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Updated by Interco on Dec 09, 2020
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5 Things You Need to Know to Recycle eScrap

eScrap has become the world’s fastest-growing trash stream. Anyone who has discarded a phone or computer for a newer, sleeker model participated in the production of electronic waste.


What is eScrap?

What is eScrap?

eScrap refers to electronic waste nearing the end of their shelf-life. For example, computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines. The bulk of these products are reusable.

Collecting used computers and electronics and turning them in for cash has become popular among recyclers. In fact, most recycling centers buy eScrap computers and scrap electronics of all shapes and sizes.


What Do We Do With eScrap?

With the current rate we consume and discard of eWaste; the United Nations University (U.N.U.), predicts that an increase of up to 120 million tons in the next 30 years will occur. Although, most electronic devices contain a variety of valuable materials, including:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper

How Much of What We Produce is Disposed of Through eScrap Recycling?

With only 12.5% of eWaste recycled, it is not surprising that many people are unaware of the potential for repurposing. When your business's electronics expire, it is important to understand the value of the equipment or parts there. Most of which have recoverable materials that are ready easily re-marketable.


How Valuable is eScrap?

According to researchers at U.N.U., the raw materials contained in e-waste were worth roughly $61 billion in 2016, more than the gross domestic product of even middle-income countries like Croatia or Costa Rica.

In fact, for every 1 million cell phones that recycled, 35,274 lbs. of copper, 772 lbs. of silver, 75 lbs. of gold, and 33 lbs. of palladium is recoverable.


Where Can I Take my eScrap?

There are safe methods for disposing of scrap electronics. The process to recycle eScrap is vital to keeping as much hazardous material out of landfills as possible.

Interco became only the second electronics refurbishing and recycling company in the world to achieve the coveted Responsible Recycling R2:2013 Standard Certification.