How Does Electronic Recycling Work?

As our electronic devices come to the end of their useful life, the question comes up how do I get rid of? Recycling e-waste enables us to recover valuable metals and materials from electronics, save natural resources, reduce pollution, conserving landfill space and creating jobs. Some electronic items contain parts and other chemical compounds that are hazardous to both humans, animals, and the environment. Also, your electronic waste stores your data and recycling your electronic waste is an essential way to protect your company’s data. Therefore electronic recycling is the best way to protect the environment and your data.

Electronic devices contain valuable elements and substances that are suitable for reclamation, including lead, silver, copper, and gold. These valuable materials can be reused creating salvage value for your company and lessening the need to refine more of these materials reducing energy consumption.

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The process of recycling can vary depending on the materials being recycled and the technologies used. Once electronics are picked up and transported to the recycling center then materials in the e-waste stream must be processed and separated. Efficient separation of materials is the foundation of electronic recycling. Next, the e-waste is shredded and plastics and metals are separated.

images-2.jpgMagnets separate iron and steel from the waste. The separated steel materials are then prepared for sale as recycled steel. aluminum, copper, and circuit boards from the material stream which is mostly plastic. Water separation technology and hand sorting separate glass from plastics. The separate streams of aluminum, copper, and circuit boards are collected and prepared for sale as recycled commodity materials. The final step in the operation process locates and extracts any remaining metal remnants from the plastics to further purify the stream.

After shredding, sorting and separation stages have been executed, the separated materials are prepared for sale as usable raw materials for the production of new electronics or other products (Tajirul Haque, The Balance).

Mayer Metals Corporation is based in the Metro Detroit area and provides business-to-business electronic waste recycling. We provide our customers with:

  • Data Security Solutions
  • Hard Drive Shredding
  • Environmentally Responsible Recycling via an R2 Certified Facility
  • Competitive Prices


Mayer Alloys Corporation is an R2 compliant provider in partnership with OmniSource Electronic Recycling, an R2 Certified Recycler. Mayer will provide you with peace of mind that you are disposing of your organization’s electronic waste safely and responsibly. All electronic waste is recycled in an R2 Certified facility. All hard drives are destroyed and Certificates of Destruction in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) security standards are provided. For more information about electronic recycling check out our Ultimate Guide To Corporate Electronic Recycling.

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