Friday, May 7, 2010

Electronics Recycling in Plano

Do you have valuable space in your garage, cabinets, or living area taken up by outdated and unused appliances?  Don't put them on the curb, recycle them!  eRecycler is a family run business that makes sure all your electronics are disposed of in an eco-friendly way.

Mark and I spoke with the team at eRecycler at the Green Expo and when we dropped off our outdated appliances, batteries, and CDs a few weeks ago.

From L to R, Chris Barfield, Gabrielle Bruns, and Lauren Bruns

At the Green Expo, Lauren Bruns (daughter of the founder of eRecycler, Bob Bruns) spent several minutes with us answering all our questions about how they recycle the electronics and the types of electronics they accept.  After hearing reports of electronics being sent overseas for recycling, I wanted to find out how eRecycler handled their items.  Lauren assured me that none of the items they get are sent overseas.  Also, they recycle every part of the electronics.  So what kinds of items do they accept?

(from their website)

Electronics Recycling 

  • Computers
  • Servers
  • Telephones
  • Cell Phones
  • Circuit Boards
  • Computer Drives
  • Cable & Wire
  • Pos Equipment
  • Mainframes
  • Networking Equipment
  • Printers
  • Test Equipment
  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies
  • Monitors
  • Security Equipment
  • Lab Equipment
  • Video Equipment
  • Batteries
Metals and more
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel
  • Lead Batteries
  • Copper
  • Server Racks
  • Circuit Boards
  • Memory
  • Processors
  • Electric Motors
  • Switching Equipment
  • Valves
  • Brass
  • Cardboard
  • Corrugated Box
  • Paper
  • Plastics

When Mark and I dropped off our items at their Petal Street location near 635, we spoke with Debra Hamilton.  Debra told us that when they receive items, they determine if local charities need the items (like used TVs for shelters).  If so, they give them away.  Then, they sell any usable items on their ebay store.  Everything else gets broken down at their facility and recycled locally.  They even do data destruction.  

There is so much more information on their website,  Check it out and clear up your electronic recycling the eco-friendly way!