Choosing A Trustworthy Recycler

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Choosing A Trustworthy Recycler

Many companies, municipalities, school districts, universities, and government agencies believe that once they have “recycled” their end of life electronics that their responsibility is over.  However that is not the case.  There are many times a non-certified electronics recycler will pick-up equipment from a customer, de-manufacture or tear down that equipment, and take the valuable commodities from it and then leave or abandon that equipment for someone else to clean-up.

Imagine  watching the 5 o’clock news and your electronics recycler is getting arrested for illegally dumping electronics or sending them to an underdeveloped country overseas or filing for bankruptcy.  What would you think?  There are many steps to consider when choosing an electronics recycling company so that you or your company is not held responsible for the handling of your electronics in the wrong way.

Here are some tips so you can choose a trustworthy recycler that will handle your electronics in the right way:

* The cheapest bid is not always the right option. If your electronics are not disposed of in the correct way, then you or your company could be held financially responsible for that equipment.  If you receive a bid or quote and it seems like it is too good to be true, then in most cases it probably is.

* Choose a trustworthy recycler for your electronics that has been in the business for multiple years and has a good reputation.

* Choose an electronics recycler that has been certified by an outside auditing body.  There are 2 responsible recycling certifications for you to ask about,  R2 and E-Stewards.  These are the two     certifying bodies that most local, state, and government agencies will hold you to.  There are differences between the two certifications.  The most glaring difference is the fact the E-Stewards allows recyclers to place CRT glass back into landfills using retrievable storage cells.  The R2 standard states that no CRT glass may end up back in a landfill in any way.  This is a decision that  you or your company must decide which way they feel about this, are they OK with the CRT glass going into a landfill or not.  If you are OK with it, then a company with an E-Stewards certification is what you are looking for.  If you and your company are against placing CRT glass back into a landfill then you are looking for an R2 certified recycler.

* Don’t be fooled by your electronics recyclers website.  The key here is just don’t believe your recycler and go check on them often.  Don’t believe everything that you see on a website or on the internet, many companies will advertise or promote a certification even if they don’t have one.  There are websites that you can go to to find out if your current recycler or your future recycler is certified.  Each certification, both R2 and E-Stewards, have websites that are updated weekly with companies that are certified as well as a list of companies that have decided not renew their certifications, had their certifications revoked, or had their certifications suspended.  You also need to pay attention to particular location of each recycler, some recyclers will certify one location and not others and advertise or promote that they are certified but in reality only that one site is certified.

Think ATRDon’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions.  Many companies are not sure what questions to ask.  Here is a list of questions that any certified trustworthy recycling company should easily be able to answer:

  1. Are you able to provide my company with a Certificate Of Recycling for the equipment that you asking them to recycle. A Certificate of recycling should contain model number, description of equipment, serial number, and what was done with that piece of equipment.
  2. Does this recycler process in equipment in house or do they send it to a downstream vendor to be processed?
  3. How do they guarantee their customers that their electronics will be recycled responsibly and not sent to a landfill or sent to underdeveloped country overseas?
  4. What is their process to ensure that your data is protected and it is either destroyed and wiped depending on your requirements?

If you would like to learn the answers to these questions and more about how ATR can help you and your team contact us at  Let our team show you that we are a trustworthy recycler and help your team with the serious business of protecting your data and timely removal and proper disposal of any piece of IT equipment.

Chelle Morrison
Author: Chelle Morrison

Chelle started her career in the customer service field while working for Verizon Wireless. As an employee of Verizon Wireless, she was promoted from customer service to the Data Technical Support department. She began working in the recycling industry at Electronic Recycling Solutions (ERS) in March 2011 handling sales and customer service, including eBay support. While at ERS, Chelle held many roles, including HR and compliance, often considering her primary goal to be finding solutions to problems. Prior to ATR’s acquisition of ERS, Chelle functioned as the General Manager, directing and overseeing the day to day operations of the company. Chelle is a full time college student working on her BS in Business Management and plans to obtain a MBA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, spending time with her husband and daughter, and cooking.