides of vehicles. Most people are exposed to flame retardants every day without realizing it. Brominated flame retardants are usually used in electronics. “Brominated” means the chemicals contain the element bromine, which can be hazardous to humans in its liquid and vapor state. Whether you absorb it through the skin or inhale it, bromine can damage the nervous system, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Once again, it is definitely not a chemical you would want to see transferred from a landfill to soil or groundwater.

Entrust Your Electronic Recycling to Newtech Recycling

The pictures we painted in the sections above do seem frightening. That’s because they are, but they are indeed our reality in the United States. Those metals and chemicals we mentioned do actually leach into the earth when electronics are deposited into landfills with other garbage.

At Newtech Recycling, we work every day to prevent scenarios like that taking place. We take your obsolete electronics, destroy your old personal data, and recycle the remaining parts to be used in further electronic production. It’s all in a day’s work when it comes to responsible tech recycling.

Contact us today to get a quote on your own recycling project, and we will be happy to assist you.


Can We Fix Our Way Out of the Growing E-Waste Problem?

E-waste is problematic in the environmental and health hazards it can cause upon being thrown away in the garbage. Let’s explain the basics of this.

For those who don’t know, e-waste consists of electronics and electrical devices that have surpassed their useful lives and are now considered junk or scrap. Now, why does e-waste pose the great dangers we mentioned above? It is because most electronics contain heavy metals that, when they leach into the ground of a landfill, can pollute the soil and water and kill parts of nearby ecosystems. Groundwater from landfills can run miles away from these sites, spreading that pollution elsewhere.

It makes sense, then, that people try to control the depositing of e-waste in landfills by engaging in responsible e-waste recycling. This type of recycling can truly fix our way out of the growing e-waste problem in the United States.

Before we discuss other solutions, we will look briefly at some e-waste background.

What Is E-Waste Like in the United States?

The United States creates around 10 million tons of e-waste a year, with numbers fluctuating around that number in different years. However, only a small portion of that is actually recycled in responsible ways.

The majority of American e-waste ends up in landfills, where other general refuse is dumped. Newer landfills have plastic liners under them to seal off their materials from the environment, but many older landfills do not have such liners. This means their contents can seep into the earth over time, causing great pollution.

This is a particular problem with e-waste, since much of it contains metals such as cadmium, cobalt, lead, and mercury. These can be deadly if ingested by animals or taken in by plants.

It is up to us to respond to this growing problem in the United States. E-waste recycling is one solution. But what are some others?

Possible Solutions to the U.S. E-Waste Problem

We asked around to get some ideas on what else can be done to reduce the United States’ e-waste production. Here are some possibilities.

Turn E-Waste into Chromebooks

Drew Darnbrough of Neverware suggested the following: “For anyone with old computers that still work (and even some that don't!), you can always try turning them into a Chromebook for free with our CloudReady Home Edition OS.”

This is certainly one option: getting the Chrome environment on old devices, even outdated computers that might otherwise be thrown away and become hazardous e-waste.

Take an Ordered Approach

Another e-waste solution is to construct an ordered, formalized approach to the entire problem. Paul Katzoff of White Canyon had this to say about the issue:

“We feel that the only way to eradicate e-waste completely in the U.S. is to follow these steps:

  1. Properly list where all batteries should be disposed of and how many batteries each device has.
  2. Provide disposal recommendations on LCD screens, plastic body cases, electric cords, and chipboards.
  3. Motivate the electronics industry to create only fully recyclable components.
  4. Create plastics that decompose in 50 years for all e-components to remove microplastics from the environment.
  5. Each electronic component must be certified 100% recyclable before import or sale in the U.S. Penalties must be attached for any store selling non-recyclable electronics.”

Reduce the Number of Devices

Another possible solution to the United States’ e-waste problem is simply to reduce the number of devices that are extant throughout the country. Aleksandra Wronecka of Value Logic suggested a product that can help.

“Its name is Bookado, and it is a room reservation system that does not demand any tablets or touchscreens placed near conference room doors. Instead, it works based on an AR solution that allows users to scan AR markers with their own phones and within seconds see the status of the room. Bookado users can sort company rooms by availability. It was developed in the BYOD (bring your own device) model and I believe this is the future of reducing e-waste because fewer devices mean less pollution.”

Recycle at Stores

A final possible solution is to return your old electronics to the stores where you buy upgrades for those devices. Stacy Caprio of Deals Scoop explains: “One way to contribute to fixing the U.S.’s growing e-waste problem is to participate in the return or recycling programs many brands and stores offer when you buy a new upgrade. These programs give you the opportunity to turn in your older models for free recycling or even in exchange for a discount on the newer model.

