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Starting an Electronics Recycling Business
by Nicholas Katers

Acquiring Space and Equipment for Electronics Recycling

The Consumers Reports Green Choices Reuse and Recycling Center notes that 20% of old computers, 30% of broken televisions and 40% of unused cell phones were thrown out by consumers in 2007. With millions of electronic devices hitting landfills instead of recycling centers, an electronics recycler must have sufficient space and equipment to handle high volume deliveries. An electronics recycler needs to have space for a disassembly area, delivery dock and a small office to handle administrative tasks. The disassembly area should include a conveyor belt, a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) crusher and a storage area for separated metals and glass. Disassembly workers need to have gloves and protective goggles to avoid injury when separating wires, plastic covers and metal accents from electronic devices.


Setting Guidelines for Electronics Recycling

An electronics recycling business must set guidelines for acceptable products based on their long-term goals, client needs and laws dictating handling of hazardous materials. If an electronics recycling business wants to refurbish and resell electronic products, the list of acceptable items may be limited to those products that can be repaired by onsite staff. Electronics recyclers that are committed to selling metal, plastic and glass after processing to local manufacturers may accept a greater range of products because they do not need to worry about making repairs. Every electronics recycler must set guidelines for handling old or damaged products onsite to meet state and federal environmental protection laws. Computers, televisions and other devices may contain mercury and other toxic metals that are harmful in the wrong hands. The 2005 amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 opened the door for electronics recycling by including mercury in a list of universal wastes handled by certified professionals. Each state has its own laws about the disposal of mercury, lead and other harmful chemicals though the common thread is a requirement for separate storage for hazardous materials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspects electronics recyclers regularly to determine if staff members are using proper safety equipment and storage methods to maintain workplace safety.

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Michael Meuser bootstrapped his way into the salvage and recycling business in the early 1980s. He began with building deconstruction and scrap metals and then moved into electronics, computer and telecommunications scrap where he learned to recover gold and other precious metal.
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