Recycling Revisited

In case you haven’t noticed, the recycling industry is in trouble. I feel fortunate that although some folks think of us as electronics recyclers, we are emphatically not in the recycling business. Our mantra is “Reuse First” and we provide data security and environmentally preferable outcomes for the assets entrusted to us by our customers….

Swimming Upstream

Here in Arrow’s Value Recovery business, we refer to our specialized recycling partners as our “downstream.” We take assets that cannot be repaired or refurbished or have no viable new life in their form as assets per se, and we break them down. First we harvest usable parts. Even if a laptop cannot be repaired,…

Free Computer Recycling? Run Away!

Ads for “free computer recycling” make my skin crawl. Free, of course, sounds good to most people. But as with most “free” offers, there’s a catch. The catch in this case might not be obvious to the office or facility manager charged with simply getting rid of everything. Office moves happen, and the logistics and…

What goes in must come out – but can it?

One of the flaws in thinking recycling is so virtuous is that too little attention goes into the energy and materials needed in the recycling process. Without a doubt, it’s better to be able to use recycled aluminum than freshly mined ore, but the recycling process itself is energy and material intensive. Another major flaw…