The constant and mind-boggling generation of e-waste is a serious issue facing us today. The EPA estimates that each American generates 14.9 pounds of electronic scrap annually. That means the approximate 1.5 million people living in southwest Florida alone disposes of about 22.3 million pounds of e-scrap every year. The EPA also estimates that about 80% of e-scrap enters our landfills. This is not counting the e-waste enterprise produces.
Only half of all companies have a recycling program in place. The three most common fears businesses have about recycling IT assets are responsible environmental recycle processes, proper e-waste disposal practices and data destruction requirements for security. By recycling with SMS Assembly, an R2 certified recycler and ISO certified, businesses and other non-R2 certified recyclers eliminate those concerns. R2 recycling standards are designed to address these issues while reducing our carbon footprint and keeping toxic materials from entering landfills.
R2 recycling protects our environment
E-Waste, such as CRT monitors, cell phone batteries, circuit boards, hard drives, batteries, computers and peripherals can contain useful metals and harmful chemicals. To extract and reuse the precious metals and properly dispose of harmful materials are key R2 fundamentals.
R2 recycling standards put caring for the environment and the health and safety of workers in the U.S. and abroad as a top priority. R2 recyclers have a system of accountability in place that tracks recycled IT assets to the point of final disposition.
R2 recycling ensures your data is securely and fully wiped
A second hazard with decommissioning computers is the hard drives, which may contain exploitable company information. SMS Assembly’s R2 certified processes ensure hard drives are wiped to Department of Defense standards, which means private company data is never compromised.
This is particularly important for enterprises and institutions that keep highly sensitive information on hard drives, such as personal data, medical files, etc.
R2 recycling generates maximum ROI
Why throw away used IT assets in the dumpster or pay a recycler to take them off your hands (who gets paid twice, once by you and another via the materials’ value)? Every piece of e-waste has value—some more so than others depending on age and condition. Some recyclers dispose of unwanted corporate IT assets and components as scrap only, melting down valuable working components in the process, which doesn’t net real maximum value. For example, memory melted as scrap for pennies could be worth several dollars a piece if resold. Companies that don’t recycle their used IT assets are missing out on a revenue stream.
With our R2 certification and our experts’ experience in valuating worth, it is easy to help companies and institutions recover more value from their material, and send less to landfills.
SMS Assembly offers the confidence of our experience and certified R2 recycling process directly to corporations in need of e-cycling and data destruction services. We also partner with other electronic recyclers that do not carry R2 certification, but still want to recycle responsibly for their customers.