Designing An Efficient Electronic Waste Recycling Plan

Whether you're refreshing the technology in your business and getting rid of a lot of old systems at a time or getting rid of old circuit systems, electronics can pose an awkward recycling challenge if you don't have the right storage and logistics in place. Many areas have harsh fines for businesses and individuals who throw electronics away with the standard trash, while some garbage collection services will simply ignore your electronic trash. To get the old electronics out of your way while possibly making a bit of money back, consider a few electronic waste disposal plan points.

Make The Trip Easier With Proper Containers

Someone has to do the heavy lifting at some point, and unless you want to deal with an influx of workers compensation claims that could have been avoided--or increased complaints from hard workers with hurting backs--it's best to make as many passive improvements to your disposal plans as possible.

Carrying computers, printers, sections of photocopy machines, or any electronics found in offices and production rooms may be fine for one or two lifts between desks, but carrying multiple devices to a dumpster creates a long path of potential failure. Your containers should allow easy access for disposal, meaning that they have sliding doors or windows near average waist height.

The reasoning behind average waist height placement is that workers won't have to lift their arms as much. An efficient and easy carry means holding an object with arms loosely extended and hands gripping the bottom, and the devices should be dumped not much higher. Elbows shouldn't have to bend far beyond a 90 degree angle. 

Any higher than 90 degrees and you run the risk of back over-extension, shoulder stress, and neck strain. This is especially a problem with top loader-only containers, which would require heavy devices to go over someone's head in most cases. That's asking for concussion, with workers compensation at the least of your troubles.

Recycling Separation With Bins

Many devices can be dismantled for their smaller components and individual materials. Recycling centers have varying rates for specific materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, and rare earth magnets, and you may make a bit more money if you start stockpiling these materials.

For computers and office electronics, speak with your in-house technicians or consult a third party tech consultant. They can devise a plan for efficient dismantling of your business electronics, along with proper storage. Unless you have Information Technology (IT) staff on hand that isn't constantly busy with other business-critical tasks, it'll cost money to add this operation to your plans. Be sure to weigh it against the money you get back from recycling.

To make things easier, a garbage removal and storage company can provide color-coded storage bins. This will allow fast and easy storage of scrapped metals and materials, and will make carrying out large amounts of valuable metals like copper and gold a lot easier.

Contact a commercial dumpster rentals professional, like one from Michael's Rolloff Solutions, to discuss other ways to streamline your recycling plan.