PCExchange Recycling Program
PCExchange is now a computer and electronics recycler / computer recycling center.
You are probably aware that the materials used to manufacture computers can be harmful. PCs contain components that are toxic and hazardous to people. Don't worry, though; Your computer isn't a glowing, bio-hazardous nuclear calculator waiting to inflict harm upon you. That being said, if they aren't properly disposed of, they are a serious threat to our environment. (Read our "Environment" section to learn more)
If you recently started using a new PC or have any computers collecting dust, PCExchange recycles computers and other electronics FREE of charge. We ensure your personal data is protected and destroyed, and the machine is recycled properly. You may even qualify for free pick-up, yes that means we come to you... for free.
We are located in Framingham, MA at the Saxonville Industrial Park (the former Roxbury Carpet Mill) - just a few minutes away from the Natick Mall, Route 9, and exit 13 off I90 (MassPike). If you live in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts we may be able to send a truck for pick-up. If you live outside of Massachusetts or New England, we may still pay to have the items shipped to us. Give us a call at (508)788-6326 or Toll Free at (866)540-9999 for more info. You may also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will properly dispose of most computers and electronics you have. Its quick, easy, painless, your data will be securely destroyed, and best of all - its FREE!
Here is a partial list of towns that may qualify for free pick-up for computer recycling / disposal:
And many more...
For any inquiries e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at (508)788-6326.
If you are thinking about recycling that old computer you haven't turned on in months - or maybe even years, why wait?
Our Recycling Process
The overall process of recycling a computer is actually quite simple:
- Wipe your hard drive (see Data Privacy & Security for additional info).
- Sort your machine's parts into two categories:
- Parts that have not met their end-of-life stage
- These parts will be reused and recycled back into the market so the manufacturing demand can be reduced, saving energy & resources
- Parts that have reached their end of life stage (E-waste)
- These parts are further divided into several parts channels to minimize environmental impact and maximize the effectiveness of our end-of-life salvaging procedure. We avoid bringing any parts to a landfill or incinerator, after all that's why we recycle.
Send you a certificate signed by the observing recycling technician, informing you the equipment has been properly recycled (upon request).
"Recovering these metals with state-of-the art recycling processes generates a small fraction of the CO2 emissions, land degradation and hazardous emissions caused by mining them."
The article continues:
"Recovering 10 kilograms of aluminum via recycling, for example, uses no more than 10% of the energy required for primary production, preventing the creation of 13 kilograms of bauxite residue, 20 kilograms of CO2, and 0.11 kilograms of sulphur dioxide emissions, and causes many other emissions and impacts." (United Nations University (2009, September 17). Set World Standards For Electronics Recycling, Reuse To Curb E-waste Exports To Developing Countries, Experts Urge. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 19, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090915140919.htm)
This means when compared to mining new aluminum, recycling saves 90% of the energy; a difference that is more than enough to justify our efforts.
Also, take into account that on average about 80% of the total energy required for a PC is during manufacturing. That indicates only a startling 20% is due to power use from the end user. Recycling, salvaging, reclamation, recovery: call it as you please, but it makes a serious difference. Not only for our environment, but also our economy by creating about 300 jobs per 10,000 tons of material. Compare that with a maximum of ten jobs created per 10,000 tons if the material is incinerated or disposed of in a landfill. The question now is, will you recycle?
IT Departments and Large Quantity Recycling
If you have multiple pallets (aka skids) full of computers to recycle; PCExchange is equipped to handle it. We recycle for both businesses and individuals. We will even travel outside Massachusetts for large pick-ups. If you or your business is located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine, please ask us for additional information. Depending on the model, we may even pay you to recycle your machines.
Asset Management (From Small Businesses to Enterprises)
We offer an Asset Management program for companies that have certain business-grade models. This would include (but not limited to) Dell's Optiplex and Latitude lines, IBM's ThinkPad and ThinkCentre lines, as well as Panasonic ToughBooks.
Inventory Pick-Up & Centralization
Before we can proceed evaluating the equipment, we must first centralize all of your hardware at our facility. Whether everything is already at one location or the machines are spread across several locations, we can arrange a pick-up. If you have several locations with multiple machines, that's no problem, we can arrange a pickup.
Testing, Auditing, & Tracking
As soon as the equipment is centralized, PCExchange will test and audit the machines to determine the operational ability of each part and log all important asset tracking information.
