Designing A Recycling Plan For Tech-Based Businesses

Does your business need to rotate computers on a regular basis? Are old office machine on their way out, or does your team go through metal prototypes on a weekly basis? Getting rid of old components and materials can be annoying, and even though recycling is both helpful to the environment and sometimes required depending on your state, it isn't always easy. Here are a few recycling plan designs for businesses that need to get rid of tech equipment often.

Disassembly And Removal Concerns

Before moving a single piece of equipment out of the building, figure out how you want to recycle. You recycling needs usually fall into one of three categories:

  • Full device recycling
  • Spare parts recycling
  • Individual scrap materials recycling

With full device recycling, you rely on a standardized recycling rate at recycling centers. These rates are predetermined by the type of device, such as computers being recycled for what materials are usually in the average computer. This is sometimes extended into brand-specific recycling rates, but be sure to ask first in case your computer has more recyclable metals than the average system.

Spare parts recycling is helpful if your company can use the old computer parts on new computers. You need a certified Information Technology (IT) professional to handle the task, since it is not practical or even possible in some cases to swap parts between computers built decades apart. It's all about component generation, and some components have physically different designs to stop generation mixing--not that it's worth the time to fall back to old generation speeds.

Individual scrap metal recycling is when you want to recycle specific components based on individual recycling rates. Removing heat sinks for their aluminum or copper content, extracting rare earth magnets from hard drives, or separating aluminum cases from the rest of the system is key here. You will need at least entry level technicians who know their way around the insides of a computer for disassembly to be efficient.

Planning Efficient Removal

Office equipment can be heavy. Even desktop computers can be a burden when hundreds need to be moved down flights of stairs or across long building distances, so the path needs to be clear.

When any major recycling plan of more than ten or so computers is needed, set a scheduled time and let the company know. Technicians need to be able to dismantle systems in piece, and removal personnel need clear paths in hallways or elevators to do their job. 

These are not garbage carriers, so be ready to turn down lazy or rude employees who want to offload trash or even recyclable items on personnel working on the removal. If they need something moved, they need to discuss it before removal time or wait until the move is done. 

Container use and placement is key. Especially with individual material recycling, you'll want a hand-carry bin for small components that need to be turned in at the same time if a specific metal or material recycling rate is to your liking.

Outside of the building, a recycling container should be placed in a neat and organized position that is separate from the standard trash. It still needs to be easy to get to for removal personnel. Contact a junk dumpster rental company like USA Hauling Service to discuss available containers and recycling delivery.