Does your business throw away a lot of tech-related items? Old circuit boards, frayed wires, and burned out machinery needs to be handled in a responsible way to not only follow local recycling policies, but to soften the impact of disposal costs whether you're motivated to recycle or not. Before tossing everything to the side or sending workers to get it done in any random way, here are a few planning points to consider and common disposal pitfalls to avoid.
Is Scrapping Profitable For Your Business?
Most electronics and business machines have multiple types of metal and a few minerals that can be recovered. Your business can either reduce the cost of disposal or make a bit of money back from your investment by recycling devices that can no longer be used.
Consider desktop computers. They have aluminum cases that sometimes have plastic covers, and a solid framework that holds the other components. The case and connected panels can be stacked as whole units once the other recyclable components can be removed, or you can task a technician with dismantling the cases for more compact stacking.
Inside the computer, many components have aluminum cases. This includes the hard drive or solid state drive (SSD), disc drives (CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray drives), and the power supply. The heat sink is also a good source of scrap metal, since it's usually a solid block of aluminum or copper.
If your business needs to scrap copiers, there are quite a few hollow, metal rods on the inside that can be salvaged. Any metal machinery that can't be disassembled to pieces under 5 or 10 pounds can net a lot of money, but you need to make your disposal path efficient.
Proper Container Placement
A big part of making recycling consistent is making it easy. Long lectures and repeated memos are no match for a recycling-designated recycling bin placed in areas that are easy to reach. Sometimes, making it easy means making the standard garbage harder to reach.
For workers who need to move out heavy scrap metal, make sure that the containers are closer to the building, but not at a main entrance if your business has multiple entrances. To deter employees from throwing their non-scrap metal garbage into the wrong containers, make sure to stock the building with paper and plastic recycling bins, then general use recycling bins.
The next problem comes from the interior trash bags once they're full. Janitorial staff can be directed to use the proper container as it's a part of their normal job, but if you have employees who haul trash out on their own, it's easier to stop them in the act and direct them to the right container. If they're stubborn or if the path to the standard garbage container is significantly worse, you can compromise by bringing recycling and standard containers to the same area. Still, disposal policies are needed to keep things separate.
Contact a dumpster rental service such as Ware Disposal for containers and to get help with efficient dumpster placement plans.