In our line of work, the hard drive is an essential part of our collected e-waste stream. Hard drives are a treasure trove of rare materials like gold and earth magnets. However, recovery of these materials is difficult. We often have to dismantle hard drives by hand to recover the circuit boards inside. While we’re able to recycle this component, the rest of the device is shredded into scrap. The scrap is then resold and recycled elsewhere. This dismantling process can be destructive and results in lower volume and purity of recyclable materials. Hence, to be better recyclers, we need a better way to dismantle and recover more of a hard drive’s components.
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We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who registered for and attended the webinar we sponsored with the help of our partners OECM and NAID. It was incredibly successful, and we hope to continue to do more in the future. For those of you who registered but did not attend or missed out entirely, we thought we would put together a short recap post for you.[Read more…] about Follow Up: IT Asset Disposal and Compliance Webinar
Since 1970, every year on April 22, more than 193 countries worldwide celebrate Earth Day. It’s an important day for awareness of environmental issues and the impact climate change is having globally. At Greentec we take secure e-waste recycling very seriously. We know that what we do is helping to make a positive change with our clients and the environment.
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Join us on April 27 at 2 pm EST for a webinar and learn about what you need to know about the safe disposal of data and IT assets in the workplace. Privacy compliance can be complicated. Multiple regulations, data breach notifications, policies, and training are just some of the areas you’ll need to focus on to plot your course to compliance.[Read more…] about Upcoming Webinar: IT Asset Disposal and Compliance
Our investment in R&D is about more than just refining the process of recycling and getting closer to a fully sustainable economy. It’s also about safety. Accessing the full value of the e-waste that comes through our facility requires our team to break electronics down into components. Most of the time that can be done through shredding, but some electronics house hazardous materials and must be manually broken down.[Read more…] about Investing in Research & Development: Part 2
At Greentec we believe that a sustainable or circular economy is possible. At the moment there are gaps, and not everything we recover from breaking down electronics that come through our facility can be recycled. We are not satisfied with this. We know we can do better and that’s why we’re so invested in innovating through research and development.
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Urban mining is the practice of extracting valuable metals and materials from electronic waste. This seems pretty straightforward. In fact, if you’ve been following our blog at all or done any reading on e-waste you know that electronics are created using all kinds of precious metals. And they’re called precious for a reason, they’re not easy to obtain, and highly valuable.
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According to an article we just read in the Huffington Post, only half of adults recycle. It goes on to say that the reasons behind this seeming lack of interest in recycling are varied, but that they all come down to one thing. Recycling is a behaviour, like going to the gym or flossing your teeth, and although we know it’s good for us (and the environment) it takes effort to make behaviours habits. At the end of the day, as humans we’re not always very good at doing the things that are best for us.We wanted to dig a little deeper into some of the psychology behind why people don’t recycle and relate them to our industry. [Read more…] about The Psychology of Recycling