Why Recycle Electronics With Us?
What to do with unwanted electronics has been a big topic of discussion in the media lately. Taking responsibility for unsold electronic products on store shelves as well as obsolete or non-functioning corporate electronic assets has become a challenge for every company. g2 has flexible electronic recycling programs using mail-back containers or incorporating bulk deliveries to us. And unlike many recyclers, we accept a significant variety of "electronics" found in the retail world: Consumer "gadgets," meters, alarms, phones, radios, cameras, media players, flashlights, tools, toys, blenders, microwaves, as well as corporate assets like CPUs and server systems.
We remove any packaging or manuals that can be separately recycled, while sorting and consolidating the electronics and performing data collection. Electronics sent to us are destroyed for recovery of metals and plastics. There is no resale whatsoever of any intact components with memory — which is something many other recyclers have to do in order to stay in business. In a world with daily news of data breaches, we do not feel that resale of unwanted electronics is worth the risk to our clients. Our end-processor partner is ISO- and R2-certified, meeting all quality-control aspects and international standards for final disposition of materials.
How Does It Work?
Where Can I Find My Program Data?
When we set up your recycling account, you are provided with secure login access to an online data system that contains all your recycling records. Whether mailed back in containers or shipped via freight, electronics are sorted and recorded, including by location if you have multiple locations sending materials. So you can know instantly if any of your facilities are not recycling! You can also query the database to see your records over a set period of time, or within a certain geography. And, you can download certificates of recycling if you need paper-based records.
Depending on how much data you determine you want during program scoping, we can give you simple weight of materials, or go into details such as OEM, model and serial number for each device.
What Are the Regulations?
There are only a few federal rules, mostly relating to handling of cathode-ray tube devices such as old televisions and monitors. States, however, have varying definitions of what is an "electronic" item, and due to this inconsistency, retailers often default to a general rule that "anything with a cord or battery" will conservatively be handled as an electronic item. It's also important to note that about a dozen states consider unwanted commercial electronics to be "universal waste," triggering labeling, dating and other compliance requirements. g2 walks through these issues with you when we set up your electronics recycling program with us.