Why Is There a Recycling Fee For Electronics?

Recycling your electronic waste is essential to protecting the environment and your company’s private information. It is essential to making sure your company is responsibly dealing with your electronic waste. It does cost money to safe and responsibly recycle your electronic devices, which might shock some people to pay a recycling fee, but it necessary to make sure the item is properly disposed of.


Many people believe that recycling electronics is like recycling plastic and soda cans but there is a lot more involved with recycling electronics. The costs of labor and processing electronic waste can be very costly. Devices have to be sorted and broken down into their component parts, they have be sorted downing into glass, plastic, precious metals and other parts. Then they are re-converted into raw materials. These materials need to be cleaned and the toxic material materials need to be disposed of properly and safely. Making sure that the toxic materials that are in electronic devices are recycled correctly is essential to protecting the environment and the people that work at recycling centers. Keeping up with environmental standards can also be very costly.

There aren’t as many recoverable valuables in your electronic as you think. Electronic recycling is becoming less profitable as tech companies try to save costs by using fewer rare materials like gold and copper in their devices recycling companies are facing increasing costs in order to recycle the electronics responsibly rather than shipping it off to junk yards in places like china, India and other underdeveloped countries. Responsible recyclers lose money every day to companies that ship e-waste overseas instead of processing it. The people that live in these countries then face detrimental health implications through the dumping of e-waste. Learn more here.

recycling fee

The average cost for recycling electronic devices for your business can be 20-40 cents per pound of electronic waste. The benefits of using a responsible recycler are huge in order to make that your company is socially responsible and data protection. Mayer Alloys 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
  • Certificates of Destruction for your Company’s Records
  • Competitive Prices

Residential Electronic Recycling

Mayer Alloys does not have a residential recycling center but if you are interested in recycling your electronics click Here to find a recycling center near you. Also Best Buy has a consumer appliance and electronic recycling program where they recycle many items for free or for a $25 fee.

If you have a business in the Southeast Michigan Region and need help with disposing of electronic waste, contact us for a quote.


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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