Electronic Recyclables

Some of the most commonly asked questions we get at Legacy are “What items do you take?” and “What happens to all this stuff once it leaves our office?”. Both are excellent questions that essentially deal with the same basic issue of keeping as much hazardous material out of the consumer waste stream as possible.  Research shows that extracting raw materials from the earth takes up more energy than utilizing recycled commodities.  So to help with this issue and to help answer these commonly asked questions we try and take as many different types of electronics as possible out of the waste stream.  What we generally say in the industry is that if it plugs into an outlet or runs on batteries we can recycle it for you.  Now, what happens to these items once they get to our warehouse is a pretty simple process but it is an essential step in the recycling chain of custody.  The recyclables get separated and categorized based on factors like size or commodity variation.  Items that are large have to get broken down further and items that consist of many different commodities have to get dismantled into their basic parts, such as, glass, plastic, copper, aluminum, etc.  Once the electronics have been broken down the commodities are then shipped to various processors and refineries around the Midwest.  At the refineries they get refined and purified into reusable raw materials where they can then be used to make new products.  These products then enter the consumer stream where they begin the cycle all over again.

What We RecycleDellComputer

  • Desktop PCs/Network Servers /Laptops
  • CRT/LCD Monitors and Televisions
  • Peripherals (Printers, Scanners, Keyboards, etc)
  • Office Equipment (Copiers, FAX Machines, Phones, etc.)
  • Cables, Connectors and Adapters
  • Media (CDs, Floppy/Encased Diskettes, Storage Tape, etc.)
  • All types of batteries (NiCd, Pb acid, Li ion, Alkaline)
  • Small appliances (microwaves, toasters, vacuums, etc.)
  • Consumer electronics (VCR’s, stereos, DVD players, cell phones, etc.)