Recycling Corporate Electronics is Costing More – Why That’s a Good Thing

Recycling your corporate electronics is about more than just going green or protecting the environment – it’s also about protecting your business from a costly data breach that could come from data thieves getting a hold of confidential information on a discarded device.

Recycling electronics is complex and labor-intensive.  Unlike recycling things like soda cans and plastic bottles, recycling electronic waste includes extracting precious metals,  which can be reused in manufacturing and in the process reducing the need to mine and process new materials.  But there are additional reasons that this type of recycling is becoming more expensive–for all the right reasons.  


Data Security is a Priority

To begin with, any part of a device that contains sensitive client or company data must be destroyed. Firms that manage large amounts of confidential information in their secure networks and external devices must consider how to manage devices at the end of their useful life – legal firms, accounting and CPA professionals, and insurance companies, for example, but certainly any business has confidential or even sensitive data that should not be left behind when old electronic equipment comes to the end of its lifecycle.

Properly destroying data is critical to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, and security of company and client information. There is a cost to destroying data and is small compared to the cost of a data breach from improperly disposed of devices.

Before company electronic equipment can be recycled, devices have  to be broken down into component parts and sorted by part type. Each component is sorted into glass, metals, plastics, and more before being further broken down into raw or toxic disposables.  Due to this lengthy process and the cost of labor to adequately complete each step safely, the cost of recycling these devices is directly paying for properly preventing access to important company information. 

Environmental Care

Recycling products helps save the environment by keeping toxic materials out of landfills and reducing additional mining needs.   It could assist in pivoting potential climate change.  With technology use rapidly increasing in the workplace, many nations are becoming dumping grounds for unused and unwanted e-waste.  The increased use of responsible electronic recycling is the most direct way to resolve the difficult and growing problem of electronic waste. R2 Certified companies are committed to recycling electronic waste responsibly. This means breaking down electronics into component parts and putting those components to use.  

If your business or organization is located in Michigan and you’re looking for a resource to provide electronic recycling services don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts at Mayer Alloys are here for you, and we understand the importance of offering competitive pricing for material recovery in order to avoid creating more toxic waste. Our team will work with you to properly and privately dispose of e-waste items in order to protect important information.

Mayer Alloys Corporation, in partnership with OmniSource Electronics Recycling, an R2 Certified Recycler, provides 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 and reach out to for more information.


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