Electronic waste or it ewaste refers to discarded electronic or electrical equipment. Used electronic devices that are destined for resale, recycling, re-manufacturing, refurbishing, or only disposal are also called e-Waste.
As a result of the proliferation of computers and other electronic gadgets in today’s society, there is an increasing demand for recyclable e-Waste; this is also referred to as e-Stewards. These companies buy and sell scrap electronic components that are used in products that require re-manufacturing or re-use and even in the construction of new products such as computers.
Many of the companies that specialize in e-Stewards recycling use a system whereby they can analyze the quality of the electronics, including their characteristics, to determine whether it is recyclable. The process involves separating the materials into different categories, such as the physical, chemical, and mechanical components. Once this is done, the parts can then be sold on to third parties who want to sell them on to others who would like to resell them at a profit.
Most recycling companies are open to the public and allow people to visit their facilities to test out the various types of materials that they sell. Still, they usually charge a small fee when you see them for this purpose. The recycling companies sell electronic waste to companies who use the components for making new electronic gadgets, such as laptops and mobile phones.
Many businesses prefer to purchase their electronic waste from companies who specialize in e-Stewards recycling, such as Solid Edge Recycling Inc. (SERT). If you have an old laptop, you can donate it to SERT to be recycled into new laptop parts. Many people opt to donate older computers since they are cheaper to replace than new ones. Several companies sell refurbished laptops that you can use to replace your laptop.
People also buy scrap and unwanted electronic products, such as cell phones, circuit boards, memory chips, and batteries from manufacturers that do not want to sell them and sell them to the Recycler. Companies like Solid Edge Recycling, and Recycler Recycling Corporation of America, or Eco-smart Recycling also buy the electronic waste and then sell it to companies that sell it to electronics manufacturers. Some recycling companies even go further and offer to ship these electronic products directly to the electronics manufacturer of your choice.
Eco-smart Recycling and SERT offer you the opportunity to do a simple drop-off program for the waste you bring to them, and they will then send it directly to the company of your choice. The price that you pay for sending this type of electronic waste to the company of your choice is less than $100, which is usually less than what you would have to pay for shipping the garbage to the manufacturer.
It is important to remember that your electronic waste is not all that is available and the companies that specialize in e-Stewards recycling don’t always sell the best quality electronics that you need. It is also important to remember that not all electronics that are recycled are necessarily broken so that your old computers aren’t thrown out because of a lack of recycling.