Just like your home, your office can benefit from a "spring cleaning" and removal of e-waste and other junk. The disposal of which is typically regulated by strict laws.
Offices and workplaces are similar to houses in a number of ways, including the tendency to accumulate junk and debris. And, just as for a home, springtime weather lends itself to the chore of a good office clean up.
Your Office Clean Up and E-Waste
One of the by-products of a growing business is the continual acquisition of office equipment and electronic devices. And the modern workplace today is home to a wide variety of devices that, just a decade ago, would not have any digital components in them.
But now they do.
And this qualifies them as electronics and, when they are no longer wanted, needed or working, they become electronic waste, or e-waste. The problem with e-waste is that you usually cannot just throw these items into your work dumpster or the office trash. And, in fact, depending on where your office is located it could even be illegal.
There are currently 25 states, along with the District of Columbia, that have enacted electronics recycling laws. A great resource for learning about any applicable laws in your area is the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) website. The NCER has developed an interactive map that helps you find out detailed information on state regulations, including a brief summary and link to the laws as well as key dates.
The main reason for requiring standards for recycling and reuse of e-waste is the potentially dangerous elements in most electronic devices. According to an article in The New York Times Magazine,
"Though often laced with lead, mercury or other toxic substances, laptops and phones also contain valuable elements like gold, silver and copper. Yet barely 20 percent of the world’s e-waste is collected and delivered to formal recyclers."
Less than a third of the world's countries track or keep any kind of statistics on e-waste so a great deal of it goes unaccounted for. The same article also notes that,
"In the United States, which generated an estimated 6.9 million tons of e-waste in 2016 (42 pounds per person), most e-waste probably goes straight into the trash. By one account, e-waste makes up just 2 percent of the total volume in American landfills — but more than two-thirds of heavy metals."
Consequently, proper disposal and recycling of electronic waste, or e-waste, serves a double duty of recovering valuable materials and safeguarding the environment from the toxic materials.
What To Do With Your E-Waste
Just because you took the time to clean up your offices and workplace areas doesn't mean you have to be charged with removing, hauling and disposing of all your junk and debris. Especially not the e-waste items.
You already know by now (having read this post!) that recycling your electronic devices and equipment is the best course of action. In fact, the recycling technology has improved to the point now where 100 percent of any device is essentially recyclable or reusable.
For example, some of the plastic casings and frames found in almost every electronic device are recyclable. The glass, metals, and fiber-based components all can be re-used or recycled. And, if the equipment is usable, much of it can be refurbished for reuse somewhere else.
But, as a business, you are probably accustomed to outsourcing a wide variety of tasks and functions. In fact, you might even be outsourcing the cleaning of your offices. Well, one way to look at e-waste disposal is as an outsourcing opportunity. Not only is this a more efficient and time-saving approach, it is also far more cost-effective than using your own staff and resources for the task.
There are many firms today that offer E-Waste disposal services. However, before you hand over your money to the first company that comes up on an Internet search, it pays to do some research.
So what are the criteria for choosing an E-Waste disposal company?
Here are some points you should consider before making a decision:
- Provides excellent customer service
- Transparent and fair pricing
- Practices eco-friendly processes
- Projects professionalism
- Offers flexibility
The e-waste disposal team at Junk King not only fits the bill, we helped define it!
Consider Junk King for Your E-Waste Removal Services
Here at Junk King we provide efficient, safe and eco-friendly e-waste removal services so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of those old items. Not only that, but we make sure that your old electronics end up in the right place: whether it be a charity if the electronics are still functioning, or a recycling facility to ensure your e-waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
We will pick up and haul away almost all types of e-waste, including:
Ready to remove those old electronics? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).
Our professional and insured e-waste removal team will show up at your home or office. We call 15 minutes before we arrive on site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You point and we haul those items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.