Whether you're getting rid of entire departments of old computers or closing a facility, the challenge of getting rid of electronics while complying with waste regulations can be hard to manage. If you're planning on reusing certain parts, the process can become even more complex. To make new construction or pre-demolition of electronics-stocked buildings easier, here's some electronics recycling insight for businesses trying to reduce downtime while maximizing their bottom line.
Streamline The Removal Plan
Efficient removal is about more than just making employees carry boxes outside. There's a few safety considerations and proper workflow ideas that can be applied to multiple parts of the process.
First, designate entry and exit plans for personnel moving the electronics. To avoid collision or awkward shuffling and stopping as workers come and go, you'll want everyone on the same page when it comes to using a certain doorway or a certain side of the hallway.
Although it sounds simple, there's always the issue of some workers carelessly taking a single, aggressive route and expecting others to get out of the way. Equally frustrating is when two parties meet up and slow down the process by waiting for one another to make the first move. A plan of walking on the right side of any given path can go a long way when it comes to avoiding workload slowdown.
Separating Recyclable Materials
If there are a lot of scrap materials, spare parts and peripherals, it's better to create organized bins for the small objects for later removal.
Designate an area for organizing before leaving the building to conserve worker energy. An adjacent room or empty space near the removal area is best so that workers won't have to waste energy by walking long distances to drop off a few small parts.
Using recycling bins allows workers to complete a removal task with few trips and reduces the amount of time spent on separating outside. Especially in construction zones, remodeling areas or demolition sites, you'll want to reduce the amount of time spent outside of office spaces or worker shelters.
Both separated recycling bins and larger systems such as desktop computers can be placed on pallet jacks or other loading platforms for quick delivery if you contact a recycling service ahead of time. Waste collection companies like Ground Effects Hauling Inc can deliver sanitized roll off dumpsters that can be loaded on the ground, allowing workers to walk in and set down recyclable materials.
If you plan on recycling certain components, such as copper or aluminum heat sinks from computers or power supply units, decide between recycling components or specific metals and materials. For example, you could designate a bin for all copper materials from a computer, or you could create a bin for all heat sinks. The decision depends on how much effort you want to invest in breaking down units and the daily recycling prices for each material.
Low-entry storage is a better choice than using a top-loading recycling dumpster, since workers may have to reach too high in order to deposit materials. This increases fatigue and can lead to injury depending on how heavy the materials are and the condition of your workers. Contact a container rental company to discuss dumpster delivery, construction site navigation and recyclable materials delivery.