“Recycling your old electronics by giving them back to the store or brand you bought them from can help with the e-waste problem because the store is often able to reuse some of the parts instead of the entire product going into a landfill.”

Newtech Recycling Can Help with Your E-Waste Recycling

Alongside these other solutions to the United States e-waste problem, Newtech Recycling continues to offer its own fix to the issue: responsible e-waste recycling. We work throughout the Tri-State area to take in your old, obsolete electronics and dispose of them properly. We destroy your data to ensure your privacy and then reuse as many parts of your electronics as we can, even salvaging components that we can return to the raw materials market. We are here to help make this a better world for everybody.

 

Contact Newtech Recycling today to get a quote on your electronic recycling project.


5 Shocking Environmental Effects of E-Waste

If you’re like most people today, you likely spend most of your day using electronics. This has become such a common part of our lives that you might not even notice just how many electronics you interact with on a regular day. Most of us are very comfortable using technology, although we might not have a good understanding of what our devices actually contain. We aren’t expected to understand how any of the devices in our lives work, but we all need to educate ourselves on how to use them safely. 

Disposing of electronics like regular garbage is extremely harmful to our environment, but it continues to happen every day. Here are five environmental effects of e-waste that you might not realize. 

Toxins Contaminate Soil

One of the most obvious ways that e-waste affects the environment is through soil. Contaminated soil is a huge concern, as it can be incredibly easy to spread after that. Thomas Woznicki, president of Combined Resources, Inc, explains “One thing many people don't realize is that e-waste, when not properly recycled, can have harmful effects on animals and wildlife. When toxins from improperly processed e-waste leach into soil, they can contaminate groundwater which can cause neurological damage to animals who drink that water. Aquatic wildlife can also suffer from toxic waste as a result of improper e-waste disposal.” By contaminating the soil with dangerous chemicals, we create the risk of poisoning everything around it. 

Water Pollution

After it’s contaminated the soil, toxins can eventually make their way into nearby water. Marine biologist and chief editor at Water-Pollution Casper Ohm says “The issue with electronics is that they contain toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, all of which are bad for the environment. The way they end up in the water supply is through a process called bioleaching, where the metals gradually leach out of where they were disposed, leaking into neighboring environments. When organisms consume this metal, it's stored in trace amounts, accumulating over time, and then passed up the food chain.”

Damage to the Atmosphere

While contaminating water and soil is a huge concern when it comes to e-waste, toxins can also release into the air. E-waste is harmful enough on its own, but when electronics are disposed of incorrectly, they often end up being burned, which only makes them more dangerous. This exposes those in the area to the toxins in the air, but it quickly and easily spreads far beyond that. When these toxins are released into the air, they can travel for miles. This can lead to multiple people being forced to breathe in contaminated air, which can lead to further problems, such as respiratory concerns. 

Drain on Resources

Electronic devices are so commonplace that we often don’t realize how valuable they are. Many of the electronics you use each day use precious metals, of which there is a limited supply in the world. When electronics are tossed away and not recycled, these valuable resources are completely wasted when they could have been reused. When new products are created, we need to again find these materials, which won’t always be available to us once we use them all up. Mining these materials often puts workers at risk as well, making it even more important to recycle existing electronics. 

Josh Prigge, owner of the sustainability consulting firm Sustridge, explains some of the concerns of e-waste, “We’re not only talking about the economic value that could be recovered and the new minerals and precious metals that wouldn’t need to be extracted from Earth if we reused what already exists, but what about all the energy and water used to create the once glorious iPhones and laptops in the first place? Most electronic products like the iPhone are in use for a short 12 -18 months before being discarded and upgraded to the newest model.” By recycling these products responsibly, we can help make it easier to create new ones going forward, rather than draining resources and energy to create them from scratch. 

Health Issues in Humans and Wildlife

Of course, when so much of our environment has been negatively affected by e-waste, it will eventually start to affect us. Although we may be far away from where our e-waste goes, it can eventually catch up with us. As it’s in our food and water, exposure to these toxins can lead to health issues for humans and animals. While this can affect all of us via water and the foods we eat, those living in underdeveloped areas that take on the world’s e-waste are especially at risk. Casper Ohm comments “Humans are at the top of this food chain, which is why the toxic metals from e-waste which starts as a simple battery-leak on a crushed iPhone, to the grilled fish on your plate many years later. As the metals spread through the water supply, they will end up inside fish and also in your local produce. Vegetables soak up everything from the water they are given, so trace amounts of metals can be found on them as well.”

We can dramatically cut back the effect that e-waste has on our environment by recycling and repurposing our old electronics. Contact NewTech Recycling today to properly dispose of your old, broken, or unwanted electronic devices.


