Recycling Electronic Equipment
Do you have unused electrical or electronic devices at home? Do not throw them in the household waste, Potomac eCycle specializes in electronics recycling and will process them to make sure that every usable part and component is saved from the landfill to help to conserve natural resources. We also make sure that all personal information is destroyed beyond recovery.
Electronic equipment often contains elements of various potentially toxic materials, including heavy metals such as gold, silver, lead, mercury, cadmium, barium, and chromium. It is clearly beneficial to prevent these potentially hazardous materials from being put into landfills, where they can cause damage to the soil structure, the atmosphere, and the water table. If some of the component parts can be sold or reused in the manufacture of new products, that is an even better solution than just recovering the materials.Potomac eCycle will recycle them to make sure that every usable part and component is saved from the landfill.
A Few Of The Items That We Recycle
- Computers (PCs and laptops)
- Computer accessories
- Monitors and printers
- Television sets
- Video players and recorders
- Cellphones and tablets
- Gaming devices
- Hard drives and data storage equipment
Your Local Electronics Recycling Center
People are becoming increasingly aware that we all have a duty to preserve the environment and save natural resources. We are the stewards of the planet with a responsibility to maintain its health for future generations. Recycling makes it possible to avoid contaminating landfills with the dangerous substances contained in electronic devices. During electronic recycling, all pollutants are removed and then eliminated in a safe and responsible manner. Materials from recycled devices can often be used in the manufacture of new products so recycling saves natural resources and avoids the pollution that would be generated by the production of new materials.
In addition to the obvious metals, plastics, and glass, electronic devices often contain dangerous heavy metals, including lead, silver, barium, cadmium, chromium, and mercury. Our electronics recycling program is designed to safely dispose of unwanted devices instead of consigning them to a landfill site where they could cause soil, water, or air contamination. Some of the electronic devices may be suitable for refurbishment in which case they will be recycled for continued use.
A further incentive to recycle is that it is sometimes possible to recycle electronics for cash! As your local electronics recycling center, Potomac eCycle can quickly tell you if we can pay for your devices and, if not, we will usually be able to recycle them for free (old television recycling may include a disposal charge).
We believe in a business model where profit is not the only aim of the business. By reusing devices no longer needed by their owners, or by dismantling these devices to extract recyclable materials, we have been involved in limiting waste for many years and are helping to change consumption patterns. Our work brings refurbished and guaranteed devices back to the market, giving everyone access to equipment while reducing the environmental impact of new manufacturing. This reuse of components and devices is often referred to as the “circular economy” and is based on the principle of reusing products, remanufacturing components, and ultimately recycling what cannot be reused.
“Looking beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles: design out waste and pollution; keep products and materials in use; regenerate natural systems.”
If we are to combat climate change and preserve the environment and resources for the future, this enlightened approach to the use of materials is essential.
We promise to:
- Extract hazardous substances from each device to ensure controlled disposal;
- Treat all hazardous substances extracted from the devices;
- Preserve natural resources by optimizing the recycling of devices, reducing their environmental footprint and encouraging the eco-design of new electrical and electronic equipment;
- Recycle devices up to 97% on average, as secondary raw materials;
- Support the reuse of used electronic products and support integration employment by providing repairable devices to qualified facilities.
Potomac eCycle does not allow the hazardous components and substances resulting from the treatment of devices to be treated in countries where it cannot obtain the assurance of treatment that respects the environment.