E-Waste Collection Service
Upcycle offers wide array of services from electronic waste recycling, battery recycling, data destruction and sales of refurbish items. There are three points to keep in mind which 1. Reuse 2. Reduce and 3. Recycle. We believe in reusing the items that are still functioning to reduce the electronic waste and recycle the ones we cannot reuse to prevent them from ending up in the land fill. Upcycle can reuse up to 98% of E-waste by weight.
E-Waste Disposal & Recycling
Electronic waste contain re-usable materials including ferrous (iron-based) and non-ferrous metals, glass and various types of plastics. Recycling Electronic waste can save our valuable infinite resources.
Equipment Refurbishing & Trading
Refurbished equipment means equipment is repaired or adjusted before being re-sold.
All old equipment that cannot be refurbished need to be properly recycled. We aim to reduce the amount of E-waste ending up in the landfill.
What is considered E-Waste?
More than just outdated cell phones, E-Waste is any electronic waste that is no longer wanted or is now obsolete, whether it works or not.
To put it simply, E-Waste is anything with a plug or battery that is not wanted any more.
Why is E-Waste a growing problem?
Increasing consumer demand electrical and electronic items such as computers, flat screen televisions, mobile phones, etc. has escalated at an alarming rate. The damaging environmental impact of E-Waste going to landfill is immense.
Electrical items contain a number of toxic contaminants which, if dumped into landfill sites will eventually leach out of the earth, water and atmosphere with serious potential repercussions for our environment and our health.
If not for us, then for our children and our grandchildren.
Electronic waste is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Simple way to put it is by saying all products that has a power plug or can be operated by inserting batteries.
All E-waste that comes in to Upcycle warehouse gets sorted by our well trained staff. Once sorted, materials that can be locally recycled will be sent off to our local partners, and ones that cannot be recycled in New Zealand will be exported under the export permit to our proved offshore partners.
In some of the e-waste, we can recover valuable resources. By recovering these valuable materials, we can create profits. In some e-waste, there are hazardous materials which needs special treatments in order to keep the process of recycling environmentally friendly. These special treatments does cost therefore, the users are getting charged to cover for its recycling costs.
E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams. Toxic substances within some e-waste can have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not disposed of properly by leaching into soil. If toxic substances leach into our soil or make their way into the groundwater, then surrounding environment, animals and even human are exposed to the toxin. Also, improper disposal of e-waste does not allow for recovery and reuse of valuable materials.
• Lead can cause brain damage, nervous system damage, blood disorder, kidney damage and can damage fetal development.
• Beryllium can lead to breathing difficulties, coughing and chest pains
• Mercury can cause central nervous system damage and kidney damage
• Cadmium is a known carcinogen and it can cause kidney damage.
• Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) can have impact on growth and sexual development.
• Dioxins and Furans can cause skin disorder, liver problems, and impairment of the immune system.
There are many e-waste recycling companies in Auckland. However, some operate only to get their hands on particular e-waste that contains valuable (profitable) items only such as computer PC and laptops. To operate as a e-waste recycler, you need to have a waste facility license as well as a waste collectors license. Making sure that the company has all the licenses required to operate as a recycler prior to visiting them will support companies like Upcycle to continue providing honest services.
Recycling of e-waste can recover valuable materials. Materials extracted through recycling can be re-used as raw materials reducing the mining of natural resources. Recycling e-waste can also reduce waste and pollution. It allows us to have a better future.