Government-Grade Data Security
PCExchange values your privacy and cannot stress how important data security is, and we take every precaution to ensure the safety of your data. We use the DoD (Dept. of Defense) protocol "5220-22M." View our "Data Privacy & Security" section for additional information.
Verifying Value Process
We take into account several variables and market conditions and will determine which machines may be resold. From there, we look to achieve a fair ROI for you.
Data Privacy & Security
We cannot stress how serious PCExchange is at keeping your personal and financial data secure and out of prying eyes. We operate in compliance to RFPA, HIPAA, and FMA / GLB. In addition to our compliance, we also use a DoD 5220-22M data wipe. This means that all of the data on your drive is written over multiple times so even a professional data recovery lab cannot snoop through your private information.
The U.S. Government's Department of Defense trusted the "5220.22M" method with their highly classified data. When we execute a wipe, there's absolutely no reason to have any anxiety about the security of your data.
Unlike most companies that recycle, we have fixed and repaired computers for over 10 years, so we know a thing or two about them. There is no doubt your data is safe with us. We understand that there are other recycling options, and should you choose someplace that seems more convenient, we would advise you to make sure they are serious about data protection; some may leave your private information and identity at risk through sloppy practices.
Here at PCExchange we are average people. We may toss a battery in the trash here and there. We don't all drive Prius's and have solar panels installed on our houses. And it should go without saying that we are far from swearing off the toxic effects of civilization, moving to Alaska to live in the wild, and changing our diet to include only 100% natural, non-manufactured foods. So it would be somewhat hypocritical to suggest someone to change their everyday recycling habits. But we do encourage people to be responsible - because it isn't difficult to do on the important items - and recycle or properly dispose of major appliances such as TVs, computers, refrigerators, and AC units. Sadly, it isn't far fetched at all for someone to abandon an AC unit to leak freon in the woods of near your house or dump a computer near the local reservoir to contaminate the water with lead.
Electronic waste contains toxic metals, toxic gases, biologically active materials, and acids - among many things. The last thing anyone should want is the possibility of these contaminating our water sources because improper disposal.
The facts and figures about E-waste aren't pretty to say the least, here's just a few:
- The average US citizen generates about 1500 lbs. of trash per year! That's approximately 4 pounds each day.
- In reports released by the National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center, just over 5% of the computers in 1998 were recycled when compared to those produced. This is quite a shocking amount of carelessness with e-waste handling. With the growing general awareness of the environment this has multiplied for the better, but e-waste recycling is still far from the idealistic 100%. Actually, its not even close to half that. One would think with all the media exposure it would be a modest 25% or even a respectable 40-50%. Everyone needs to do their part to keep the major sources of unhealthy chemicals out of landfills.
PCExchange's Environmental Impact
PCExchange is continuing to take steps to further reduce our impact on the environment. Here are some of our current practices to moderate our carbon footprint:
-We avoid the use of machines whenever possible and have actual living, breathing people preform tasks that many larger companies have automated. It may be slightly longer, but we find the energy and materials saved to be more important.
-Eliminated waste streams with the initiation of our recycling program
-In our warehouse we use electric forklifts for and pallet-jacks for skids on the floor. We keep the majority of our active inventory on the floor enabling us to avoid virtually any forklift use, saving energy.
-Reuse only computers from our own inventory that are energy star certified in our offices to prevent us from adding to the list of newly manufactured computers.
-Have switched many processes in our warehouse to electronic forms instead of paper use - saving hundreds of pounds of paper.
We look forward to updating this list as our current and future plans are followed through. We are currently looking into the possibility of a location move. This will enable our storefront and warehouse to reside in the same building to increase both business productivity and energy efficiency through better thermal regulation, heating and cooling systems, lighting, and carbon emissions. It would also eliminate the need for a truck to move items back and forth between the warehouse and storefront.
Why is it free?
Many companies will charge a fee per item to recycle, which can steer some people into improper disposal. We pledge to keep our drop-off recycling service free of charge. We are committed to improving the recycling rates of E-Waste in the Massachusetts area. The biggest step was to offer a place to recycle any computer we sell locally. Our eventually goal is to make sure every computer we sell is disposed of properly, a multiple step and long term plan. We believe its an ambition which should be shared by more indivduals (and companies alike) should share.