Business Computer Recycling

Technology changes at the speed of light, and with this landscape comes the need for businesses to keep up with the marketplace. This results in tons of e-waste being thrown into landfills every year to make room for new electronics. But this process is incredibly wasteful. The 9.4 million tons of e-waste discarded by Americans annually surpasses every other country in the world.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only 12.5 percent of e-waste is actually recycled. This means that 87.5 percent of electronic waste is never able to be recycled. Businesses produce massive amounts of computer waste, but they can help keep landfills free from e-waste by recycling.

What is E-Waste?

As the name implies, e-waste consists of materials that comprise electronics. Products that fit under the category of e-waste include:

  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Central Processing Units (CPUs)
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Phones
  • Fax Machines
  • Televisions

If your company has any of these pieces to discard, recycling is the responsible way to dispose of them. It is also the legal way in the states where we operate.

The Importance of Recycling Computers

There are many reasons why it is important for computers and e-waste to be recycled. The primary reason is that recycling preserves natural resources. Since the materials used to make computers can be reclaimed, recycling reduces the amount of new natural resources needed to produce new items. Another reason to recycle used computers is to keep harmful waste out of landfills.

Harmful Waste in Electronics 

The harmful waste contained in discarded computers is of particular concern. Many people don’t realize that there are toxic elements used in the production of computers that we simply cannot have in landfills.

Toxic elements such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium are hazardous to the environment because they release harmful poisons into the ground. If left unchecked, these poisons can kill nearby ecosystems and get into nearby groundwater. The safe and responsible disposal of this kind of toxic waste is extremely critical.

The most effective way to mitigate the potential ills that can come from discarding harmful materials is to recycle your computer with a computer salvage company that specializes in handling the toxic metals that these machines and other electronics contain.

Why Organizations need to Recycle their Computers and E-Waste

In the world we live in, recycling is often not considered, and waste is typically thrown in the dumpster without a second thought. But the mountains of old laptops, computer monitors, CPUs, and keyboards make for a grim future for the world’s landfills.

Luckily, there is a growing industry dedicated to addressing the rapidly increasing e-waste issue. Before getting rid of old computers, think about the benefits recycling will have on the environment.

Let our recycling process do its job by wiping data from your old machines and safely disposing of your outdated electronic hardware. We will always work with you to keep the environment clean and healthy.

Desktop Disposal

Do you have old, unwanted computers that you need to discard but are unsure of what to do or how? Newtech Recycling Inc. can help manage the disposal of all business and government computers.

There are two main laws to consider before you dispose of your obsolete computers. The first is that all PCs, workstations, and desktop computers are classified as e-waste and must be recycled. The second involves data protection laws. At Newtech recycling, we strongly suggest using our hard drive data destruction service to ensure data protection laws are observed. 

Wiping a PC Drive

Business computers can contain a mix of both personal and business data. If DPA data is recovered from a workstation computer, it will result in prosecution. Deleting files and formatting the computer’s memory isn’t always enough to ensure information is permanently removed from the drive.

Newtech Recycling Inc. guarantees the files and data held on your computer hard drive will never be read again. Our hard drive data destruction service starts with the secure collection of your old computers. Once your used company PCs arrive at our recycling facility, they have their hard drives removed, and each hard drive serial number is recorded. We then record the process as each drive is wiped, sterilized, and shredded. This makes it impossible to access data again.

Desktop Donation

Donating your business’s used company computers is a praiseworthy idea. All old PCs will eventually need recycling, but you might get a few more years of use out of them before they become truly obsolete. Just be sure to wipe the drives and ensure each PC is fully operational first.

Donating computers that aren’t in the best working condition could create a problem for the charity or recipient. If a charity has to pay for the disposal of old computers a few months later, you are not exactly helping them. Businesses also need to ensure that hard drives have either been replaced or never held any private or business-sensitive data. Failure to follow the data protection act when disposing of computers can result in prosecution.

Flat Screen Monitors Disposal

Today, many businesses use flat screen monitors. Like all other similar electronics, these need to be disposed of properly. Some older models can contain mercury that needs to be handled responsibly, while newer models have LED lights that can be reused in new monitors. When you need safe and reliable computer monitor disposal, come to Newtech Recycling to work with a screen recycler that ensures your used computer screens end up in the right place.

Reselling Computers

Are you upgrading your I.T. infrastructure or replacing your old business PCs? Newtech Recycling may be able to help sell old company computers. If your desktop or workstation PCs are in prime condition and still modern, they could be worth money.

Some clients send us used, but extremely good, modern desktop and workstation computers and use their value to offset the cost of recycling their junk computers and e-waste. We can occasionally buy used computers or offset the sale against the cost of recycling, provided these computers are modern, in excellent working condition, and run all the latest operating systems and other such software.

Why Recycle Computers?

Office desktop computers, workstations, and business PCs are all classified as toxic e-waste and must be recycled by your company. Newtech Recycling can help by recycling your used, broken, or obsolete computers and CPUs. 

The main reason we have to recycle workspace computers is that they contain toxic materials in their parts. These toxins may be harmless when contained, but if a PC is thrown out in a landfill, it will end up polluting the environment and even our drinking water. Recycling ensures that all the toxic metals and chemicals within a junk computer are reclaimed and reused in new computers. This prevents toxins from entering the environment through landfills or illegal dumping.

