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 to keep landfills free from e-waste by recycling.

What is E-Waste?

As the name implies, e-waste consists of the 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 a variety of reasons why it is important for entities to recycle their computers and e-waste. 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, which leads to another point.

Harmful Waste

The harmful waste contained in discarded computers is of particular concern. What many people don’t realize is 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 landfills of the world.

Luckily, there is a growing industry dedicated to addressing the rapidly increasing e-waste issue. Before tossing your old computer components into the dumpster, think about the benefits this will have on the environment.

Let our recycling process do its job by eliminating the data from your old machines and safely disposing of your outdated electronic hardware. Newtech Recycling 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? Are you unsure of what to do or how best to dispose of work PCs? Newtech Recycling Inc. can help. We manage the disposal of all business and government computers in NJ, NY, CT, and PA.

The two main laws to consider before you dispose of your obsolete computers are: 1. all PCs, workstations, and desktop computers are classified as e-waste and must be recycled. 2. We strongly suggest you use our hard drive data destruction service to ensure the data protection laws are observed. We manage the secure and legal disposal of thousands of computers.

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

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

If you donate computers that aren’t in the best working condition, you could be creating a problem for the charity or recipient. For example, if a charity has to pay for the disposal of your old computers a few months after you’ve donated them, you are not exactly helping them. Your firm also needs to ensure that the hard drives have either been replaced or have never held any private or business-sensitive data. Failure to follow the data protection act when disposing of computers can result in prosecution.

Reselling Computers

Upgrading your I.T. infrastructure? Replacing your old business PCs? If you are thinking about selling the old company computers and I.T. hardware, call Newtech Recycling Inc. at 732-564-3110. We may be able to help. If your desktop or workstation PCs are in prime condition and still modern, they could still be worth money.

Some of our clients send us used but extremely good, modern desktop and workstation computers and ask us to use their value to offset the cost of recycling their junk computers and e-waste. Newtech Recycling, on occasion, buys used computers or offsets 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 aims to support you in this by recycling your used, broken, or obsolete computers and CPUs. Newtech Recycling offers either a collection or drop-off computer disposal service.

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 then reused in new computers. This recycling process 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 best to dispose of your old laptops, Newtech Recycling can help. We manage the secure and legal disposal of corporate and municipal I.T. hardware, which includes 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.

There are two main laws to consider when disposing of your firms’ obsolete laptops. Firstly, all laptop computers are classified as e-waste by the state and must be recycled by an authorized laptop recycler. Secondly, we strongly suggest you use our laptop hard drive data destruction service to ensure you are not infringing on any data protection laws. Newtech Recycling manages the secure and legal disposal of thousands of laptops. You are in good hands!

Wiping a Laptop Drive

Business laptops can contain personal and business data that, if recovered from a laptop you disposed of, might result in civil prosecution for neglecting to follow the data protection act.

At Newtech Recycling Inc. we offer a 100% guaranteed data destruction service, which is especially useful to I.T. managers with a lot of old laptops to dispose of. 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 then physically shredded into flakes.

Reselling Used Company Laptops

Have you just upgraded your I.T. and replaced all the ratty old laptops in your company? Are you 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 may still hold value.

Reselling company laptops that are 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, and this is a great way to reduce the amount of hazardous junk in the environment.

CRT Monitor Recycling

A cathode ray tube (CRT) is a specialized vacuum tube in which 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 if not managed and processed correctly can contaminate the environment.   The monitor contains two areas of concern: the “funnel” or rear portion of the monitor and the “frit” which is the lead containing material that is used as an adhesive to attached 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 not only protect the environment, but also our clients from any long term liabilities that could result 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 junk 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 would recommend you either create a company e-waste event at your workplace or arrange 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. 

Either Newtech or its 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 what 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 a difficult but worthwhile process. To protect our environment from toxic waste resulting from the incorrect disposal of CRT monitors and televisions, many states have adopted rules and laws focusing on the proper management and disposal of this equipment.   These CRT landfill bans now in place, create the need to work with a vendor who can efficiently and effectively manage and process to these standards. States are instituting strict criteria and audits which evaluate collection and processing methods as well as downstream vendor evaluations. Unfortunately, there has been multiple instances that have occurred over recent years where processors were making false claims regarding their disposal methods and capabilities.  The result was leaded material was illegally disposed of in landfills or stockpiled in warehouses or in recycling yards to potentially seep into the ground. States and manufacturers are now closely scrutinizing all vendors and their CRT and television processing and downstream vendors. 

We at Newtech Recycling pride ourselves on our environmental track record when it comes to the processing and managing of this toxic, leaded material.  We run a facility and collection service that is fully authorized to pick-up and dispose of used CRT monitors and televisions. As an R2 and State authorized CRT e-waste recycler we are able to collect and manage the disposal of CRT computer monitors and televisions from: New Jersey, New York (including NYC and Long Island), Connecticut and Pennsylvania. To arrange for the collection CRT waste or for more information or help, please call: 732-564-3110 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday EST.

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