E-waste Recycling FAQs
Why Recycle Computers and Electronics with Securis’ Fairfax location?
Most businesses do not realize the impact of e-waste on the local and world environments; they simply view their obsolete electronics as trash. That can harm us in Fairfax, Virginia and every other city on the planet.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2009 statistics, 3.19 million tons of e-waste were generated, and this number continues to grow.1
The electronics we use for business and play contain materials such as antimony, arsenic, lead, and mercury that are unhealthy to us and to our environment. It is surprisingly easy for these materials to ultimately end up in our bodies and cause major issues including lung damage, cancer and seizures.
Just one color monitor alone contains 6 ½ pounds of lead and measurable amounts of cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals.
At Securis, every part of the electronic asset is recycled in our e-waste recycling programs. Each item is strategically and securely dismantled. All toxic elements are responsibly disposed of, and all remaining metals, plastics, glass and circuitry are processed domestically. It’s a commitment we make to keep everyone and every land health during computer disposal and recycling.
What Items are Considered Electronics for E-Waste Recycling?
We define and perform electronics recycling for materials listed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) These include:
- computer peripherals
- audio and stereo equipment
- DVD players
- video cameras
- copying machines
- cellular phones
- wireless devices
- video game consoles
Kitchen appliances and other household electronics can also be recycled. Securis will accept practically anything with a plug as part of our e-waste recycling program.
Why Prevent Electronics from Entering a Landfill?
Some electronic device components contain constituents that, if improperly handled, could be harmful to the environment and its inhabitants. E-waste that is not recycled ends up in the environment. Water is poisoned, air turns toxic, soil becomes dead, and wildlife and plant life suffer.
Certain components of electronics contain measurable amounts of regulated heavy metals, including lead, silver, barium, cadmium and mercury. Many of these metals can be recovered and responsibly disposed of, based upon EPA standards.
How Will Recycling My Obsolete Computer and/or Electronic Equipment Make a Difference?
It is estimated that of the approximately 250,000,000 tons of solid waste generated annually in the United States, around 5% is classified as e-waste.2 Of this, only an estimated 10% to 18% of electronics are recycled, according to WellHome.3
Securis wants to help change this for the good of our local Fairfax and global environments.
What Are the Outcomes If We Dispose of Electronics Improperly?
A NOTICE OF VIOLATION can be issued by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Failure to correct the alleged violations cited required by this NOTICE may result in the assessment of penalties, not to exceed $27,500 per violation pursuant to Section 3008 of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, 42 U.S.C. § 6928.
What About Donating My Electronic Assets?
Donation programs can work well if all involved parties understand the limits and liabilities associated with the transfer of equipment. Questions such as, “Who will ensure that proprietary data is eliminated before the donation?”? need to be answered prior to ownership transfer.
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1993, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and many other Virginia and federal laws make all companies and organizational entities legally responsible for the protection of client privacy. Failure to effectively destroy all informational data prior to the transfer of ownership leaves an organization open to corporate liability.
Securis Fairfax‘s Data Destruction process helps eliminate the worry of such a risk.
Why Doesn’t Securis Pay for Used IT Equipment?
From time to time we get asked why we do not pay for used IT equipment. This question is typically asked by smaller organizations or those who aren’t focused on data security issues when disposing of their unused or end-of-life IT equipment.
The answer is, quite simply, that’s not the business we’re in. Securis is in the data security and environmental stewardship business. We serve organizations that are focused on handling IT assets in the most secure manner that complies with environmental regulations.
And our clients’ requirements dictate how we focus our resources and investments. Click here to read more
Why Does it Cost Money to Recycle Electronics?
Materials such as antimony, arsenic, lead, and mercury used to manufacture electronics are unhealthy to us. If not recycled properly, it is surprisingly easy for these materials to ultimately end up in our bodies and cause major issues including lung damage, cancer, and seizures. E-waste that is not recycled ends up in the environment. Water is poisoned, air turns toxic, soil becomes dead, and wildlife and plant life suffer.
To avoid these harmful effects on both our bodies and our environment, reputable e-cycling companies provide outlets for responsible riddance of your old electronics. Unfortunately, some companies lower their costs by exporting e-waste to countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, and China where it gets broken down by men, women, and children who are usually unprotected from the toxins.
Securis Fairfax just doesn’t believe that is how the process should be handled. We focus on proper disposal and e-waste recycling that’s safe and doesn’t put the less-fortunate at risk.
We also must charge fees to break down hazardous electronics in order to comply with government regulations and environmental laws, e-cycling companies.
The Electronics TakeBack Coalition gives consumers tips on how to spot a fake recycling company. They recommend finding out who is paying for the recycling cost, especially if there is no request for a small recycling fee. These fees ensure that what you are recycling is handled responsibly and complies with government regulations, including whether or not this process takes place in the United States or overseas.4
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