Why Electronics Should Be Kept Out Of The Scrap Stream

scrap computer partsThe explosive growth of the electronics industry over the last 10-15 years has led to an escalating issue of accumulated e-scrap from end-of-life electronics. An increase in e-scrap material means that electronics recycling is more important than ever. Find out some compelling reasons to keep electronics out of the scrap stream.

1. Excellent Source Of Raw Metal Materials

It’s estimated that somewhere between 10-15 percent of metal contained in e-scrap is successfully recovered. Precious metals in electronics are approximately 40-50 times richer compared to ores mined directly from the Earth, making a fair amount of e-scrap a reliable source of raw metal materials.

2. Beneficial For The Environment

Electronic scrap that accumulates in landfills contains toxic substances such as lead, chromium, mercury and cadmium, which can potentially leach out into the surrounding soil and water supply and negatively affect people, animals and plants.

3. Globally Responsible Solution

Most of the e-scrap in the world that isn’t recycled ends up in third-world countries, which may be either ill-equipped or inexperienced at handling these toxic substances. They may burn these materials in open-air fires in an attempt to recover the metals, and these fires pollute the surrounding air. Chemicals can also contaminate the water supply in these countries.

4. Many Components Can Be Recovered And Reused

Depending on the electronic item to be recycled, its parts can often be recovered and reused in future electronics products. Sometimes these components can be used to refurbish existing electronics so they can be resold.

5. Protects Confidential Information

Electronic devices, including cell phones, hard drives and computers, may contain sensitive customer or personal data, and throwing these items away leaves you susceptible to electronic theft incidents.

What Qualifies As E-Scrap?

At ASM Recycling, Inc., we are happy to accept many electronics for recycling, including:

  • PC towers
  • Laptops
  • Power supplies
  • Servers
  • Hard drives
  • Circuit boards
  • Cell phones

If you have electronic equipment to recycle that’s not on this list, you can give us a call to ask.

What ASM Recycling, Inc., Is Doing To Improve Electronics Recycling

ASM Recycling, Inc., is currently working closely with industry leaders to set a standard to keep as much electronic scrap out of the scrap stream as possible. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our harvest rate through updating equipment and refining separation and recycling techniques.

For the convenience of our industrial & commercial customers, we offer on-site receptacles and pick-up service. ASM Recycling, Inc., does not charge pick-up and hauling fees for collecting recyclables, including electronics.

Contact ASM Recycling, Inc., For Scrap Metal Recycling Services

If you have a haul of electronic scrap you need to dispose of properly, you can contact ASM Recycling, Inc., for scrap metal and electronics recycling services and for information about other items that should not be thrown away. We are proud to serve the Mobile, Alabama, area, which includes Baldwin County and the coastal Mississippi area. In addition to electronics recycling services, we also provide ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal recycling services. For more information or questions, please call 251-470-0765.