A recycle drive is a fundraising event aimed to collect computers and electronics from the local community. After a date is agreed upon, ALC Recycling will set up a booth for consumers to bring in their old, broken, unwanted computers and electronics at your destination of choice. All collections will be hauled to our facility in Winchester where they will be responsibly recycled.
How Does It Work?
There are three ways to do a recycle drive through ALC.
If the nonprofit believes they have a great deal support through their community we can designate a time frame to have your community members bring their old computer and electronics to your location. ALC will have their trucks and staff on hand for collections that day.
If the non profit does not believe their members would make such a turn out we can designate a drop off area for their supporters to bring in computers and electronics. The nonprofit will be responsible for storing these items and making sure to not allow uncollectable items. This has worked out very well in the past.
The best method is to do a combination of both. Have a designated recycle day event and allow those supporter who can’t make it to drop off their items early.
Again, ALC cannot stress enough that items collected at drop off locations are not available to staff members to pick and choose from. These items often have personal information within them that ALC destroys or erases. Having staff members pick out items they would like to have from the drop off locations creates a chain of liability for both organizations. Also, members will often unknowingly drop off items such as TVs and CRT monitors, as well as other items, that ALC does not recycle or charges to recycle. In such an event, the organization will be responsible for disposing said items or must be willing to pay ALC recycling fees.
How Does Your Organization Get Paid?
Your non-profit organization will promote the event through your local networks to consumers and small businesses, ALC Recycling does the rest. After the material is collected and hauled back to our facility it will be sorted and weighed. The non-profit should receive their first pay check within 7-10 business days for the “scrap value” of the goods collected. This normally ranges between $350--$950 depending on how well the event is marketed and the turn-out. After which the non-profit will receive two residual checks for 10% of the total amount sold, for those items that are resalable. Normally between $150-$500.
What Does ALC Recycling Do With All Collected Materials?
Our goal is to find a new home for all items we collect. Be it through reselling, refurbishing or donation. However, some items have reached the end of their life cycle and must be recycled. Through a tedious process of sorting, parting and testing, we try to remove any circuit board or metallic item from the items collected. The metallic items are recycled through local scrap yards in the form of steel, aluminum, copper and brass. The circuit boards are shipped to an R2 certified e-waste recycler in Mentor, OH. This process is still far from perfect. Material is being sent to the landfill everyday in bulk quantities and we have to do our best to redirect that material while still doing our best to recycle whats currently collected. What’s normally left at this point is ABS plastic. This is the only material we currently do not have an outlet to recycle. We have petitioned Warren County to offer recycling for plastic types 3-9 but as of this writing it only offers recycling for plastic types 1-2. For details on our recycling practices see below
Other items that contain harmful chemicals, such as CRT TV’s and Monitors or LCD TV’s are not accepted during recycle drives. These items should be taken to Best Buy or Staples to take advantage of their Dell Reconnect Recycling Offers.
Though far from a perfect process, the goal is always to do our best to responsibly recycle the items collected; items that would otherwise been buried in a landfills.
ALC Recycling is very concerned about others personal information. Depending on the consumers stated preference, all hard drives are wiped using either 1-pass or 3-pass ( DoD 5220.22-M data sanitization 3-wipe pass method) professional wiping software. We use an external Drive eRazers Ultra docking station to run our wipes. After the wipe is completed, we can take a picture of the hard drive connected to the docking station reading ‘verify complete’. These pictures can be provided if the customer asked for a certificate of destruction at the time of drop off. When recycling cell phones our goal is first to pull any SIM cards and reset/erase the data back to factory settings. Once completed, the phone is tested for resell or sold as parts. If the phones’ data cannot be erased due to damage or being locked, the phone is sent to an R2 recycling center to be recycled. If hard drives are unreadable by our wipe software, the platter may be removed and rendered unreadable via a grinder (if requested) or the whole unit will be sent to an R2 certified recycler.
How is ALC Recycling Different?
There are many wonderful e-waste recyclers out there and when recycling companies compete our Earth is the ultimate winner. We are different in that we truly believe reuse is the best form of recycle. We try to sell everything we possibly can out of the items we collect. We have even tried to sell the screws out of the material collected if we can find a market for it. Whereas many of the larger companies see how many thousands of pounds they can dump into a shredding machine we donate bulk quantities of used goods to schools, shelters, students, IT companies as well as resell through eBay, Amazon and wholesale.