These days, a lot of corporations and individuals are looking for reputed recycling centers which can help them recycle stuff. Here is a list of some tips to follow when hiring electronic recycling companies:
It is important that you clearly understand your needs prior to reaching out to specific recyclers. This might appear to be a no-brainer. However, once you start speaking to various recyclers, they will start asking you some questions about your recycling requirements. You can prepare by assessing e-waste sources in your facilities. Thereafter, estimate the amount you produce in a week, month or quarterly. Apart from volume, you must prepare a list of the kinds of e-waste produced commonly. It is useful for you to create a detailed list of your top 5 e-waste types.
Environmental Commitments of the Company
Make sure you choose a recycling company that practices transparent policies and is environmentally responsible. Checking out certifications of these companies will let you know if a specific company is environmentally responsible.
Enquire About Data Security
Regardless of what you recycle (electronics of your own or that of your customers’), make sure you take good care of data security. Destruction of information is another critical factor to take into consideration. Private information may be a serious cause of concern. Individuals and organizations want to rest assured about their sensitive information and its security. Prior to relying on a recycler, it is important that you know about their data destruction policies. What do they offer? What are their policies? Do they offer data shredding, degaussing, and/or wiping services? A lot of recyclers offer certificates of hard drive destruction. This might require you paying additional charges. In case, the recycler you contact refurbishes, you must ask them to mention in the contract that all personal information will be wiped from devices.
Organize In-Person Meetings
After you’ve taken inventory of what you have, start putting out feelers. Most recyclers will ask you what your needs are, so if you’ve followed Step #1 you will be good to go. For all the vendors that service your area, set up a time to have them come to your business for a face to face meeting. Good customer service is critical for you to onboard a new vendor- they should be willing to meet you and check out your facilities. Prior to their visit, you may consider signing an NDA if you expect to give them a tour or exchange any confidential business information.
Recyclers usually either pay for recycling or charge for it. In most cases, the fee is based on overall weight of materials. It may even vary depending on the type of electronics recycled. Electronic recycling companies may charge differently per pound for inkjet printers than for hard drives. Most recyclers prefer informing clients upfront about the fee they wish to pay or charge. However, sometimes, there is also room for some negotiation. For instance, you can offer to sort electronics at your own facility. This will motivate the recycler to provide you with a rebate as the organization will save on labor costs. You may keep an eye on fluctuating prices of commodities. Also enquire about transportation. Some recyclers may be willing to cart off electronics for free.
At a Glance:
Here’s a brief on questions you must ask potential vendors before finalizing on one:
– What is the frequency with which you pick up waste?
– Is there a list of items you do not accept?
– Do you have a minimum volume requirement?
– What are your transportation charges?
– How do you pick up? Do you use truckload or collect individual boxes or pallets?
– Do you have environmental certifications? What certifications do you have?
– Do you provide a certificate of destruction? Can you provide a record of hard drive destruction?
– How much do you usually pay for certain types of electronics (TVs, laptops, accessories)?