Responsible E-Waste

Posted: October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

I can’t help but notice the incredibly expensive MacBook sitting on my desk right now that is currently lacking an equally expensive battery. For those of you that are unaware, apparently MacBooks from circa 2007 have a tendency to have faulty batteries. And by faulty batteries, I mean the batteries literally begin to bow and warp.  Granted, an almost eight year old laptop earns the title ‘dinosaur’ after a years of abuse use…especially for a Mac–but even so!

After researching this battery inconvenience, I found out that Mac no longer honors this ‘recall’ on the 2007 batteries.  Funny thing is they stopped accepting the recalls shortly after 2008? You mean to tell me that people were having this issue shortly after their original MacBook purchase?  I guess I should consider myself lucky…

Before I continue to babble on incessantly, I should probably get to the point of this Scrap Metal blog.  Thinking about my beloved laptop made me think more about the scrap metal discussions regarding e*waste. There are so many differently clauses when it comes to the proper recycling of e*waste and it’s important that these are shared with those that are contemplating turning their e*waste in for a little extra spiff.

Here are three rules when recycling your e*waste:

  1. Know Who You’re Recycling With: You’d be surprised at how many different organizations claim to be e*waste recyclers when in actuality…they’re not.  This is a problem because your e*waste could be placed in the wrong hands and thus be recycled improperly.
  2. Free Recycling isn’t Free: Don’t let the less than reputable recyclers convince you that they’ll make you a better deal on your e*waste. If the business claims they can make you a good deal while also advertising free recycling it’s often times a lose/lose.  Think about it…free recycling on their end wouldn’t leave much of a profit for you now would it?
  3. Be Careful Regarding Your Data: If you find yourself getting rid of a computer or cellphone make sure that each eligible e*waste item has properly been erased.  If your e*waste products withhold important security information there’s a chance that your information could be spread to others (especially if your recycler isn’t reputable).

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

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