New electronics can be seriously expensive. While your average laptop computer costs quite a bit less than it would have even ten years ago, you’re still looking at an investment of a few hundred dollars for each individual system. For a business purchasing for multiple employees, that investment quickly adds up.
When a company decides to partner with an electronic waste recycling company like EAR to dispose of their old or outdated electronics, they may remember the original investment amount and wonder if they’re handing over thousands of dollars worth of equipment, to create big profits for someone else. While we’d love to tell you we see dollar signs in every pallet, well… that’s not exactly what happens.
Electronic depreciation happens fast. By the time discarded electronics – whether it’s laptops, desktops, game consoles, old fax machines, or anything else we recycle – find their way to an ewaste recycler like us, nearly all of that initial value is long gone. Frankly, most of the initial dollar value is due to its newness. Electronics become obsolete with shocking speed, and after only a year will have lost nearly half their value. Our work helps not just in blunting the environmental impact, but also helps to keep prices down on new items, introducing refurbished electronics back onto the market and providing some much-needed competition.
The precious components inside electronics often have what we call “negative value”. This is where our jobs sometimes get complicated. Those toxic materials inside laptops or game consoles are difficult to get to and can be harmful to anyone who attempts to handle them without proper protection. Sometimes in news articles they’re called “more valuable than gold”. Once they’ve been utilized in a single piece of equipment, though, that original value drops precipitously. Working with them means we may end up spending more on the act of recycling than we can make back from resale – leading to their label as “negative value” items.
A company looking to take on their own e-waste recycling needs a partner – or they’ll need to prepare for serious financial investment. To funnel ewaste into a landfill or throw it out is illegal within the state of South Carolina. A company or even a residence looking for a safe, legal way to dispose of electronics needs to be prepared to find the right people to help them with the job. A business needs a recycling partner, in order to save costs on storage, waste, and having to deal with the pickup and dropoff. Even a residence with only a few items will find themselves saving money and time by not having to worry about finding a legal dropoff location and paying the associated fees. The financially sound way to deal with electronic waste legally and responsibly remains finding an ewaste recycling partner like Electronic Asset Recycling.
We’ll ensure that your old e-waste is reused, reduced, and recycled, keeping as much as is physically possible out of the landfills. We can provide one-time service or work with you long-term, giving you a partner you can trust who is only a phone call away. You can reach us by calling 800-746-1823 or by contacting us online to request your pickup!

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