Every item sent to ElectroniCycle is initially
examined by technicians-in-training to determine whether it is worth sending
into the Technical Department. All damaged, broken, or obsolete devices (and all
those sent with specific destruction orders) are sent to our Demanufacturing
department for manual disassembly or shredding.
About 50% of items are examined in the Technical Department by journeymen, or
one of our Master Technicians. Of those, 5%-10% are repaired in house, or
recovered for parts. Over 40 different types of parts and repaired products are kept in
Another 5%-10% of material is sent off site to specialty repair houses. For
example, ElectroniCycle exchanges repairable and non-repairable video display
equipment with specialty operations across the US. Some items, such as cosmetically
flawed but working Televisions, or VCRs (with little current demand in the US)
are designated as working or easily repairable by the Technical Department, and
marketed to Central & South America, Eastern Europe or Asia. In all, about 15%
of the material is finally recovered for reuse and repair -
visit our parts department
The 85% of material not qualified for reuse is sent to the
Demanufacturing Department. The Demanufacturing team breaks material down into
over 50 categories of scrap, sorted by chemistry and grade. Plastic is separated
by polymer, copper bearing materials (wire, copper yokes, degaussing coils,
etc.) are separated by copper chemistry, light aluminum is sorted from heavy
aluminum. Even glass CRTs are processed into barium, leaded, and mixed glass,
for recycling back into cathode ray tubes. See
Plastic is sorted from HIPS plastic prior to baling
chipped for use as gradient, optical mirrors are recovered for use as
mirrors. We even recover the screws (which can be hand sorted overseas for
reuse). ElectroniCycle's residue rate is estimated at
less than 1% of processed material.
circuit boards are sorted to recover reusable ICs, memory and cards before
being sent off site for processing for gold, palladium, silver and copper
glass containing Barium is separated from leaded funnel glass, for
higher end recycling uses .
from TV consoles is processed for beneficial land use applications.
examined by the Technical Department. Those which can be repaired and
reused are repaired in-house or sent to monitor specialists. Each monitor
is sold as an individual unit for positive revenue, by separate FCC code,
date of manufacture, brand, size, model and condition.
Computers, like the Apple
PowerMacs above, are individually sorted by speed, memory, hard drive, etc.
Hard drives are completely erased prior to reuse.