Recycling And Storage Planning For Businesses With Changing Tech

17 January 2018
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Some businesses need to cycle out their tech investments more often than others. Although many businesses need to keep track of aging desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, some companies need to scrap easily-burned out cards for production units or machinery that operates at high temperatures. For companies with electronics that need to be changed and recycled at least every 2-4 years, here are a few waste management tips to keep you on the right side of the environment, the law, and your budget.

Whole Or Dismantled Recycling?

The recycling economy has multiple ways to receive your goods. Most recycling centers that accept residential and commercial goods will have a database of common products in addition to specific materials such as aluminum, gold, copper, plastic, or paper.

As far as your business goes, it's a question of convenience versus payout. Will you get paid more to break down your systems into scrap materials, or will the labor cost too much? Should you just turn everything in as a whole device and keep a database of what devices you're turning in? It all depends on the actual payout of each option.

Find out how much a whole device is worth at the recycling center. Take apart one of those devices, then measure the valuable materials. This usually means gold, copper, aluminum, and rare earth magnets. Find out if the recycling rate for those scrap materials are at least close to the whole unit recycling payout, and weigh your financial gains.

If it's just a few dollars difference, just recycle the whole units. Time is money, and you'll either be wasting your own time taking apart the systems, wasting hourly pay by hiring others, or wasting time that your salaried employees could be doing something more important or effective.

Proper Disposal, Storage, And Transit

To recycling your materials effective--or to throw away goods that don't have a recycling center--you'll need the right containers.

At the very least, get a recycling dumpster and a standard garbage dumpster. Businesses that fill up a standard dumpster within a week may be better off with a roll off dumpster that can take a longer time to fill. For recycling, a roll off dumpster is extremely helpful if you need to send a driver to a specific recycling center.

If you plan on keeping spare parts or holding onto valuable scrap materials until recycling price changes, dumpster rental professionals can provide smaller containers and hand-carry totes that are color coded for different materials.

Contact a roll off dumpster rental services professional to discuss other parts of making an efficient recycling plan.