How to Take Advantage of Local Recycling Incentives for Your Business
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, October 2, 2017 12:30
Any company that has been in business for more than a couple of years faces the challenge of disposing of old electronics. Unlike old file folders and furniture, you can’t simply toss electronics into a dumpster or drop them off at a general waste disposal facility. Instead, you’re expected to responsibly dispose of every item that could potentially be hazardous to the environment. This includes:
- Computers and servers
- Computer and server components
- Mobile devices
- Keyboards and mice
- Printers and scanners
- Modems and networking hubs
- Printer toner cartridges
- Cables, chargers, and adapters
- Laptop and mobile device batteries
Not only is disposing of such items unsafe, but it can also lead to costly penalties in some states. Fortunately, in those states and many more, there are now electronic waste recycling programs designed to give residents an easy, convenient way to get rid of these items. Whether or not your state has prohibitions specific to electronic waste, it’s important to know what options are available to you. This guide can help you set up a recycling program that works for your busy team.
Step One: Look for a Recycling Program
Each state lists its recycling programs online. Check databases like E-Cycling Central to find such programs in your area and if one isn’t listed, search locally. Some places charge a small fee for certain items, and many accept only a small selection of item types. You may have better results with a retailer like Best Buy or Staples that offers gift cards in exchange for electronics. There are also online resources that will buy your old electronics, as well as some that purchase components and peripherals.
Step Two: Make a Plan
Once you’ve decided where you’ll take old electronics, put a plan in place to ensure it happens on a regular basis. Without such a plan, you’ll likely find equipment and components pile up in storage closets and employee offices, creating an eyesore, as well as taking up space. Your plan should identify the personnel in charge of managing the recycling project, as well as the procedure for getting the equipment to the location.
Step Three: Follow Up
Once you have a plan in place, you should also have a policy for following up to ensure it’s going well. Evaluate the expense involved and occasionally check to see if there are more cost-effective ways to execute the process. If you have enough storage, you may find that you’re able to e-cycle less frequently. You may also learn of local electronics recycling programs that happen on set dates that will allow you to avoid any fees you’re paying at dedicated e-cycling centers.
National Computer Warehouse Services manages e-cycling for businesses across the country. We have partner programs with some local recycling facilities that can help businesses save money, in addition to providing the manpower necessary to physically move the equipment. By partnering with us for your electronics recycling, you could save money and resources. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.