The IT asset disposition industry is widely known in the recycling world for the safe, and environmentally friendly disposal of electronic waste. However, many people may not be aware of the industry, and in addition, some electronic scrap facilities focus only on reuse and refurbishment of electronics, especially in the state of Texas.
“The Recycling Market Development Plan,” required by Senate Bill 649, was recently published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and found that the capacity for e-scrap processing exceeds the amount of e-scrap collected for recycling. When compared with the amount of e-scrap the state disposed of in 2019, this may seem strange. The report states that 35.1 million pounds of e-scrap were recycled, while 531.4 million pounds were processed for disposal. This indicates there is an abundance of e-waste that is able to be recycled, however, less than half of the available amount is actually being recycled. The report looked at e-scrap collection and recycling, but did not cover device refurbishment and reuse, however, the gap in e-scrap recycled versus collected is partly due to the amount of processing facilities in Texas that only focus on device refurbishment and reuse.
Out of the nearly 60 electronic processing facilities in Texas, the study found that some of them only perform reuse and refurbishment services. Authors of the study ran into obstacles along the way, including more than 40 e-recycling companies not responding to surveys. According to the study authors, another roadblock in the process is that, “many electronics processing facilities in Texas are part of national or multinational corporations that require corporate-level approval for the release of any data, so many companies were not able to participate because they were unable to obtain corporate approval.” As a result, the study had to rely largely on state program collection quantities, and estimates based on data reported through a state hazardous waste collection program. Since 2015, when the state was reported to have recycled 85.5 million pounds of e-scrap, there has been a substantial decline in recycled materials.
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