The holidays are over and wallets are spouting moths. Closets and drawers are filled with gifts of yore. Nowadays, many of those items contain electronics, which should not be lightly tossed away so think: Recycle, Resell, Refurbish. There are companies in Houston, which can handle your excess or useless electronics through those three Rs. TechnoCycle and CompuCycle are part of the growing green mentality in business. They work with individuals, schools, organizations, and businesses developing strategies that meet needs and goals of each.
Recycling has become part of our daily lexicon and takes various forms. It is easy for us to just think “junk,” dump it in the trash, and forget about it. While the materials within electronic devices are safe when they remain as a nicely assembled package, the opposite is true when they are damaged. On the way to landfills, they are broken and crushed to save space. The destruction process allows mercury, lead, beryllium, and other elements to leach into groundwater. Human ingestion or exposure to these toxic materials causes damage to numerous organs, cancer, and even fetal development. In addition, the people responsible for the physical processing are endangered, if they are not provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks or complete body garments.
Houston, we have a solution! We have companies that use environmentally sound recycling methods to dispose of cell phones, computers, cameras, televisions, consumer appliances, and other electronic equipment. CompuCycle and TechnoCycle work by the stringent and sensible ‘No landfill, No Exceptions’ policy. Beware of companies that claim to be recyclers but do not state their process, policy, or standards. They may be sending cannibalized materials overseas to countries with cheap labor lacking PPEs and not following accepted environmental standards.
Reselling involves disassembling the electronics devices for usable parts or materials. The parts may be used in the refurbishment of electronic equipment the company acquired through donation or corporate upgrades. They may also be sold to individuals or shops for their repairs. The companies can also retrieve valuable elements such as precious metals, which can be reused in manufacturing new electronics or other purposes.
So look around the house for electronics not used, not usable, or obsolete. TechnoCycle accepts donated products, buy overstock, or sell through consignment. CompuCycle assists with organizing recycling projects. In addition, their refurbished computers can be purchased online. Reputable companies are ready for consultation to meet the needs of your business, charity, or wallet.