Introduction to Electronics (E-Waste) Recycling

Cell phones, desktop computers, laptops, televisions, and other electronics have a shelf life. Often, when our devices become worn, we instantly upgrade to the latest technology, and we dispose of our old products. However, while throwing them away may appear to be an easy solution, electronics can become toxic when mixed with normal trash. 

These products are known as electronic waste or e-waste, and they can’t be discarded like regular items. Rather, they should be broken down through recycling their parts and clearing and redistributing their hardware components, so they can be reused. At Newtech Recycling, we strive to express how essential e-waste recycling is to protecting the environment and ensuring that electronics are disposed of safely. Given its importance, it is crucial to describe our step-by-step recycling process to demonstrate how we at Newtech properly handle e-waste. 

E-Waste Recycling Process

E-waste is unwanted electronic devices or equipment nearing the end of their useability. When electronics are being discarded, they must be gotten rid of correctly through recycling. Otherwise, these items can become hazardous, as their chemicals can leach from the products when buried in landfills. Poisoning the environment, these toxins seep into the ground and find their way into the groundwater, soil, and air. Here at Newtech, our professionals have the expertise to follow through with recycling your aging electronics. Detailed below is information regarding our approach. 

1.) Strategic Planning, Packing, and Cleaning 

If you can’t deposit your devices at a center, a pick-up can be organized to pack your electronics. For larger operations or corporate customers, e-waste recycling experts can layout the necessary logistics. They come at a time that works for you and with trucks to transport any hassling electronic equipment. Handling the powering down, dismantling, and packing of your electronics hardware, they can assist with any cleanout project regardless of size. 

2.) Inventory and Test

With an e-waste recycling center, they can box up your electronics and take an inventory of your products. Offices, especially, with multiple sets of computers, monitors, and copiers are going to be easier to keep track of with an itemized list. They will categorize the data according to the manufacturer, model, serial number, and asset number. This way they are aware of the total number of devices that need to be recycled and provides a structure for submitting items to the recycling center. 

3.) Data Destruction and Hard Drive Shredding

You can delete the materials on your hard drive yourself, but this doesn’t guarantee that your files are secure. Even if removed, it isn’t permanent, as the next person using the device could recover the data. By seeking professional help, your devices can go through data destruction. An electromagnetic pulse or EMP shatters the binary sequences of your computer, making it challenging for the drive to retain any information. Hard drive shredding another technique of e-waste recycling that completely erases your data from your drive. It slices your hard drive into pieces with no chances for recovery.

4.) Electronic Recycling 

After the removal of hard drive information, it's time to launch the recycling process. Separating the electronic components, including metals, glass, and plastics, ensures that no chemicals enter the earth. We organize them by type and then send them out to manufacturers to reuse the materials in their products. This results in a constant and steady flow of cycling, which not only benefits the environment but the world’s natural resources. 

Committed E-Waste Recycling

At Newtech Recycling, you can entrust our staff to begin eliminating your e-waste with our thorough recycling processes. Flexible and reliable, we can head-start your plan to collect your products for either your home or office space. We recognize the significance of reusing old electronic materials and breaking them down to ensure their prolonged usability. Rest assured, we will dispose of them correctly. 

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Go Green: Learn About E-Waste Recycling

If you’re like most people, you’re probably attached to electronics all day long, but you don’t actually have a good understanding of them. Today, our electronics are extremely complex and we can’t hope to understand exactly what they’re made of or how they work. Likewise, we often don’t know what we’re supposed to do with them when they reach the end of their lives. Maybe you have a box full of old phones somewhere in your home or you might even have thrown them away in the garbage before.

Another thing you might not know about electronics is how toxic they can become when it’s thrown out as regular garbage. Anyone who owns any type of electronics has a responsibility to learn more about e-waste and how to recycle electronics. 

What is E-Waste?

When your electronics are no longer useful and you need to get rid of them, they can become e-waste. Each year, millions of tons of e-waste end up in landfills. In our homes when they’re being properly maintained, these items are perfectly fine, but when they’re thrown away, they create harmful toxins that can spread into soil and water. Not only is e-waste unsafe for our environment, but it’s also a huge waste of resources. Much of the metal, plastic, and glass in our electronics can be salvaged when electronics are recycled and reused to help create new electronics in the future. 

What Electronics Create E-Waste?

There are multiple different appliances and devices that count as e-waste. This can include any electronics you might find around the house or in your workplace. It includes all of our tech devices, like phones, tablets, and computers. In addition to this, it also includes appliances like microwaves, refrigerators, and air conditioners. When you take the time to think of how many electronics you use in a single day as an individual, you can clearly see what a huge problem it is that these may one day end up in landfills.

