Over the past few years, there has been a buzz about recycling. But a new recycling movement has been getting attention: electronic recycling.
“The start of the process is receiving the equipment and we get large volumes of equipment and a lot of times the client doesn’t even know what they’re shipping at the time,” said President of HOBI International, Inc. Craig Boswell.
Millions of electronics are processed through the HOBI facility in Dallas each month. Once the assets have reached its end-of-life cycle, the high valued materials are recycled, such as gold and palladium.
“When we send this high grade precious metal scrap out they’re going to melt it down and recover the gold,” said Boswell. “Better than mining gold out of the ground we’ve got the gold right here that we’ve recovered from the electronics.”
The HOBI team focuses on re-using as many materials as possible, resulting in a higher profit margin for its clients.
“We’ll bale the plastic together and send it to a resin recycler that will recover the plastic and it can be made into new electronic products,” said Boswell.
With electronic recycling laws coming into affect, companies are facing significant fines for information technology breaches. There is a benefit to using a service provider that offers a holistic solution to e-recycling.
“As these new laws come into affect, these state laws how you can dispose of assets and the burden companies have in their sustainability programs to make sure they’re not only just compliant, but they’re setting the standard in the industry as far as sustainability initiative,” said Boswell.
HOBI has earned R2 Certification which is an independent certification that looks at the company’s data security, the environmental compliance and the downstream auditing.
“We go over and beyond to make sure that we’re recycling everything the right way,” said Cell Phone Supervisor of HOBI International, Inc. Erica Long.
When recycling electronics, such as cell phones, it is important that all information is removed from the product. Often times, individuals will store personal information, such as credit card numbers on their cell phones.
“You really need to do your homework,” said Vice President of HOBI International, Inc. Jack Johnson. “This is a trust business. This is a business where only the highest of integrity should be rewarded.”
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