In the past, CCNY has always traded in systems from Sun Microsystems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco whether they were used or not. As a result, there’s a surplus of systems that are no longer in high demand, yet we have a significant quantity of them. So what do we do with these systems? Recycling the systems was an obvious answer, as it keeps our landfills clear of the hazardous materials that are contained in everyday computers and servers, and we’ve decided to take this route to better our world while creating a new venture for our business.
Since the labor to recycle computer components is very intensive, unless you’re tearing down systems in large quantities, the recycling business is not all that profitable. In fact, to be at all profitable, the components must be completely disassembled and sorted into as many categories as possible to get them down to their basic forms (gold, silver, copper, etc.) Of course, some computers are worth more than others. A pound of computer hardware isn’t a determination of value, many other factors such as the number of CPUs, thickness of circuit boards, number of power supplies and casing material all influence the required labor and profitability. This is where we come into play. By taking small quantities of used and unwanted systems from local businesses and various agencies, combining them and then tearing them down we feel that we can not only create a new service but also do our part to help save the planet.
To date CCNY has recycled approximately 120,000lbs of electronics waste so far.
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