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Falling Oil Prices Lower Recycling Value

Falling oil prices create new jobs.

T-420 Core I5 laptops being prepped for resale.

Tech savvy recyclers like ATR utilize reuse to reduce strategies to create new jobs despite the falling oil prices. The Wall Street Journal and CBS News feeds are confirming the recent crude oil prices are seriously impacting the nations recycling programs.  “This is no surprise we’ve experienced similar declines as new technology became increasing smaller and used less noble metals” said Brodie Ehresman, National Business Development Manager for Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR).

Most consumers don’t realize that one of the reasons technology gadgets have gotten cheaper in recent years is because manufacturing processes have improved significantly and expensive raw materials like Gold and Silver are reduced or even eliminated entirely. While most recycling companies have focused their attention on increasing processing capabilities to recover these dwindling commodities ATR utilized their technology background to offer a more sustainable approach. The state of Illinois agreed and awarded the former “Mom and Pop” computer retailer two start up grants in 2005 and 2006 to continue developing the infrastructure necessary to recover re-usable technology assets to re-sell. Customers can participate in transparent revenue sharing programs designed to offset costs by allowing ATR to re-sell recoverable components. “A growing number of Fortune 500 customers now utilize ATR to reclaim millions of dollars each year when refreshing their computers” said Ehresman. The company has recently acquired their GSA Schedule and plans to offer this same program to any Federal agency seeking a return on their decommissioned electronics adds Ehresman. The company has been on the move in recent years and now has facilities in NY, AL, TX, MI and has posted job openings at all 6 facilities. “This model not only makes dollars for our customers it makes sense” said Ehresman. 2015 is an exciting year for ATR, the company is attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for “most consumer electronics recycled in one week” for Earth Day this year. Search Google for One Million Pound Challenge for full details or visit them online www.ATrecycle.com


Brodie Ehresman
Author: Brodie Ehresman

ATR (Advanced Technology Recycling) is a US based ISO14001, R2 (Responsible Recycling), OHSAS 18001 and ITAR (International Traffic Arms Regulations) certified Electronics Recycling company that specializes in risk mitigation for asset recovery and management. The parent company was formed in 1992 and transitioned away from traditional IT Sales/Service in 2002 after receiving (2) of the single largest grants in Illinois history in 2005 and 2006. Today ATR has become an innovative leader for E-waste management by diverting Millions of pounds of e-waste from our landfills annually. Brodie Ehresman is one of the originating family owners of the two facilities formed in 1992 and is currently their National Business Development Manager for the US and Canada. Brodie utilizes his 20+ years of IT background and entrepreneurship to develop innovative sustainable recycling solutions to help his customers improve their triple bottom line. During his tenure Brodie has augmented the company’s regional customer base onto a national platform and is currently developing an international strategy for 2019.