McManus offers the following suggestions to help companies safely dispose of their e-waste.
The first step is determining how much waste is produced. A quick assessment of the electronics in the building will give the engineer or building manager an idea of how much space will be needed to store the e-waste and how often it will need to be recycled.
Defining how much e-waste is produced in your building will also help determine packaging requirements and pricing. When looking for the best recycling option for your building, having an estimate will allow the recycling company to provide the right packaging and the best pricing possible.
McManus also urges engineers to identify a company that handles e-waste according to state and federal regulations. This includes keeping the materials in the U.S., sending them to licensed recycling facilities, wiping all personal information from hard drives and tracking the materials from start to finish. If requested, the company should be able to provide documented information about how the e-waste was recycled.
According to McManus, it is also important to educate building tenants about recycling procedures and to provide them with easy access to recycling containers to put their e-waste in.
“We educate our tenants through informational meetings and emails,” said McManus. “We notify everyone about any new procedures and we have placed e-waste collection containers in the corridor for anyone to use.”
After choosing a recycling company, the rest practically does itself. The recycling company should offer a number of options for recycling e-waste. For some engineers, it may also make sense to use the same recycling company for e-waste that handles your lamps, ballasts and batteries.
The most common services offered are dedicated pickups and on-site drop-offs. For a pickup, simply call the recycling company and schedule a time that works for both parties. This is ideal for buildings that go through large amounts of e-waste. Engineers at some of the largest buildings in Chicago use this option on a regular basis.
For those that have less waste, or are close to the recycling company’s place of business, drop-off services may also be an option. Some companies will allow businesses to bring materials to their location to be counted and paid for on the spot.
There are a few recycling companies around the U.S. that also offer mail-in programs for businesses and buildings that go through small amounts of waste. This usually consists of a box or pail that has an all-inclusive cost.
All of this brings us right back to the beginning. Is it worth paying a $7,000 fine that could have been avoided for a couple hundred dollars? Do yourself, and your tenants, a favor and find a recycling company that knows what it is doing. It will make your life easier and give your company one less thing to worry about.<< previous 1 2