Understanding What Happens To Your Recycled Electronics

Posted on: 29 November 2018

If you have recently decided to get rid of some of your electronic equipment in a responsible manner, then you probably recycled it. Recycling is possible for old computers, printers, radios, televisions, and other types of electronics. And, you may be wondering about what happens with the things that you do end up recycling. Keep reading to learn more.

Salvageable Goods

Most electronics are accepted directly by dropoff centers that specialize in electronics recycling. These facilities are capable of inspecting the electronics to see if they are functional or not. Items like computers and printers that are no longer wanted by individuals but are still functional are cleaned up and resold. The recycling centers themselves will often have resale centers where consumers can purchase items. Sometimes, they use resources like eBay to sell goods or they work with local retailers. 

If the electronic device is not directly functional but is still in good condition, then it may be slated for refurbishment. This is often the case if the item is newer and is not out-of-date. Some recycling centers have technicians on staff that can repair the items. The electronics also may be sent away to the manufacturer or to a specific repair shop. Once the repairs are made, the item can then be sold.

Keep in mind that all sorts of electronic devices can be refurbished, including old cell phones that you no longer use. This means that you should never throw these items out. Just make sure that all data and personal information are erased so identity theft is not an issue.

Non-Salvageable Items

If an electronic item cannot be repaired or refurbished, then it will be recycled. Typically, the electronics recycling business will package all the items that are not useable and they are shipped to a larger recycling center. This facility will take many of the electronics and they are placed in larger shredding devices. These devices destroy the electronics and the small pieces of material are moved along a conveyor belt. 

The electronic pieces are scanned with a laser that identifies the specific materials in the shredded content. The pieces and parts are then separated and placed into their own containers with similar materials. 

The containers of raw materials are then sold to manufacturers who use them to create new products for the market. 

If you want to know more about the recycling of electronics and the benefits of taking your unused items to a facility, speak with a recycling center.