Frequently Asked Recycling Questions
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Q: What kinds of electronics does Magnum Computer Recycling accept?
A: We accept any electronic device that operates with a battery or power cord.
Q: Is there anything Magnum Computer Recycling does NOT accept?
A: We cannot accept smashed televisions or monitors. We will accept cannibalized TV’s and monitors, but there is a fee for that service. We also do not accept smoke detectors, or thermostats containing mercury switches.
Q: Can I recycle common alkaline household batteries?
A: Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals such as steel and zinc and manganese that do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal disposal.
Q. What happens to my personal information on computers or cell phones?
A. Your personal information is completely safe. Any devices containing personal information are handled in strict compliance with R2 standards. Prior to physical destruction, all items containing personal information are kept under 24 / 7 surveillance in our secured warehouse. These items then go through a multi-stepped destruction process, which is verified by an independent authority. This insures that no personal information is able to be retrieved from the electronic devices.
Q. What are R2 Standards?
A. The EPA encourages all electronics recyclers to become certified by demonstrating to an accredited, independent third-party auditor that they meet specific standards to safely recycle and manage electronics. Currently two accredited certification standards exist: the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and the e-Stewards® standards.
Responsible electronics recycling provides important benefits, such as:
• Reducing environmental and human health impacts from improper recycling;
• Increasing access to quality reusable and refurbished equipment to those who need them;
• And reducing energy use and other environmental impacts associated with mining and processing of virgin materials – conserving our limited natural resources.
Both the existing certification programs share common elements that ensure responsible recycling of used electronics. These programs advance best management practices and offer a way to assess the environmental, worker health, and security practices of entities managing used electronics.
Specifically, these certification programs are based on strong environmental standards which maximize reuse and recycling, minimize exposure to human health or the environment, ensure safe management of materials by downstream handlers, and require destruction of all data on used electronics.
Certified electronics recyclers have demonstrated through audits and other means that they continually meet specific high environmental standards and safely manage used electronics. Once certified, the recycler is held to the particular standard by continual oversight by the independent accredited certifying body, ensuring that they meet specific responsibilities and are competent to audit and provide certification.
Q. What happens to my old electronics?
A. With Magnum Computer Recycling, your electronics are handled safely and properly. Magnum Computer Recycling is proud to be R2 and ISO 14001 certified. We are an EPA registered company, as well as a member of the Central Contractor Registration, which allows us to partner with other government facilities. Our Class D recycling facility ID# is 593413. We are inspected regularly by state and independent environmental agencies. Magnum Computer Recycling is dedicated to improving our environment while helping clients to properly dispose e-waste in accordance with local, county, state and federal laws.
Q. Why use a certified electronics recycler?
A. Certified electronics recyclers, such as Magnum Computer Recycling, follow a hierarchy for processing used electronics. We carefully inspect your electronics and determine whether the used electronic equipment can be reused, repaired or refurbished for reuse. If the equipment cannot be reused, then certified recyclers will either disassemble the used equipment for parts, (which break it down into its basic material components, such as plastics, metals or glass); or send it to responsible, approved processors.
Q. What are the benefits of using a responsible, certified electronics recycler?
A. It is extremely important to use a responsible, certified recycler. They must comply with all environmental, health, and safety legal requirements, both domestically and internationally. They promote reuse and recovery of used electronics equipment, as well as data destruction, data security, along with worker safety, and environmental protection.
Q. Did you know..?
A. Recycling one million laptops saves the equivalent of energy used by 3,500 US homes in a year. For every one million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
Q. Which states does Magnum Computer Recycling currently service?
A. We provide electronics recycling in southern New Jersey, Greater Philadelphia, and Northern Delaware areas. Our business is growing! If you are from another area, we would love to hear from you and would be happy to answer your recycling questions.