What Can We Do About E-Waste?

Understanding what a massive issue e-waste is all over the world can make you immediately concerned about what we can do to help prevent this problem from growing. Fortunately, we’re all able to help make a difference in the amount of e-waste that ends up in our landfills. In fact, it could be a law depending on where you live that you have to recycle your electronics. By recycling and donating our old electronics, we can all work to reduce the amount of e-waste in the world.

Recycling

When you’re done with your old electronics, they should always be recycled responsibly. E-waste recycling is different from the recycling we do at home every day and requires you to go through special centers that know how to properly recycle old electronics. Find an electronics recycling center near you that knows how to properly take care of old electronics and devices. At these centers, they can take the reusable parts of your unwanted electronics so that they can be used again in the future. We go through tech products more and more frequently, so reusing these elements is more important now than ever. This also keeps your old electronics from potentially becoming harmful to the environment.

Donations

Do you have some electronics that still work properly? If you have electronics that work perfectly fine, you might not want to look into recycling just yet. For electronics that still have some life left in them, you may be able to donate them, rather than recycle them. While recycling is great, you want to know that you’ve gotten as much use as possible out of them before recycling. Donating is also a good way to help support charities in need of electronics. You can reach out to charities to see if they’ll take them, but you might be able to do this right through your local recycling center as well. 


How to Recycle Old Electronics

When your older electronics start giving out or you’re just looking for an upgrade, you’re probably focused on what you’ll buy next rather than what you already have. Buying new technology and getting the latest models can be an exciting time. But once you get your new devices, what are you supposed to do with the old ones? Many people aren’t sure what they’re supposed to do with old tech products and they could end up laying around the house collecting dust. 

Recycling tech has become increasingly important not only to protect our landfills from the toxic chemicals that can be used in tech products, but also to repurpose materials we may have a limited supply of. Ajay Kochhar with Li-Cycle is no stranger to tech recycling. “Battery supply constraints are beginning to emerge due to the delay in li-ion production because raw materials are becoming short in supply, which makes recycling critical in order to avoid a supply chain shortage.”

Unfortunately, many of our old devices end up as e-waste as well. These devices are tossed into landfills to waste away and create toxic chemicals that can seep into the soil and endanger the surrounding areas. Because of this, it’s extremely important to learn about how to safely recycle your old electronics. At Newtech Recycling, we can help make sure that everyone in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania has a reliable place to safely recycle their old electronics.  

Do Electronics Need to be Recycled? 

Everyone should be recycling their old electronics. Recycling centers are available all over the country, so there is no reason for harmful e-waste to end up in landfills. For many Americans, recycling isn’t simply a nice thing you can do for the environment. Many states have made it a law to responsibly recycle your old electronics and disposing of them incorrectly could leave you facing a huge fine. This includes not only our tech devices like cell phones and computers, but household appliances like refrigerators and microwaves as well. Even if your state doesn’t require you to recycle your electronics, this is something you should be doing to help prevent more e-waste from entering landfills. Not only is this detrimental for our environment, but it also wastes valuable parts in our devices that could be reused. 

Where Do You Recycle Electronics?

Recycling your old electronics involves a few extra steps than throwing your plastics water bottles in a bin. If you have smaller devices, like laptops and cell phones, that you can easily pick up and put in the car, you can take your electronics straight to your local center to have them take care of it. However, if you have large appliances at home or have multiple devices and appliances in an office space, doing this on your own isn’t always an option. If this is the case for you, there are still ways for you to ensure that you can get your electronics recycled properly. Many recycling centers give you the option to come to wherever you can and pick up your appliances if you’re unable.  

 

Before you take your electronics anywhere to be recycled, do our research to make sure the place you’re going is reliable and it’s somewhere you can trust that they follow all regulations for recycling electronics. You should also make sure that you’ve saved any important files on your computer somewhere safe so that you don’t lose anything after recycling it. For your protection, have all of your data wiped from your devices before recycling them. 

What if Your Old Electronics Still Work?

Many of us might buy new electronics as a treat when our old ones work perfectly fine. Old electronics are often still in great working condition, so you might not want to take them to be recycled when they’re still usable. If you have electronics that you don’t want but are in good condition, you may be able to donate them. Your local recycling center may take electronics like this and donate them to different charities. If the recycling center near you doesn’t handle donations, you should still be able to find a local charity that is open to receiving electronics as donations. We spoke to Daniel W. Rasmus with Serious Insights who told us “If they still work but don’t have resale value, I will donate them toThe Boys and Girls Club.” This is just an example of one charity that will accept old electronics but there are a ton more who can utilize your old tech products.