Electronics Recycling: The rapid evolution and constant use of technology is drastically reducing the lifecycle of IT assets.
The average lifespan of today’s technology typically ranges from 10 months for assets like tablets and phones, to 2-3 years for PCs and servers. Without a plan in place, you are exposing yourself to huge operational risks.
With the growing amount of electronic waste (e-waste), proper electronics recycling is more important than ever before. If disposed of improperly, harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, chromium, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can contaminate our soil and water if dumped illegally, or create toxic fumes if incinerated. Effective May 4, 2004, a City of Sioux Falls ordinance banned electronics from the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill, making it illegal to throw IT assets in the landfill.
SEAM provides electronics recycling, bulb recycling and battery recycling services using secure and environmentally sound methods to keep you in compliance and make sure you are protected. Everything we touch is handled in accordance with the highest worldwide certifications for environmental management systems and quality processes. We follow strict guidelines including no-overseas and no-landfill policies, and establish a documented, chain of custody trail for your assets while safely and securely maximizing value.
With SEAM, we manage the risks so you don't have to.
At SEAM, we go above and beyond the EPA supported waste management hierarchy. We believe reuse is the best form of electronic recycling and follow a strict No Landfill policy for all electronic equipment that enters our facility.
Our technicians are trained to identify incoming material for reuse as whole units as well as for the recovery of precious metals and other valuable commodities. Material that is able to be reused is thoroughly tested, data is securely erased, and the unit is remarketed. Material that is not able to be reused due to low value or by customer requirement, is disassembled and separated into its core elements including aluminum, copper wire, steel, precious metals, glass and plastic. Individual commodities are then recycled for reuse in the most environmentally safe manner possible in accordance with SEAM's stringent electronics recycling and data destruction certifications. Certificates of Destruction and Recycling are provided for all IT equipment recycling services.
The ultimate goal of SEAM is to reuse all materials that can be, and to return non-reusable materials back to their original element forms.
SEAM accepts electronics of all types. Commonly accepted items include desktop computers, laptops, cell phones, servers, printers, monitors, batteries, computer parts, peripherals and fluorescent bulbs. Check out our full list of Accepted Items here.
If you have a unique or questionable item, the SEAM team will work with you to find the best way to safely and securely handle it.
The following materials are not accepted:
Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Dishwashers, Detectors (Smoke, Gas, Carbon Monoxide), Electric Mowers, Laundry and Dryer Machines, Medical X-Ray Machines, PCB Ballasts, Radioactive components, Refrigerators, Stoves.
SEAM maintains recycling standards in compliance with e-Stewards, R2:2013, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, the highest worldwide standards for data security, environmental management systems and quality processes.
All data bearing devices are handled in accordance with SEAM's stringent security standards.
SEAM has established documented procedures for managing Hazardous e-Waste equipment, components, and materials – with respect to both onsite activities and the selection of downstream vendors. Our first priority is protecting worker health and safety, public health, and the environment.
SEAM does not allow the export of hazardous e-waste materials to developing countries, either directly nor indirectly through our downstream partners.
All downstream vendors are fully audited annually according to SEAM's certification requirements and must pass our rigorous environmental audits before they are authorized to handle any material for further processing. Along with environmental standards, vendors must meet strict health, safety and security requirements and abide by import/export legislation, allowing SEAM to track all materials to their final destinations.