The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated an installed base of 338.3 million PCs in the U.S. in 2010, with a 20.5 percent annual retirement rate. In addition, the use of portable and disposable devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc., continue to increase at a phenomenal rate. A byproduct of this explosion in electronic devices is the proliferation of foreign scrap markets that fail to dispose of equipment properly and threaten human health and the environment. Substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium and polyvinyl chlorides are released into the environment through toxic runoff that is produced when circuit boards are heated over an open fire. Exposure can lead to brain damage, kidney disease, cancers and mutations.
U.S. Micro handles each step of the recycling process onsite at its facilities. We view reselling IT assets as the highest form of recycling, and refurbish approximately 90 percent of assets that we receive.
Contact a U.S. Micro representative to explore how our highly developed recycling process can help your company safeguard the environment and your reputation.
Learn about the human and environmental threats posed by foreign e-waste scrap markets.