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You have options when it comes to disposing of your electronics. There are countless recyclers who offer electronic recycling services, and one of the first things you should consider is the difference between reusing and recycling. Unfortunately, the majority of e-waste organizations are mandated only to recycle electronics rather than consider the reuse potential, thereby eliminating the possibility of reuse by individuals and organizations unable to afford new items. In addition to this, breaking down operational equipment increases demand for brand new equipment, in turn increasing the necessity for virgin natural resources to be mined in order to meet demand. The ERA’s primary course of action is to evaluate every item we receive for remaining productive life. Once confirmed, items that can be reused are refurbished and prepared to be redeployed into the marketplace. These items undergo stringent and reliable data sanitization (software or hardware based) and are tested for quality control and relevance. In the event that items do not exhibit any reuse potential, they are sent to one of our accredited recycling partners for final recycling. At ERA, we believe reuse is the most responsible and beneficial first line of action, both from an environmental and social perspective. We believe destroying equipment that still offers usability is wasteful and unnecessary. Recycling has an extremely important place in the chain of custody, but should be used only once an item is proven to be of no further reasonable use.

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