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Q: What is e-Waste?

A: E-waste is described as electronic waste that is no longer in use or has no value for resale to go back into a reusable environment.

Q: Should I select a certified recycler for electronics?

A: The short answer is yes. There are two standards for electronic recycling and you should always use a company that has one of these benchmarks. Atlanta Recycling Solutions chose the R2 standard as our standard for electronic recycling. If a vendor has either one of these certifications, it tells you that they have invested significant money and time to ensure the standards are being met on an ongoing basis. These certifications tell you they have audited their downstream vendors. A recycling facility is certified at the facility level. A multi-facility or national organization must independently certify each of their locations.

Q: Does my equipment have value?

A: Some equipment has value and some does not. Your account executive can advise you on the best course of action for the type of equipment you are trying to dispose of.

Q: Are there costs involved in processing electronic waste?

A: Most equipment can be broken down and will have value as scrap, but not all equipment does. The cost cannot always be covered by the value of the material. For example, CRT tubes have a direct cost associated with the transportation and the process it takes to break these units down. These tubes have to be sent to a downstream vendor who specializes in the handling of this specific type of glass. If you have further questions about costs and or compensation, please contact one of our account executives.

Q: Why can’t the vendor process CRT devices free?

A: Be careful of the vendor who says they can process your CRT or televisions for free because it could be a warning to you that they may not be doing it in an environmentally correct or certified manner.

Q: Does your vendor carry all the required insurance?

A: Please ask your recycler to have you listed as an additional insured on their certificate of insurance if they are scheduling a pickup at your facility.

Q: How much equipment goes in the landfill?

A: The answer should be none, except for daily trash.

Q: What are the methods for data destruction?

A: There are various ways for data destruction, but all destruction should follow the Department of Defense Standards. Please see the following link to read about the criteria for data destruction.

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