Expanding Recycling Plans For Businesses

by Connor Pena

Does your business have a recycling plan in place? Is it a passive plan that directs employees to throw away paper and plastics into specific containers, or do you have a janitor/waste management team that has an active hand on how recyclable materials are prepared? Here are a few recycling points to keep in mind if you want to make your recycling plan efficient and budget friendly--or maybe even profitable.

Electronics Recycling Options

When your computers, copiers, printers, and other electronics need to be tossed out for replacements, how do you handle the situation? In many states, you can't just throw the old systems to the curb. At best, electronics waste (e-waste) will instruct trash collectors to ignore your garbage. At worst, you may have to deal with fines.

Your business needs an efficient way to get rid of electronics, and that efficiency can be emphasized in multiple areas. You'll need a recycling container that is large enough for your business's electronic waste load--which usually means a standard dumpster with a recycling label--and a plan for how to divide the recyclable materials.

The easiest recycling option is to task a few workers to carry the whole units to the recycling dumpster. You'll need to plan out an easy way to disconnect the electronics, then set a safe path to travel out of the business without bumping into or being slowed down by other employees.

Safety is paramount; your removal plan won't be very efficient if your business loses workers due to workplace injury issues. Be sure to review proper carrying procedures for the equipment, and try to choose a dumpster that can be loaded at average waist height. Having to lift desktop computers may not seem like much at the beginning, but multiple electronics going overhead can become a fatigue and drop risk.

Scrapping Electronics For Materials

When you recycling whole electronics, you can receive an average recycling pay rate based on which materials are usually inside similar devices. That means no matter if you're bringing in a Toshiba, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, HP, or Dell computer with different varieties and levels of recyclable metal, you'll get the same general pay rate.

If you believe that your electronics have more metals than the average price--or if you simply want to be sure--task a technician to dismantle a few sample devices. Materials such as aluminum, copper, rare earth magnets, and even trace amounts of gold can be taken apart, scraped away, and weighed to figure out how close your systems are to an average payout.

If you would get a better recycling rate from dismantling systems for specific components, get a few color-coded recycling totes to separate the materials. Speak with a metal recycling professional to discuss other scrap metal and business recycling opportunities. Visit a site like http://www.sunwestmetals.com for more information.