Electronic waste, or e-waste, provides a unique challenge for businesses, especially small businesses just a few marks away from needing expansion. It can be difficult to add extra staffing to properly manage an electronics recycling plan, but the fines associated with improper disposal may make it a necessity. Here are a few recycling planning points and disposal techniques to reduce recycling costs and maybe even turn a recycling profit.
Scrap Or Stack? Choose A Level Of Dismantling And Removal
Electronic devices are considered hazardous because of the contents, but there is also some profitable content that can be sent through the recycling system while the hazardous components are neutralized. It's up to you to decide the level of profit to siphon from the task.
Every metal and other basic material has a recycling rate. Plastic, aluminum, copper, gold, platinum, and many other materials found at the scrap level inside electronics all have their own recycling pay rate that changes daily. You can hold on to some materials until a better payday arrives, but that comes with some work.
Your business will have to separate the materials by taking the devices apart, and this is no easy task. Even the sometimes comical method of smashing the devices takes a lot of time when it comes to separating everything, and you're often better off with professionals who can accurately dismantle and organize the components.
Consider personnel you have on hand to do the task, and figure out what you'd lose from either taking them off specific projects or paying overtime if necessary. If there is no loss and the work can be done in normal business hours, you likely have a profit opportunity with dismantling training for your technical staff. If you have to hire outsiders, factor that into the recycling pay.
If the cost to dismantle electronics is more than the recycling pay, simply deliver the electronics as whole units for an averaged price.
Removal And Organization Planning
The act of dismantling and removing electronics can make the business a bit hectic, so make sure to have a project timeline, hallway traffic procedures, and container plans in place.
Container placement is a big part of making the project efficient, as fatigue will eventually kick in and slow down your workers. Consider renting a dumpster marked for recycling and placing it near one of the exits, just to make dropping off junk electronics easier.
Inside the building, smaller, color-coded recycling bins can make separating individual materials much simpler. It also makes turning in the individual materials easier, as workers can hand-carry large amounts in the same bins used for organizing.
Contact a junk dumpster rental professional, such as USA Hauling Service, to discuss container types and possible delivery options.Share