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Flat Screen TV Recycling


Computer Recycling

Computers (and electronics in general) contain quite a lot of what is referred to as 'Focus Materials'. In short, these are the polluting pieces. Of course most things can be polluting if just discarded; think plastic water bottles in the ocean but Focus Materials are different because they are toxic.
The R2 (Responsible Recycling) standard places special emphasis on Focus Materials. These include batteries, circuit boards, lead or mercury containing items and toner powder. These have to be shipped to specialist and accredited 'downstream vendors'. All of our vendors have themselves been audited to the R2 standards as have their downstream vendors. As shown above, computers take many forms - PC's, laptops, tablets, servers and mainframes to name a few. A game console is a computer too.

R3Ewaste specializes in refurbishing computers which meet our strict standards. Ones that fail this standard have all focus material removed and are then shipped to a named R2 certified downstream vendor. They will shred the units and separate the copper, steel, plastic and other commodities.

Electronics Recycling

Electronics recycling is extremely complex. There are literally hundreds of thousands of different devices and we get a lot of e-waste in on a daily basis.

The first step is to weigh everything and identify where it comes from. We need the weight for audit purposes and filing to various agencies. This (and all warehouse operations) is tracked by our proprietary web based Inventory Management System (IMS) which has been developed and enhanced over 8 years.

The next step is sorting and we have to sort through sometimes 20 tons of material in a single day. The priority at this stage is identifying and separating all items which may contain hard drives. EVERY hard drive that comes into our warehouse is data-wiped or drilled. So, once identified, these units are moved to an area where the drives are extracted and units suitable for refurbishment are initially tested. Any batteries are removed and sent for further processing.

Items that do not contain a hard drive are evaluated for refurbishment and those that fail are further separated. So, mice will go into a large box called a Gaylord with other mice. Likewise for keyboards and around 40 other categories.

Certain items have to be sent to specialist recyclers because they contain especially hazardous substances. The old tube style CRT monitors and televisions for example are palletized and shipped to a facility in California.

Many items we recieve have to be treated as hazardous materials - mercury containing devices, lead-acid and cadmium batteries to name a few. These all have to be sent to specialist recyclers.

When all is done, everything we recieve is either refurbished, broken down into raw materials or sent to a specialist recycler. Regardless of what category, anything that leaves our warehouse that is not fully refurbished goes to a verified downstream vendor who is certified to the R2 standard.

Flat Screen TV Recycling

There is a massive problem facing the e-waste and electronics recycling industry similar to that posed by CRT monitors - just far worse. CRT monitors and televisions contain leaded glass and we all know that lead is bad. Flat screen televisions and LCD monitors contain Mercury which is far, far worse. Thousands of tons of used flat screen televisions and LCD monitors are entering the e-waste stream and the volume is increasing every month.

R3Ewaste is one of the few recyclers who fully recycles these devices.

First the items are tested, perhaps the screen is cracked but the boards inside are still operational. Conversely, the screen may be intact but the boards are bad. If still working these will be harvested for parts and sold. Non working boards are sent for precious metal recovery at a certified facility in Minnesota. Working boards are indexed and listed on our Ebay Store. Basic commodities such as plastic and steel are collected for sale.

Removing the bulbs is very tricky as they are extremely delicate. Should one break there will be a release of mercury which is why operators wear protective gear and respirators while removing the bulbs.


R2 Certified

The Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2:2013) certification, which is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a set of voluntary principles and guidelines designed to promote and assess responsible practices for electronics recyclers.

Recycled Products List

  • Laptops
  • Desktops – PC / Mac / Apple Computers
  • Tablets
  • Cell Phones
  • Routers / Hubs / Switches
  • Adapters
  • Inkjet / Toner Cartridges
  • Typewriters
  • ALL Appliances (no freon please)
  • Printers / Scanners
  • Copy Machines
  • Fax Machines
  • Landline Phones
  • Keyboards / Mice
  • Remote Controls
  • LCD / LED / Plasma TVs / Monitors
  • ALL Batteries
  • ALL Cords
  • Cable / Satellite Boxes
  • Dishes / Receivers and Equipment
  • Stereos / Speakers
  • VCRs / DVD Players
  • Blue Ray Players
  • DVRs
  • POS Equipment
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