Laptop Recycling

If you have old, unwanted laptops and are unsure of what to do with them or how to dispose of a broken laptop, Newtech Recycling can help. We manage the secure and legal disposal of corporate and municipal I.T. hardware, including laptops and other mobile devices.

Our laptop disposal service offers the collection and recycling of all business and commercial laptops. We collect used, broken, damaged, obsolete, and working laptops.

As with desktops, there are two main laws to consider when disposing of your firm’s obsolete laptops. Laptop computers are classified as e-waste by the state and must be recycled by an authorized laptop recycler, and you need to ensure you are not infringing on any data protection laws. 

Wiping a Laptop Drive

Business laptops can contain personal and business data that might result in civil prosecution for neglecting to follow the data protection act if recovered from your unwanted laptop.

At Newtech Recycling Inc., we offer a 100% guaranteed data destruction service, which is especially useful to I.T. managers with many old laptops to recycle. The service starts with the secure collection of your old laptops. Once your used company laptops arrive at our recycling facility, they are tagged and have their hard drives removed. Each hard drive is then wiped, blasted with an EMP to scramble its data-holding capabilities, and physically shredded into flakes.

Reselling Used Company Laptops

Have you just upgraded your I.T. and are considering reselling the old company laptops? Newtech Recycling may be able to help. If a laptop is in optimal condition and supporting or able to support the latest OS and software, it could hold value.

Reselling company laptops in excellent condition can be a great way to reduce the costs of disposing of old laptops and I.T. hardware. We will buy them from you if they are good enough, reducing the amount of hazardous junk in the environment.

CRT Monitor Recycling

A cathode ray tube (CRT) is a specialized vacuum tube where images are produced when an electron beam strikes a phosphorescent surface. The CRT monitor was most commonly used with desktop computer displays until the invention of flat screens. The CRT PC display is similar to the “picture tube” in a CRT television.

The challenge with these units is that they contain lead, which can contaminate the environment if not managed and processed correctly. The monitor contains two areas of concern: the “funnel” or rear portion of the monitor and the “frit,” which is the lead-containing material used as an adhesive to attach the rear portion/funnel- to the front face plate.  Most people incorrectly assume that the lead is housed in the face plate of the units, while it resides internally in the areas noted above.

The key is to find a vendor who will manage these hazardous portions of the monitors properly and process the lead with the right downstream partners. Newtech has been a key processor of this material since its inception in 1995. We have worked diligently to manage this material to protect the environment from harm and our clients from any long-term liabilities resulting from the improper disposal of the leaded material.

CRT Garbage Collection

Old waste CRT displays and monitors aren’t classified as regular trash. In fact, a CRT computer monitor or TV isn’t really classified as garbage, either. Broken or unwanted CRTs are actually classified as toxic waste, solid toxic waste to be more precise. Therefore, old TV sets and computer monitors don’t go into the dumpster along with the rest of your household trash.

CRT garbage needs to be collected by or taken to a state-authorized e-waste recycler. Newtech Recycling is a state-authorized R2 and EPA-registered e-waste recycler that offers both the collection and recycling of your garbage CRT monitors and TV sets. We collect only from businesses, not from households. However, if you are a resident with an old TV, we recommend creating a company e-waste event at your workplace or arranging to bring it to us.

Processing a CRT the Right Way

As mentioned above, a CRT monitor contains lead which needs to be managed and processed properly. The key is to separate the non-leaded material from the leaded material. 

Newtech and our downstream approved vendors utilize methods to separate the tube into two pieces, the ‘face plate”-or non-leaded portion from the rear “funnel”- which contains the hazardous leaded material. These two cullet streams then become feedstock for various applications or manufacturing. Being a simple glass based product, the face plate does not pose a threat to the environment. Managing the leaded material/ cullet stream is a key differentiator for Newtech. We have multiple downstream vendors who utilize this material and process it through smelting equipment to recover the lead. The recovered lead is then used in new manufacturing processes, completing our closed-loop process.

CRT Disposal Laws

Many electronic devices contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury, beryllium, and cadmium, and recycling them is difficult but worthwhile. Many states have adopted rules and laws focusing on the proper management and disposal of this equipment to protect our environment from toxic waste from incorrect CRT disposal. These CRT landfill bans create the need to work with a vendor who can efficiently and effectively manage and process these standards. States are instituting strict criteria and audits that evaluate the collection, processing methods, and downstream vendor evaluations. Unfortunately, there have been multiple instances in recent years where processors made false claims regarding their disposal methods and capabilities, resulting in leaded material illegally disposed of in landfills, stockpiled in warehouses, or in recycling yards that could potentially seep into the ground. States and manufacturers now closely scrutinize all vendors and their CRT and television processing and downstream vendors. 

At Newtech Recycling, we pride ourselves on our environmental track record regarding CRT monitor recycling. Our facility and collection services are fully authorized to pick up and dispose of used CRT monitors and televisions. As an R2 and state-authorized CRT e-waste recycler, we can collect and manage the disposal of CRT computer monitors and televisions from New Jersey, New York (including NYC and Long Island), Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. 

Recycle Your Computers Responsibly Today

All businesses should put in the work of responsibly recycling old and unwanted computers to help protect our environment. While preventing e-waste from ending up in landfills is important for the environment, many states legally require it. Newtech Recycling can help ensure that your computers are taken care of responsibly and that all legal requirements are met.

Contact Newtech Recycling today to learn how to recycle your unwanted computers properly.

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